07/09/2007 11:00PM

Silent Name hurt by dual ailments


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Silent Name's streak of misfortune continued Saturday when he finished last at 9-5 in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap. For the second straight race, he had an excuse. Trainer Gary Mandella said a post-race exam indicated Silent Name "bled badly" in the Triple Bend. Further tests showed he was compromised by an unspecified allergic reaction.

It was the second time this spring Silent Name had bad luck. In the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park on May 28, he lost his chance when he stumbled badly at the start.

"He's kind of an unlucky horse," Mandella said.

Silent Name also is very good. He won the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup, a Grade 2 sprint on Polytrack at Keeneland on April 14, and last year won the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap on turf at Santa Anita. Mandella is unsure when Silent Name will race again, or resume serious training.

"Everything is up in the air right now," Mandella said. "I don't know when his next race would be. We'll back off and see when he's ready."

Mandella gets another chance to win a graded stakes Saturday when Albertus Maximus, runner-up in the Affirmed Handicap, takes on Tiago in the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds. The field may also include the Affirmed winner Desert Code as well as Awesome Gambler and Souvenir Slew.

Coast Guard looking sharp for debut

Trainer David Hofmans is not doing a very good job of hiding the 2-year-old colt Coast Guard. A son of Stormy Atlantic, Coast Guard posted the fastest five-furlong work of the morning Tuesday at Hollywood Park (59.60 seconds) and is expected to make his debut for owner John Amerman next Wednesday, opening day at Del Mar. The work Tuesday by Coast Guard was the latest in a string of impressive works by the colt, who Hofmans said "just floats over the ground."

Meanwhile, Hofmans and Amerman are in the process of deciding which direction to take with Balance. She earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 102 when she finished second in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on Saturday, and could run at Del Mar or ship.

One horse who will not ship anytime soon is Hofmans's sprinter Greg's Gold. He finished a troubled fourth in the Aristides BC, a Grade 3 sprint June 2 at Churchill Downs, and is aiming for the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap on July 29 at Del Mar, a race he won in 2005.

Latin Rhythms may go in La Jolla

Latin Rhythms earned his way into a Del Mar stakes after a nose win Sunday in a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds. Trainer Ron Ellis said Latin Rhythms, owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, may start next on Aug. 11 in the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds in which he would concede seasoning to more experienced rivals.

"He did [Sunday] too," Ellis noted.

The route race was his first against winners and first around two turns. Ellis said the La Jolla "is good timing-wise, but he needs to learn to change leads to take it to the next level."

Latin Rhythms, sired by King Cugat, switched leads in his runner-up debut on grass, but did not switch leads in the lane in his maiden sprint win, or his allowance win Sunday. Latin Rhythms won by a nose with a Beyer Figure of 95.

Ellis said that Declan's Moon, who won an allowance on July 5 with a 99 Beyer, will be nominated to the Bing Crosby.

Foxysox nearing return

Nashoba's Key is the top filly owned by Warren Williamson and trained by Carla Gaines, but she was not the first to make the transition from turf to Cushion Track. Foxysox was a graded stakes winner on grass before she won the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap last fall on Cushion Track. Following a four-month break, Foxysox is nearing a return to training.

Gaines said Foxysox will return to the track at the end of this month after her campaign stalled from nagging foot issues.

"She just needed a break, that's all," Gaines said, adding that Foxysox and Nashoba's Key are both expected to race next year as 5-year-olds. "Mr. Williamson campaigns them until something stops their career."

Foxysox will not race until fall, but Gaines's 3-year-old stakes winner Spot the Diplomat is sitting on a comeback. Owned by Harris Farms, Spot the Diplomat has not raced since October when he was seventh as the favorite in the Cal Cup Juvenile.

"It was the same thing" as Foxysox, said Gaines. "He was just kind of tired and needed a break."

Spot the Diplomat won two California-bred stakes last summer at Del Mar, and Gaines will aim him for the Real Good Deal, a seven-furlong stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds on Aug. 10.

Runaway Dancer still going

Whether or not he wins the Grade 2 Sunset Handicap on Sunday, 8-year-old gelding Runaway Dancer deserves an award for sheer longevity.

"Not many horses have been around running in stakes as long as he has," trainer Dan Hendricks said. Runaway Dancer won his first stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 24, 2003 - the day before the Breeders' Cup - and 25 of his next 26 starts were in stakes. Overall, Runaway Dancer has compiled a 7-for-38 record, earning $692,044.

Runaway Dancer will be one of only a handful of starters Sunday in the $150,000 Sunset at 1 1/2 miles. As of Tuesday, Runaway Dancer and Stormin Away were the only definite starters.

Jones barn streaking

When you're hot you're hot, and no one has been hotter the past month at Hollywood than trainer Marty Jones.

"I hate to see this meet end," he said, and it is easy to see why. Including the Grade 1 Triple Bend, won by Bilo, Jones entered closing week having won with 11 of his last 23 starters. The streak could continue Thursday when Jones starts likely favorite Captain Sacto in race 2, a $10,000 sprint claimer.

Bilo will get a short break and likely resurface Aug. 19 at Del Mar in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap. The 3-year-old filly Desire to Excel, who won a minor stakes on July 2, could run at Del Mar or ship to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Test Stakes. Jones said 2-year-old maiden winners Expect Valkyr and Debating Society will be nominated to the $125,000 CTBA Stakes for California-bred fillies on July 20.