12/08/2009 12:00AM

Silver City will stick to sprinting

Email
Jeff Coady/Coady Photography
The 3-year-old Silver City is back in training at Sam Houston.

HOUSTON - Silver City, who this past spring spent time on the road to the Kentucky Derby, arrived at Sam Houston Race Park last Friday to begin preparations for a 4-year-old campaign. He has not raced since finishing fifth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 25.

Silver City emerged from that one-mile race with a suspensory injury, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun. The horse was given some time off, and has just resumed galloping. There is no specific comeback race being targeted for Silver City.

"We're going to point towards a sprint campaign," said Calhoun.

Silver City won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill with a Beyer Figure of 101 last November. He then turned in an equally strong effort in the $50,000 Dixieland at Oaklawn Park in January, winning the 5 1/2-furlong stakes in hand with a Beyer of 99.

From there, Silver City moved to two turns and was second to early Kentucky Derby favorite Old Fashioned in the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn. Silver City went on to run fifth in the Grade 2 Rebel, also at Oaklawn, before the decision was made to turn him back in distance for the Derby Trial.

Doocy recovering from surgery

Jockey Tim Doocy, who was injured in a training accident Monday at Oaklawn, has had successful surgery on an ankle but will have to undergo knee surgery at a date that is yet to be determined, said trainer Steve Hobby, who is a longtime friend of Doocy's.

Doocy, 54, sustained fractures in his ankle, knee, and hand when a horse he was pulling up from a work collided with a pony who had been chasing a loose horse. Hobby, who trained the 2-year-old being worked by Doocy, said both horses died on impact. The accident happened about 8 a.m. Doocy was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, Ark., where he underwent surgery on Monday.

"They put a couple of pins in his ankle and that all went real well," Hobby said. "He's in a lot of pain today.

"The knee had too much swelling. They have to get that down before they can do surgery. As far as I know, they haven't set a time yet."

Hobby said the injuries to Doocy's hand were minor. Doocy, who was sidelined over the summer with a broken arm, returned to race riding in October at Remington Park. A career winner of more than 5,000 races, he is expected to miss the Oaklawn meet that opens Jan. 15.

Chisum Ewing, the outrider chasing the loose horse, escaped serious injury on Monday.

Golden Hare retired

Golden Hare, who in 2007 was the winningest horse in North America, has been retired, said his owner, Maggi Moss. She said he will be a riding horse for a friend. Golden Hare, 10, retires with a record of 29 wins from 68 starts for earnings of $480,366.

"If he was anywhere close to the finish line, he was going to find it before anyone else," Moss said. "He had a will to win."

Golden Hare went 14 for 17 in 2007, building a following as he won starter races at a number of tracks throughout the Southwest and Midwest. During that period, he was owned by Scott Blasi, the longtime assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. Blasi then lost Golden Hare to the claim box in May 2008, when he was taken for $16,000 at Churchill Downs. The horse was claimed again for $10,000 in September 2008, before Moss reached in and took him for $12,500 this past May at Prairie Meadows.

Golden Hare won three times for Moss, including a $15,000 claiming race on Nov. 7. Asmussen had the horse in training for Moss at Remington, where in his final start he was fifth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in a $15,000 claiming sprint Nov. 30.

Golden Hare is a gelded son of Gilded Time.

* The millionaire Jonesboro was scratched from the $125,000 Delta Downs Mile last Friday night because of the wet track conditions, said his trainer, Randy Morse. The horse will now be pointed for a campaign at Oaklawn.

* Remington officials are expecting a full gate for the $200,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds on Sunday, with the race expected to draw stakes winners Man Chester Man and Comedero, as well as invaders from as far away as New Jersey. Entries will be drawn Thursday.

* Zia Park canceled the final two cards of its meet, Monday and Tuesday, because of inclement weather. The lost programs are not expected to be made up, with racing in New Mexico moving to Sunland Park on Friday.