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Updated on 09/17/2011 10:07PM
Singletary fit rather than flabby
ARCADIA, Calif. - When Singletary, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile winner, arrived in the paddock for the Frank Kilroe Mile on March 5, trainer Don Chatlos was stunned by what he saw.
As he looked through the saddling area, Chatlos observed that Singletary, making his first start of the year, looked out of shape compared to several others in the race.
"Sweet Return, Buckland Manor, and Leroidesanimaux were all tucked up and my horse had his belly swinging like he was pregnant," Chatlos said. "I was counting on everyone missing as much training as I had."
The results reflected Chatlos's concern. Singletary finished seventh, five lengths behind the winner, Leroidesanimaux.
Saturday, Singletary returns in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap over a mile on turf at Santa Anita, and Chatlos is convinced the 5-year-old will be ready. Singletary worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 at Hollywood Park last Saturday.
Owned by the Little Red Feather partnership, Singletary will not have many rivals in the Grade 2 Arcadia.
The race drew only nine nominations. As of Sunday, there were only four other probable starters: Buckland Manor, Runaway Dancer, Sweet Return, and Sweet Stepper. Buckland Manor and Sweet Return were second and third behind Leroidesanimaux in the Kilroe.
The Arcadia Handicap field lacks two prominent runners from the Kilroe. Leroidesanimaux is likely to be sent to Kentucky for his next start, according to trainer Bobby Frankel. He was not nominated for the Arcadia. Musical Chimes, the mare who finished fifth, has been retired and sent to Kentucky to be bred.
Runaway Dancer will use Arcadia as a prep
Runaway Dancer will be an outsider in the Arcadia. Trainer Dan Hendricks is focusing on the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 14 for Runaway Dancer, who is best at 1 1/2 miles on turf.
"I have to run just to set him up for the race at Hollywood," Hendricks said. "This is way too short, but the timing is perfect for the Hollywood race."
The Arcadia marks Runaway Dancer's first start since a fourth in the Sunset Handicap last July.
The Arcadia is one of three stakes on the Santa Anita Derby program. The card also includes the $100,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Shining Energy, the winner of the La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course on March 6, will attempt to win her third consecutive start in the Providencia.
There will be a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool on Saturday. During the program, there is a tribute scheduled for retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.
Sadler fined for clenbuterol powder
Trainer John Sadler has been fined $5,000 by Santa Anita stewards for possession of an illegal substance.
Sadler was cited for having the bronchodilator clenbuterol in powder form, which is banned by the Food and Drug Administration, track stewards said. Trainers are only allowed to possess clenbuterol in syrup form.
The penalty, issued last Friday, included a 30-day suspension from Wednesday through May 5. That aspect of the penalty has been stayed provided that Sadler does not have a class 1, 2, or 3 drug violation for the remainder of 2005.
The powder form of clenbuterol was found at Sadler's barn during a California Horse Racing Board investigation at Del Mar last summer.
Sadler said he will not appeal the decision.
Miss Loren retired
Miss Loren, a 12-time stakes winner in Argentina and California, has been retired after showing signs of an undisclosed injury, trainer Richard Mandella said.
Bought privately in February by Ernie Moody, Miss Loren, 7, won 13 of 46 starts and $652,260. The highlight of her career was a win in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita in February, her final start for Llers Corp. and trainer Luis Seglin.
Mandella said "problems were coming up," which prompted Miss Loren's retirement. He was not sure which stallion she would be bred to but said she will leave for Kentucky on April 13.
Miss Loren won 3 of 10 starts in the United States, including a win in the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar last August. She ran 43 consecutive times in stakes in Argentina and California.
O'Neill scans options for stakes trio
Supah Blitz's win in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap on Saturday gave trainer Doug O'Neill his ninth stakes win of the meeting. It was part of a remarkable hour during which O'Neill won three stakes at two tracks.
At Sunland Park in New Mexico, O'Neill won the Sunland Oaks with Cee's Irish and the WinStar Derby with Thor's Echo.
Both are bound for the California Gold Rush program for statebreds at Hollywood Park on April 24 - Cee's Irish for the $200,000 Melair Stakes and Thor's Echo for the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes.
Supah Blitz will be considered for the $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park April 30 or the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood on May 14.
Supah Blitz has won three stakes since he was purchased privately last August, but had lost his last three starts going into the Tokyo City.
"He never lost much flesh," O'Neill said of Supah Blitz's condition. "It was so weird the way he threw in those clunkers."
O'Neill won his 10th stakes of the meeting with Harvard Avenue in Sunday's .
Through Sunday, O'Neill has won 51 races, a record for the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. He has only one entrant on Wednesday's program, Caught Heart, in the second race.
Baffert's fillies take separate paths
Trainer Bob Baffert is splitting up No Bull Baby and Inspiring, who finished first and third in Saturday's Santa Paula Stakes.
No Bull Baby will be pointed for the $100,000 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on May 1.
Inspiring, who was making her first start since August, will be pointed for the $100,000 La Troienne Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 7 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 5.
"Inspiring needed her last race," Baffert said. "You can only do so much in the morning. She doesn't put a lot in her gallops."
* Sunday's pick six returned $251,441.40 to three ticketholders. The winning tickets were purchased at the Del Mar satellite facility, through the Nevada hub, and on Youbet.com, track officials said. The program began with a one-day carryover of $164,202. Bettors added $1,062,824 on Sunday.
* Jockey Joe Steiner underwent precautionary X-rays after being unseated from Summer Soleil in Sunday's first race. He was later released from a local hospital. Summer Soleil suffered a catastrophic injury to his right foreleg and was euthanized.