04/21/2005 11:00PM

Singletary to skip Inglewood 'Cap

Singletary, the defending BC Mile winner, takes the Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in his last start April 9.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Singletary, the winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile, will skip the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap next Saturday in favor of the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 30, trainer Don Chatlos said earlier this week.

Chatlos has been adamant about giving Singletary a limited number of starts this year before attempting to defend his title in the BC Mile at Belmont Park in late October.

"I don't want to deviate too much from what we did last year," Chatlos said.

Owned by the Little Red Feather partnership, Singletary, 5, has run twice this year, finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 5 and winning the Arcadia Handicap on April 9.

In 2004, Singletary won 3 of 6 starts and $1,192,910. Singletary was second in the Shoemaker Mile, his fourth start of the year, and did not run again until finishing a close third in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in early October. In his next start, Singletary won the BC Mile at Lone Star Park.

Chatlos is considering the same summertime layoff this year, which would mean skipping the newly created $350,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on turf on Sept. 4. The race was previously run on the main track, and has been switched to turf in an effort to draw a stronger field.

"There's a possibility he could run in that, but he's been so good in his second race off a layoff," Chatlos said.

Chatlos emphasized the limited campaign is not because of any soundness problem.

"He's been good," he said. "The only problem I've ever had was with his feet."

Octogenarian trainer closes barn

Trainer Leonard Dorfman, 82, has dispersed his two-horse stable after the graded stakes winner McCann's Mojave was switched out of his stable earlier this week. Dorfman said on Friday that he may resume training a few horses later this year.

McCann's Mojave was switched to trainer Paddy Gallagher by co-owner Mike Willman. The champion California-bred sprinter of 2004, McCann's Mojave is winless in three races this year.

Dorfman sent another horse to trainer Bob Bean.

"Right now, I have no plans," Dorfman said. "It's been a disappointing winter.

"I'm really planning on taking a couple of months off. I feel pretty good. I have a little back problem and it takes a little bit of life out of you."

A popular figure in Southern California racing, Dorfman has trained such stakes winners as Biggs, Sweetcakesanshakes, and Travel Orb in his career, which began in the 1930's. He has had a very small stable at Santa Anita in recent years.

Willman, well known as a television commentator at Hollywood Park and for his weekend radio show, said the decision to switch McCann's Mojave was difficult.

"When I called him, he thought it was for the best," Willman said of his conversation with Dorfman. "We had a great run. I treasure his friendship."

Willman said Dorfman would continue to advise him and his partner, Nikki Hunt, on their stable of racehorses and broodmares.

McCann's Mojave won the 2004 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita and was second to Speightstown in the 2004 Churchill Downs Handicap. This year, McCann's Mojave has struggled at Santa Anita. In Monday's San Simeon Handicap, McCann's Mojave finished fifth after leading early.

* There is a threat of rain on Sunday. The forecast called for rain late Saturday, which was expected to end by midday on Sunday.