Updated on 09/15/2011 1:49PM

Skimming aims to be a two-timer

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Out of Mind will not run in this Sunday's Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - In the 10 runnings of the $1 million Pacific Classic, trainer Bobby Frankel has won the race five times, and he's the only one who has sent out a two-time winner of the race, Tinners Way in 1994 and 1995. Frankel will try to increase all those numbers on Sunday, when he sends out Skimming, the race's defending champion, who worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 on Monday morning at Del Mar.

Skimming worked at 9:15, just after the morning's second renovation break, and went evenly and effortlessly under exercise rider Marco Ramirez.

"He worked good. Bobby should be happy," said Humberto Ascanio, Frankel's top assistant, who is supervising Skimming's preparations this week while Frankel oversees his Saratoga contingent. "He's bounced back good from his last race."

Skimming is trying to emulate his summer of 2000, when he won both the San Diego Handicap and Grade 1 Pacific Classic in front-running fashion. He won this year's San Diego by one length on July 29. Garrett Gomez has the mount. Skimming, like Tinners Way, is owned by the Juddmonte Farms of Prince Khalid Abdullah.

Both Futural, to be ridden by Chris McCarron, and Captain Steve (Victor Espinoza), who were second and third, respectively, in the San Diego, are among those expected to challenge Skimming in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic. Other definites are Dixie Dot Com (David Flores) and the 3-year-old Until Sundown (Gary Stevens). Possible are A Fleets Dancer, Dig For It, and Sultry Substitute.

Entries for Sunday's card will be taken Thursday, 24 hours earlier than usual.

Out of Mind won't run

Out of Mind will pass the Pacific Classic after trainer Richard Mandella was unhappy with the way he worked. Fourth in the Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 7, his only start this year, Out of Mind worked a mile in 1:39 on Saturday.

The decision leaves Mandella without a runner in a race he has won twice - with Dare and Go (1996) and Gentlemen (1997). Mandella said the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on Sept. 2 is unlikely since Out of Mind is not Breeders' Cup eligible and would be running for a purse of $150,000.

Futurity next for Historic Speech

Historic Speech is likely to be pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5 after a two-length win in a maiden race on Saturday.

Historic Speech was the first winner of the meeting for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has 17 horses based at Santa Anita this summer. Lukas has spent most of his time at Saratoga, where he is among the leading trainers.

A $700,000 yearling purchase, Historic Speech is owned by Fog City Stable, which has 2-year-olds with Lukas for the first time this year. Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Historic Speech finished seven furlongs in 1:22.77. The Grade 2 Futurity is also run over seven furlongs.

"He came back in good shape," said Greg Falk, Lukas's assistant trainer in Southern California. "I was very impressed with the way he ran."

Plans for Tranquility Lake

Tranquility Lake, who won her first major stakes on dirt in the Clement Hirsch Handicap on Aug. 5, is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 but could make her next start on dirt or turf, owner Marty Wygod said.

The possible preps include a defense of her title in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on turf at Santa Anita on Sept. 29 or the $750,000 Beldame Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.

Trained by Julio Canani, Tranquility Lake was eighth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last November at Churchill Downs. Wygod would like to run her on the dirt unless the turf course at Belmont Park is very firm, he said.

"Right now, I'd lean toward running in the Distaff," Wygod said.

Jamaican Rum faces long rehab

Jamaican Rum, who was fifth in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5, faces at least a year on the sidelines after injuring a tendon in the race, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Cassidy said that Jamaican Rum returned to California last Tuesday and has been limited to walking for 15 minutes twice a day.

"He won't run for at least a year," Cassidy said. "I won't run him for a cheap price."

Jamaican Rum won the Hill Rise Handicap at Santa Anita in January, and was second in the Arkansas Derby. In the Kentucky Derby, he finished sixth.

Go Go may face only three

Go Go, who has won seven of her last eight starts to assume leadership of the West's female sprint division, is expected to head a small field of perhaps four in Sunday's Grade 3 $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs. The Rancho Bernardo is part of the Pacific Classic undercard.

Go Go, trained by Warren Stute and ridden regularly by Eddie Delahoussaye, won the Desert Stormer and A Gleam handicaps at Hollywood Park in her last two starts. The second-place finishers in those races, Kalookan Queen and Kitty on the Track, respectively, are expected for the Rancho Bernardo, along with the 3-year-old Warren's Whistle, trained by Stute's younger brother Mel.

Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks will feature East Coast invader Voodoo Dancer, a winner of a division of Saratoga's Lake George Handicap in her last start for trainer Christophe Clement. Brice Blanc will pick up the mount. Others expected for the Oaks are Affluent, Golden Apples, Innit, Live Your Dreams, and Reine de Romance.

Both Innit and Reine de Romance worked on the Del Mar turf Monday morning, traveling around orange cones, known as dogs. Innit covered six furlongs in 1:16.20, and Reine de Romance was timed in 1:03.60 for five furlongs.

* Budroyale worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 Monday morning with jockey Isaias Enriquez. Budroyale's trainer, Ted H. West, said the popular gelding is being pointed for the Grade 2 Del Mar Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap at one mile on Sept. 2.

* Lexicon, scratched from Sunday's Pat O'Brien Handicap, worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds, and Lazy Slusan, who was third in the Delaware Handicap in her last start, worked a half-mile in 47.60.

* Starrer, who unseated jockey Chris McCarron at the start of the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park on July 21, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Sunday, and is being pointed for the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. Hofmans had considered Starrer a candidate for Saturday's Del Mar Oaks, but she did not train well in the weeks following the debacle in the CCA Oaks.

* Sleeping Weapon, an impressive maiden winner for Godolphin Racing at Hollywood Park on June 16, is out of training with a suspensory injury, trainer Eoin Harty said. A Gulch colt, Sleeping Weapon was being considered for Wednesday's Saratoga Special in New York.

* Stormy Jack, who scratched from the O'Brien, is entered back Wednesday in a one-mile classified allowance race, the third on the card. Stormy Jack is 5 for 5 at this track, with four victories on the main track, and one on turf.

* Jockey David Flores was expected to be back for Wednesday's races after spending last week in Europe.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen

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