04/27/2003 11:00PM

Smith floored literally, figuratively


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The rider never saw it coming, nor did anyone else. Prized Friend was on his way to an apparent victory in the $150,000 Khaled Stakes on Saturday, when jockey Mike Smith said, "he just saw something and made a left. He felt to me like he was going to go on and win. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground."

Prized Friend jumped the inner rail at the top of the stretch, throwing Smith, and then came to a stop in the infield. Smith was taken by ambulance to Centinela Medical Center where X-rays revealed no broken bones and four hours later he was taken home.

Smith took off the remainder of his mounts Saturday and Sunday but plans to resume riding this week. "I'm just a little bumped and bruised," he said.

Smith was examined Sunday morning by his doctor and was found to have a sore groin and toe, and a scraped shin. The spill on Prized Friend was the second spill for Smith on Saturday. In the Snow Chief Stakes, his mount Bold N Broke hit the side of the starting gate while breaking slowly, then broke two legs and went down nearing the three-eighths pole. Bold N Broke was euthanized.

Continental Red to go in Jim Murray

Trainer Ian Jory ran out of time to prepare Continental Red for the Khaled Stakes and scratched the morning line 3-1 second choice on Saturday morning. "We missed a work, then it rained for three days," Jory said. "I thought we could get away with it, but not giving everyone weight."

Under the allowance conditions of the Khaled, Continental Red would have conceded six pounds to all but Native Desert while racing for he first time in more than two months. Instead, Jory worked Continental Red a mile on turf Sunday in 1:40.80. Jory said the 7-year-old Continental Red will return May 10 in the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap.

"He's doing great, he was just a work short [for Saturday]," Jory said. In the Jim Murray, Continental Red likely will meet The Tin Man, Ballingarry, Storming Home, and others. Ballingarry worked five furlongs on turf Sunday in 1:00. Storming Home worked seven furlongs in 1:29.60.

Starrer, Azeri plans unveiled

Starrer was not trying to break any records Sunday, but the 5-year-old mare looked strong working six furlongs. Winner of consecutive Grade 1 races in the winter meet at Santa Anita, Starrer is headed for a May 24 showdown with Azeri in the Grade 1 Milady Handicap. Starrer's six-furlong work in 1:13.60 was the second-fastest of the morning.

Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri worked a half-mile Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs. Trainer Laura de Seroux contemplated running Azeri in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap this week after Azeri's comeback win in the Apple Blossom, but said: "There is no point traveling to Kentucky and subjecting her to all that Derby-week craziness . . . the best thing for her is just to travel up the road to Hollywood Park."

Sarafan giving weight in Inglewood

Sarafan will concede at least five pounds to every rival on Saturday when he starts as the 122-pound highweight in the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Sarafan,a 6-year-old gelding trained by Neil Drysdale, will be racing for the first time since his fourth-place finish on Dec. 15 in Hong Kong. Sarafan worked seven furlongs on turf Sunday in 1:28.40.

Corey Nakatani has been Sarafan's regular rider, including wins in the Grade 1 Eddie Read and Grade 2 Explosive Bid last year, but Sarafan will be ridden by Victor Espinoza on Saturday. Nakatani will ride 117-pound second-highweight Blue Steller. Others expected to start in the Inglewood are Gondolieri, Freefourinternet, Kela, and Cagney.

The entry of Buffythecenterfold and Dash for Money will be favored Sunday in the Grade 3 Railbird, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. Other possible runners include Honest Answer, Himalayan, Lucky Sabre, and Point Clear.

* Jockey Felipe Martinez received a five-day suspension for interference in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap on Friday. Martinez's mount Se Me Acabo drifted over and sawed off 1-2 favorite Alexine, who was trying to rally along the rail. Se Me Acabo was disqualified from third, and placed last. The suspension runs from Wednesday through Sunday.

* Dirty Diana, the 2-year-old filly who romped by seven lengths in her April 24 debut for owner-breeder-trainer Roger Stein, has been sold. Stein said Sunday that Dirty Diana, a Flying Continental filly, was purchased for $190,000 and sent to trainer Bob Baffert.