12/14/2007 12:00AM

Song of Navarone healthy again

EmailSong of Navarone, who has not raced since winning the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in March, is scheduled to ship to New Mexico on Monday, said his trainer, Henry Dominguez. The horse has been in Kentucky recovering from a stomach virus that interrupted his 3-year-old season. Song of Navarone became sick in August, and was forced to scratch from the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby on Aug. 5.

"He had an intestinal disorder, and he's over it now," said Dominguez. "He'll be back in training after the first of the year. He might see action at the very end of Sunland."

Song of Navarone won the WinStar in just his fifth career start, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 102. Earlier in his career he won an allowance at Sunland and also finished second by a neck in the track's Riley Allison Futurity.

Dominguez hopes to be active in the Dec. 30 Riley Allison again this year with Rapper S S. The horse will run in a first-level allowance Sunday at Sunland.

Remington handle down

Remington Park handled an average of $659,021 a day on its races during its 69-date meet that closed Dec. 1, a 24 percent decline from the corresponding meet in 2006.

Last year, the track's handle jumped 58 percent from the 2005 average daily handle of $549,701.

The decline this year stemmed primarily from a drop in handle on Remington's races offtrack, which averaged $580,650 a card, down 27 percent from 2006.

Ontrack, handle on Remington's races remained even with last year, averaging $78,371 a card. Betting on imported simulcasts was up 16 percent, to an average $92,138 a day. Purses during the meet averaged $185,499, up 4 percent from 2006.

"By changing our race days to Thursday through Sunday, we knew we'd gain in ontrack handle and lose some simulcast export handle," said Scott Wells, general manager of Remington.

Remington had raced Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday in 2006, but changed its schedule in a move that officials said proved profitable ontrack, in such areas as group sales and concessions. Remington has operated a casino since November 2005.

Cliff Berry won his 12th riding title with 87 wins. Steve Asmussen was the leading trainer with 48 wins. Gary Owens and Heflin Driver Racing shared the owner title with 12 wins each. It was the fifth straight title for Owens. The horse of the meet was the Oklahoma Derby winner, Going Ballistic.

Finishing up strong

Over the span of a week, 3-year-olds Beta Capo and Reporting for Duty closed out separate meets in the region with stakes wins for their owners, Bob and Cathy Zollars, and trainer, Asmussen.

Reporting for Duty was much the best in the $100,000 Zia Park Derby on Dec. 8, while Beta Capo won the $75,000 Governor's Cup on Remington's closing card Dec. 1. It was the third career stakes win for the versatile Beta Capo, who could see stakes action next at either Delta Downs, Sam Houston, or Sunland, said Asmussen.

"He's put together a good year," he said. "Dirt or turf, to about a mile and a sixteenth, he's a pretty solid horse."

Beta Capo earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 97 in the Governor's Cup.

Dreamsandvisions may try Maxxam

Dreamsandvisions, who was scratched from the $100,000 Star of Texas on Dec. 1, might return to action in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston on Jan. 26, according to his trainer, Steve Duke. The horse was scratched with a minor physical setback in his right hind leg.

"He just had a little minor stifle problem," Duke said. "He'll be back in a few weeks."

Dreamsandvisions is a multiple stakes winner of $418,561.

Tejera due back soon

Eguard Tejera, the leading rider at Retama Park who broke his collarbone in a one-horse spill at Sam Houston on Dec. 1, should return to action soon.

Tejera's agent, Toby Cathey, said Tejera will be X-rayed on Monday, with the best-case scenario putting him back in the saddle right after Christmas. The worst-case scenario is that he would return about 10 days into January.

"He looks good," said Cathey. "He's ready, mentally."

Tejera was injured when his mount, Party of One, appeared to clip heels and then fell in the $75,000 Martanza.