Updated on 09/17/2011 8:41PM

Stakes rivals go separate ways

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The richer purse and the opportunity to surpass $1 million in earnings mean that Yearly Report is most likely going to run in Saturday's Sunshine Millions Distaff.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Different goals will keep the multiple stakes winners Royally Chosen and Yearly Report from facing each other in major stakes this weekend at Santa Anita.

The two females are ideally suited for Saturday's lucrative $500,000 Distaff and Sunday's prestigious $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap, a Grade 1.

As of Wednesday, it appears they are headed in different directions.

Trainer Bob Baffert said that Yearly Report, a five-time stakes winner, will start in the Sunshine Millions Distaff at 1 1/16 miles for California-breds and Florida-breds. With earnings of $835,900 from 6 wins in 9 starts, Yearly Report, 4, would pass $1 million in career earnings with a victory.

"Right now, we're looking at the Sunshine Millions," Baffert said. "We've got to go for the money."

Royally Chosen, 7, was not entered in the Sunshine Millions Distaff and needs a Grade 1 win to enhance her career, according to trainer Bruce Headley. A winner of 6 of 22 starts and $577,138, Royally Chosen has won three California-bred stakes, but never a graded stakes.

"I want to get a Grade 1," Headley said.

Both races will have strong fields.

Aside from Yearly Report, the Sunshine Millions Distaff includes the multiple stakes winners Dream of Summer, Fencelineneighbor, Friel's for Real, House of Fortune, and Redoubled Miss, as well as Alphabet Kisses, the winner of the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 27 in her last start.

Yearly Report has not started since winning the Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star Park on Oct. 29. Earlier that month, Yearly Report finished second by a nose to Dream of Summer in a thrilling California Cup Matron over 1 1/16 miles here.

Royally Chosen's winter campaign has been disrupted by the recent wet weather. Headley, who often plans training schedules for top horses months in advance, said the timing and the seven-furlong distance of the Santa Monica work better for Royally Chosen.

"I had to decide between the two," he said. "I thought the seven-eighths is her best distance. Maybe one more day can help. This is what I've been pointing for."

Island Fashion aims for repeat

The Santa Monica Handicap is led by defending champion Island Fashion, who is attempting to become the first mare to win consecutive runnings since Pine Tree Lane in 1987-88.

Trained by Marcelo Polanco, Island Fashion is making her first start since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28. Her last victory came in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles in October.

Other probable starters in the Santa Monica are Elusive Diva, Resplendency, Tamweel, Salt Champ, and Tizakitty.

Salt Champ will be making her U.S. debut Sunday. She is a candidate for the Santa Monica or the $75,000 Wishing Well Handicap, an undercard race that will be run at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Salt Champ won 4 of 7 starts, including three Group 1 races, in Argentina in 2003 and 2004. Unraced since winning a Group 1 at about a mile on dirt last April, she has impressed Mandella with her recent workouts. He said she is likely to race as a stalker.

"She trains very nice," Mandella said. "I'm anxious to see her run in the afternoon."

Singletary's season starts in Kilroe

There was no Eclipse Award for Singletary earlier this week when the champions of 2004 were announced.

The winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park in October, Singletary finished well behind Kitten's Joy in the balloting.

That did not bother Singletary's owners, the Little Red Feather partnership. They plan to make an assault on the prize this year.

"For us, we knew all along that Kitten's Joy would win it," trainer Don Chatlos said. "He deserved it and had a great year. Right after the Breeders' Cup, I said, 'Singletary is our champion.' For our small stable, we'll make our own trophy."

Singletary's 2005 campaign is scheduled to start March 5 in the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile, the top turf mile of the current Santa Anita meeting. Chatlos had hoped to have a prep race in an overnight stakes in February, but recent wet weather will prevent that.

"I missed almost 10 days because of the rain," Chatlos said. "I missed two works and scrapped the idea" of a prep race.

"He's supposed to breeze on Friday," he said. "I've got plenty of leeway to make the Kilroe."

Chatlos is planning on a campaign that includes the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap here at a mile on turf on April 9, the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in May, and a race at Del Mar.

One possibility at Del Mar is the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, which in past years has been run on dirt. Del Mar officials have submitted a proposal to the Thoroughbred Owners of California to shift the race to turf in an effort to attract a larger field.

Of course, the main goal for Singletary is a defense of his Breeders' Cup Mile title at Belmont Park in the fall.

"This year, we'll be a little more ambitious," Chatlos said. "We'll try to make a run at the Eclipse Award."

Magna 5 begins Saturday

The Magna 5, a weekly $2 bet that requires bettors to correctly select the winners of five races run at tracks owned by Magna Entertainment in the span of about one hour, will begin its second season on Saturday.

In 2004 the bet was offered from late January to mid-April, coinciding with the Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park meetings.

The payoffs ranged from $1,074.20 to $205,703, while the mutuel pools ranged from $457,698 to $621,821. For the second straight year, Magna is guaranteeing a pool of $500,000 weekly.

Saturday, the bet begins with the $75,000 Nellie Morse Stakes (race 10) at Laurel Park at 4:55 p.m. Eastern. The other races are the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream, the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita, the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields, and the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream.