09/28/2008 11:00PM

Stardom Bound to be sold after Breeders' Cup

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Stardom Bound, the leading 2-year-old filly in the West, is scheduled to be sold at the Fasig-Tipton November select breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 2.

Before then, Stardom Bound could run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Oct. 24. She is likely to be the favorite in that race on the strength of her wins in the Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs on Sept. 1 and the Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Trainer Christopher Paasch said over the weekend that owner Charles Cono plans to disperse his holdings in coming months. Stardom Bound will sell with a reserve.

"I would say they're going to have to pay for her because we would be foolish to give her away," Paasch said.

Stardom Bound won the Oak Leaf Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths, rallying from 11th in a field of 12. The victory came a little more than a day after an injury scare when Stardom Bound was kicked by a pony during training hours on Friday. Stardom Bound suffered a bruise to the inside of her right rear leg. Paasch said he was not certain that Stardom Bound would start until he galloped her on Saturday morning. By Sunday, there were no lasting problems with the leg.

"There's no filling in it at all," Paasch said. "What a 36 hours."

Paasch jokingly said on Sunday morning after a celebratory Saturday evening that "the filly is in better shape than I am."

Paasch said that if Stardom Bound does not sell he will continue to train her in the fall and winter. He said recently he plans to dissolve his racing stable in the next six months. In the future, he wants to focus on scouting 2-year-olds in training sales on behalf of clients.

"To be honest, it will take more than a few months to unwind," he said. "I'm looking to be completely out by March."

The Paasch-trained Cosmic Queen, the third-place finisher in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park in June, recently underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from a knee. She is expected to return to racing in early 2009, he said.

Midnight Lute sizzles in work

Midnight Lute, the champion sprinter of 2007, worked a half-mile in a blistering 45.40 seconds on Saturday, and remains on course for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Midnight Lute has made one start this year, finishing 10th in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 24. Midnight Lute severely grabbed a quarter in that race and has trained with a protective plate on the injured foot.

Baffert said that Midnight Lute will continue to train with the plate, but will not wear it in the BC Sprint.

The first three finishers from Saturday's Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes - Cost of Freedom, Street Boss, and In Summation - are expected to start in the BC Sprint. The Ancient Title was Cost of Freedom's first stakes win. He was claimed for $50,000 at Del Mar in July by Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler.

Street Boss had a five-race winning streak end in the Ancient Title. He finished a half-length behind Cost of Freedom.

"He went a little wide," trainer Bruce Headley said, adding that jockey David Flores "didn't beat him up."

Johnny Eves to Cal Cup Sprint

Johnny Eves, the winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes last December, will make his next start in the $150,000 California Cup Sprint on Sunday, trainer Jay Robbins said.

Robbins had considered the $250,000 California Cup Classic over 1 1/8 miles and the $175,000 Mile on turf on the same day for Johnny Eves.

"It looks like the Sprint is coming up easier and the Classic may be asking too much of him," Robbins said. "The Mile is coming up tougher. This is the conservative approach."

Johnny Eves is winless in six starts since the Malibu, a span that includes a nose loss in the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes last January. He was ninth of 10 in the Windy Sands Handicap over a mile at Del Mar on Sept. 1, a loss that left Robbins puzzled. "I don't know what to think anymore," he said.

The 4-year-old filly Romance Is Diane may start in the Classic instead of the $150,000 Matron, which she won last year. Other probable starters in the Classic include Add Heat, Any Wager, Cheroot, Mr. Chairman, and Top This and That.

The Cal Cup program offers 10 stakes for statebreds, with purses ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.

Maiden winner to Breeders' Cup?

Orthodox, who won a maiden race over a mile on turf on Saturday, is a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Oct. 25, according to owner-trainer John Glenney.

Orthodox, who is co-owned by Glenney's wife, Kim, was making his fourth start, and he led throughout to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

* Santa Anita stewards fined Del Mar management $500 because a racing official at that meeting failed to note that a horse was making its first start as a gelding, according to steward Scott Chaney. It happened in the eighth race on Aug. 9. The horse in question was listed as a gelding in the track program, but it was not noted that the horse had been gelded since its previous start, Chaney said. Similar penalties have been given to trainers in recent months in an effort to help inform the public when horses have been gelded.