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Stardom Bound sent to Ky. for sale
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Stardom Bound, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Oct. 24 and the clear leader of the nation's 2-year-old filly division, was sent to Kentucky Wednesday with the intention of being sold at Sunday's November selected mixed sale at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, trainer Christopher Paasch said.
Paasch and owner Charles Cono met Tuesday to discuss whether to offer Stardom Bound in the sale or retain the filly for the 2009 season.
"She's on an airplane," Paasch said Wednesday morning. "We're sending her back, and if she brings the number [we want], we'll sell. If she doesn't, we'll bring her home. We expect her to bring a good number.
"She'll never be worth more than she is now. She has her whole future ahead of her. I feel lucky to have been part of it."
Paasch and Cono are slowly selling their Thoroughbred holdings. Paasch said recently that he plans to disperse his stable by early 2009. On Wednesday, he had 17 horses in his stable at Hollywood Park.
Stardom Bound won her third consecutive Grade 1 race in the Juvenile Fillies. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita. By Tapit, Stardom Bound has won 3 of 5 starts and $1,420,600.
O'Brien fined for failing to report use of Lasix
Top European trainer Aidan O'Brien was fined $2,500 by Santa Anita stewards after he failed to declare that four of his runners on Saturday's Breeders' Cup program would be treated with Lasix, according to a ruling issued by Santa Anita stewards.
The O'Brien-trained Westphalia, who started in the Juvenile Turf; Soldier of Fortune and Red Rock Canyon in the Turf; and Duke of Marmalade in the Classic were entered without the designation of being treated with Lasix. They all raced with Lasix.
According to steward Albert Christiansen, O'Brien contacted Santa Anita stewards over the weekend and was made aware of the infraction.
Santa Anita stewards also fined jockey Frankie Dettori $500 for failing to ride in Saturday's Damascus Stakes. Dettori won Saturday's ninth race, the Breeders' Cup Classic with Raven's Pass, and took off his mount in the Damascus Stakes, the 10th race, without sufficient notice, the stewards said.
Azul Leon points to Hollywood Prevue
Azul Leon, a two-time stakes winner earlier this year who finished ninth in the BC Juvenile at Santa Anita last Saturday, is likely to start in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23, trainer Doug O'Neill said.
Azul Leon won the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar last summer. In the Best Pal, Azul Leon finished second by a nose but was promoted to first when Kelly Leak was disqualified for causing interference. Azul Leon later finished sixth in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes for owner Joseph LaCombe.
The O'Neill-trained Square Eddie, second in the BC Juvenile, will be pointed for a 2009 campaign, O'Neill said.
O'Neill missed the Breeders' Cup last Saturday after being diagnosed with a case of the chicken pox. He said he hopes to return to the stable this weekend.
"I felt so bad [Saturday], I didn't think about it," he said of not being at the races. "It couldn't have had worse timing."
Scan of Cost of Freedom shows no injuries
Cost of Freedom, scratched from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint after failing a pre-race veterinary exam, underwent a nuclear scan test earlier this week that revealed no injuries, trainer John Sadler said.
"We didn't see anything horribly wrong with him," he said. "The nuclear scan was negative."
Sadler said Cost of Freedom will be pointed to the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22.
Earlier this year, Sadler won training titles at the Hollywood Park spring-summer, Del Mar, and Oak Tree at Santa Anita meetings. He downplayed his chances of winning the training title at the Hollywood Park fall meeting, saying he does not expect to have an active stable.
"We're shifting the deck," he said. "Some will be retired and bred and we're getting ready for 2009."
Sadler said that Dearest Trickski, the multiple stakes winner who finished 11th in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Oct. 24, is scheduled to be sold at a sale in Kentucky next week; and that Tutta Bella, winner of the Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park last April, will be retired and bred.
Prominent stakes winners Black Mamba and Whatsthescript are not likely to race until 2009. Whatsthescript finished third in the BC Mile last Saturday. Sadler said that plans have not been finalized for Get Funky, who finished ninth in the BC Turf Sprint. He could start again this year.
Dream of Kaylee waiting for Santa Anita
Dream of Kaylee, who scored an impressive win in a maiden race at Santa Anita Sunday, is unlikely to start during the current Hollywood Park meeting.
Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Dream of Kaylee will be pointed for the start of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, which begins Dec. 26. Dream of Kaylee ran six furlongs in 1:08.85, winning by three lengths under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Hess thinks the colt may be a sprinter and is focusing on races such as the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs in early February.
"He's a good horse," Hess said. "When he got to Del Mar, he was supposed to run, but his feet went bad.
"I won't be in a hurry. I'd like to win the San Vicente, but I don't want to get too cocky. I think he'll be a brilliant seven-eighths horse."
Sharp Cat Stakes draws short field
Saturday's $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies has drawn only five runners, including the entry of Ten Churros and Toro Bonito. Both fillies are trained by Bob Baffert and will be strongly favored. Ten Churros was second in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.
The Sharp Cat, run over 1 1/16 miles, will be run as the third race on a 10-race program. It is the richest race of the first week of the Hollywood Park fall meeting.