08/26/2004 11:00PM

Stute fine after minor stroke

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Supah Blitz, a $638,610 earner, has been sold. He will race for his new owners out of the barn of Doug O'Neill.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer Warren Stute suffered an apparent minor stroke on Friday morning, but was treated and released at a local hospital and was eating breakfast at a local restaurant by 10 a.m.

"He's sitting next to me here at Bully's having breakfast," said Stute's son, Glen, who serves as his father's assistant trainer. "They ran some tests. It was probably what they call a mini-stroke."

Stute, who will be 83 next month, is thought to have had other mini-strokes in recent months. He came to the track Friday morning, but was taken to Scripps Encinitas hospital when he was in apparent distress in the track kitchen with his son and his younger brother, Mel, another trainer.

"Glen came by the barn and said his daddy was getting a little sick," said Jose Garcia, Stute's foreman. "I think he'll be all right. He's strong. He's a fighter. He was just riding the pony yesterday. He's like a second daddy to me. I left my home at 17, and I've worked for him for 31 years."

Stute has trained for more than 60 years. His best runners have included Figonero, June Darling, Magical Maiden, Miss Houdini, and Snow Sporting. In 2002, Stute won the Godolphin Mile with Grey Memo.

Supah Blitz gets new home

Supah Blitz, a minor stakes winner who ran 13th in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, was acquired privately last week by a partnership that includes Mark Leib and Tom and Jerry Kagele.

Now trained by Doug O'Neill, Supah Blitz is being pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 4. The price of the transaction was not disclosed, according to Tom Kagele.

Supah Blitz, 4, won 4 of 29 starts and $638,610 for previous owners Jackie Tortora and Bee Bee Stables and trainer Emanuel Tortora.

O'Neill said the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic for California-breds and Florida-breds in January is a long-term goal for Supah Blitz, a Florida-bred. This fall, Supah Blitz could start in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, if he runs well in the one-mile Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, Tom Kagele said.

Despite going winless in his last 13 starts, Supah Blitz adds depth to a shallow division of older horses in California.

"The older horse division is kind of weak," O'Neill said.

In his most recent start, Supah Blitz finished second in an allowance race over 1 1/8 miles at Delaware Park on Aug. 9. The private purchase was finalized last week, Kagele said.

"We were looking for a horse that could go long," Kagele said. "He has 12 seconds and ran second last time. I'm hoping with a change of scenery Doug can get him moved up. I know he's capable. He's only 4 and still a colt.

"If he wants to stay a colt, he'll start winning."

Kagele said a 20 percent interest in Supah Blitz will be held by the Black Saddle Racing Stable, a 30-person syndicate that he manages.

Supah Blitz rose to prominence on the Triple Crown trail in 2003. He finished second in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth and the Aventura Stakes and was fourth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, all at Gulfstream Park. Sent off at 43-1 in the Kentucky Derby, Supah Blitz was never a factor and finished 17 lengths behind the winner, Funny Cide.

Last summer, Supah Blitz won the Roman Brother Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Calder, his most recent victory.

Kagele said he and his partners may seek additional private purchases in coming months.

"I look for divisions that we can bring something in," he said. "The claiming game has gotten kind of slim. We decided to start buying some horses privately."

Total Impact might head east

Total Impact, who finished third in last week's Pacific Classic, may make his next start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 2 at Belmont Park, his trainer, Laura de Seroux, said Friday morning.

Total Impact, who is from South America, was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup, nor was his sire. Because of that, he is not eligible for the full prize money offered Oct. 2 in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. The Goodwood is worth $400,000, plus $100,000 in Breeders' Cup funds. The Jockey Club Gold Cup is worth $1 million.

"It's a straight million," de Seroux said. "I doubt we're going to the Breeders' Cup Classic. He'd have to be supplemented for 20 percent, which is $800,000. And it's not like he'd be the favorite."

Loving Cup, 4, to make debut

A promise made a number of years ago resulted in Neil Drysdale training a Japanese-bred son of Brian's Time, Loving Cup, who makes his debut in Sunday's ninth race. The colt was bred and is owned by Koji Maeda, who lives in Osaka, Japan.

"[Loving Cup's] mother, Shake Hand, was purchased for Mr. Maeda by John Ferguson as a yearling, and then we broke her at San Luis Rey Downs," Drysdale said. "Mr. Maeda took her to Japan, where she was the champion 2-year-old. I always teased him that he owed me one, so he sent this one over."

Drysdale has trained Loving Cup since the colt was 2. He is finally making his debut at 4. He worked five furlongs in 57.80 seconds on Aug. 11 with Kent Desormeaux, who is aboard for Sunday's race.

"He's had lots of minor setbacks," Drysdale said. "He might need a race."

Harty finally gets his prized filly

At the Barretts 2-year-old sale earlier this year, Eoin Harty and Ferguson liked the looks of a Belong to Me filly who eventually went for $350,000. Ferguson, working for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud, was the underbidder. The filly went to owner Stan Fulton.

Now named It'z All Mine, the filly had been training with Rafael Becerra before Fulton moved her one month ago to Harty, for whom she makes her debut in Sunday's sixth race.

"Mr. Fulton had bigger pockets than we did at Barretts. We were the underbidder," Harty said. "I was hoping to train her and then, Allah be praised, he turned her over to me. She's a nice filly."

Expensive Diamond Fury regroups

Diamond Fury, who topped the 2003 Barretts 2-year-olds in training sale at $2.7 million, will attempt to revive his career when he makes his fifth start in a $49,000 maiden race on Sunday.

So far, owner Charles Fipke has recovered $10,560 of his purchase price on Diamond Fury. The 3-year-old ridgling started twice last year, finishing third in sprints here and at Hollywood Park. Earlier this year at Santa Anita, Diamond Fury finished seventh and 10th in maiden races.

Sunday's start marks his first outing since Feb. 14. Diamond Fury breaks from post 9 in a field of 10 in the ninth race.

"He's training well," Baffert said.

The field includes the first-time starter Moment to Enjoy. Owned by Farfellow Farm and trained by Bill Spawr, Moment to Enjoy is by Coronado's Quest out of Enjoy the Moment, who won the 1999 Rancho Bernardo Handicap.

* The tenth annual All Star Jockey Team Penning Competition, a fund-raiser that benefits the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, will be held at Del Mar on Tuesday night. General admission is $5. Box seats, which include a buffet dinner, are available for $50, or a box of eight for $350. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the competition begins at 7. Tickets: (310) 550-4542.