08/10/2010 3:24PM

Summer Movie ready to go in La Jolla

Benoit & Associates
Summer Movie will make his next start in Saturday's Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The reviews are in on Summer Movie. After his drill on the turf last week, trainer Art Sherman gave him two thumbs up, way up, and pronounced him ready to compete Saturday in the Grade 2, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds at Del Mar.

“He sure worked good on the grass the other day,” Sherman said Tuesday morning, referring to a five-furlong drill in 59.60 seconds last Thursday. “I thought it was super.”

Summer Movie has handled firm turf at Santa Anita, where he earned his maiden win last fall, and firm turf at Hollywood Park, where he beat a first-level allowance field in April. He did not handle a wet course in May in the Arlington Classic but rebounded with a fourth-place finish in the Affirmed Handicap and a close third-place finish in the Swaps Stakes, both on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.

“I think he’s just coming into himself,” Sherman said. “He’s a late-developing 3-year-old. If he gets a good trip, he’s not without a chance.”

Summer Movie is owned by George Krikorian, who owns a chain of movie theaters.

The La Jolla has a certain field of six, with a couple more possible. The marquee name in the race is Sidney’s Candy, the Santa Anita Derby winner, who will be trying turf for the first time. He most recently finished second, beaten a head while a half-length in front of Summer Movie, in the Swaps.

Sidney’s Candy worked six furlongs on turf here Sunday morning in 1:11.80, the best time of six at the distance.

Joe Talamo rode Sidney’s Candy in all eight of his previous starts, but he is out with a broken wrist, so Joel Rosario will take over.

Martin Garcia rode Summer Movie in his last two races, but he is sticking with his meal ticket, trainer Bob Baffert, and will ride Macias, the runner-up in the Oceanside Stakes here on opening day. Victor Espinoza will ride Summer Movie for the first time.

Others expected to run in the La Jolla are Alphie’s Bet (Mike Smith the rider), Kid Edward (David Flores), and Golden Itiz, who, as of Tuesday, did not have a rider, according to his trainer, Ron Ellis. Tyler Baze, who rode Golden Itiz to his victory in the Affirmed last time out, is out for the meet with facial fractures.

Sunday’s feature, the Grade 2, $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for female turf horses at 1 1/8 miles, is expected to include Gotta Have Her, It Tiz, Lilly Fa Pootz, Princess Haya, Turning Top, Wasted Tears, and possibly Gozzip Girl or Speak Easy Gal.

Lookin At Lucky, Concord Point return home

Lookin At Lucky, who won the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 1, was due to arrive at Hollywood Park late Tuesday night and then be sent by van to Del Mar on Wednesday, where he will prepare for his next start. Lookin At Lucky remained at Monmouth Park for an extra week following the Haskell after spiking a temperature.

Concord Point, who won the West Virginia Derby on Saturday, came right back to Del Mar the next day. Both colts will not race again this month, according to Baffert, who said the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park and Super Derby at Louisiana Downs are under consideration for both.

Lookin At Lucky’s long-term goal is the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Baffert said the Dirt Mile might be the proper Breeders’ Cup target for Concord Point. Both races are Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.

Baffert also has Misremembered, his Santa Anita Handicap winner, back in training after a spring vacation. Misremembered officially worked three furlongs in 36 seconds on Polytrack on Monday morning, though Baffert said he had Misremembered going a half-mile in 47.80.

“He worked really well yesterday,” Baffert said. “I’m getting him ready for Blame.”

J P’s Gusto headed to Del Mar Futurity

The Grade 1, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day Sept. 8 is the next stop for J P’s Gusto, who captured the Best Pal Stakes on Sunday.

“He looks good,” trainer David Hofmans said. “He was a little tired right after the race. He’s a tough horse. He’s getting bigger and stronger all the time. He’ll appreciate seven furlongs.”

Hofmans said his major concern Sunday was the rail, but J P’s Gusto had the speed to avoid getting trapped.

“All he does is try. He reminds me of Awesome Again,” said Hofmans, who trained Awesome Again for part of his career. “They know they’re the man. They just tolerate us.”

Brother Derek half-sister debuts

Serene Sophia, a half-sister to Brother Derek, the 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner, makes her long-delayed debut in Thursday’s third race, going six furlongs for California-bred fillies.

Serene Sophia, 3, was purchased in March 2009 at the Barrett’s 2-year-old in training sale for $325,000.

“She had a lot of little issues,” said Baffert, her trainer. “She had shins at the sale, then she got a tibia. A lot of little issues kept postponing her. She might be short. She’s only had about 95 works.”

Crowded House, Isle of Giant’s work

Crowded House and Isle of Giant’s, both of whom could wind up in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 28, worked Tuesday morning for trainer Ben Cecil.

Crowded House, a European import who was fourth on turf in the Eddie Read Handicap in his U.S. debut last month, was given an official time of 1:14.20 for six furlongs while easily outworking barnmate Andina. Crowded House, with exercise rider Max Corrales aboard, failed to change leads down the stretch. Both Cecil and Jamie McCalmont, the racing manager for owner Paul Reddam, said that would be a focal point of their training with Crowded House over the next three weeks.

“They don’t teach them that in Europe, because a lot of the races are on straightaways,” McCalmont said.

Isle of Giant’s, fourth in the San Diego on July 31, had his first work since that race and went a half-mile in 49.40.