08/03/2006 11:00PM

Surf Cat, Lucky J. H. out till winter

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Surf Cat winning the Mervyn LeRoy in May, one of his three stakes wins this year. Because of a recurring foot injury, he will not race again until Santa Anita opens this winter.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Surf Cat, the winner of three stakes earlier this year and one of the nation's leading older horses, will not start until the winter meeting at Santa Anita because of a recurring foot injury, trainer Bruce Headley said.

Surf Cat has not started since winning the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap on May 13, his third stakes win of the year. Headley said that Surf Cat emerged from that race with a bruised foot. Surf Cat later resumed training, but was turned out when the injury resurfaced.

Owned by Marsha Naify and Headley's wife, Aase, Surf Cat was not sent to Del Mar this summer, and is based at Headley's home, near Santa Anita.

"I'll leave him there until I feel like he's ready," Headley said.

Surf Cat, 4, has won seven of 11 starts and $562,420. Earlier this year, Surf Cat won the Potrero Grande and San Carlos handicaps for sprinters at Santa Anita. He missed the three-race Strub series at Santa Anita after severely grabbing a quarter last fall.

Lucky J. H. also sidelined

Lucky J. H., another promising older horse, is also out until Santa Anita, according to trainer Carla Gaines.

Lucky J. H. who won the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs on June 10, has been turned out at owner John Harris's farm since mid-July, and will be there for four months, Gaines said. Lucky J. H., 5, did not have any significant injuries, she said.

"There were not clinical signs [of injury], but it took him awhile to warm up," she said.

Gaines said in July that Lucky J. H. was battling a foot problem that kept him out of the San Diego Handicap on July 22. Lucky J. H. has won five of 11 starts and $330,435.

Squallacious yet another awaiting Santa Anita

Squallacious, a winner of two of three starts and one of the most promising 3-year-old fillies in California, will not run at this meeting and is being pointed for the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, trainer Mike Puype said.

Owned by Rick Trontz, Squallacious has not started since finishing second to Hystericalady in the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks on June 11.

Puype said that "he is afraid to push" Squallacious while training at Del Mar. He said his main goal for the filly is the three-race La Canada series for 4-year-old fillies of 2007 at Santa Anita. The series begins in December with the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs and continues in the new year with the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

"She fits that series perfectly," he said. "But if I have a setback, I'll miss 30 to 60 days and I'll miss those races."

Squallacious beat maidens in her debut on April 29 and returned to win an allowance race on May 31. In the Hollywood Oaks, she was beaten 7 1/2 lengths by Hystericalady.

After that race, Puype said he would wait for the Del Mar meeting to give her another start. At the time, he said she might start in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes on Sept. 1.

La Mottie due Wednesday for Del Mark Oaks

La Mottie, second in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot in June, is scheduled to arrive in California on Wednesday for a start in the $400,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 19.

Owned by Lordship Stud and trained by Jeremy Noseda, La Mottie has won two of seven starts. She will start for Noseda in the Grade 1 Oaks, which is run at 1 1/8 miles on turf, and then will be transferred to trainer Ben Cecil.

Cecil won the 2001 Del Mar Oaks with Golden Apples, who was making her first start in the United States just days after arriving.

Expensive filly Jump on In makes debut Sunday

Jump on In, the most expensive filly purchased at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training earlier this year at $410,000, makes her career debut in Sunday's ninth race, a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Trained by John Sadler for CRK Stables, Jump on In drew post 8 in a field of 11, and Sadler expects her to win.

"She can run," Sadler said. "She's not pure speed. I'll be disappointed if I don't win."

Jump on In has worked quickly in recent weeks, including five furlongs in 58.80 seconds here on Tuesday.

Jump on In is from the first crop by Jump Start, who is by A.P. Indy.

Other contenders include the first-time starters Alcippe, Fillie by the Sea, Realandspectacular, and Without Delay, and the second-time starter Masterful Lass, who had a troubled debut here on July 23.

Sadler's stable has lost one 2-year-old filly for the meeting. Coco Belle, who was second in two maiden races, has been sidelined with sore shins and will start at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in the fall.

Rider, trainer, and owner Landers dead at 88

Dale Landers, a horseman who rode the winner of the second race ever run at Santa Anita and later trained several stakes winners, died at a convalescent home in Temple City, Calif. early Thursday, the family announced.

Landers was 88.

Born in Boise, Idaho, in May 1918, Landers was well known as a trainer for decades in Southern California. He was the leading trainer at Del Mar in 1957-58 and trained such stakes winners as War Heim, Shanekite, Such a Rush, Mr. Eiffel, and Rivet.

War Heim won the 1971 Strub Stakes, returning $90, a record win price for the race that still stands.

As a jockey, Landers's career included riding a winner during the track's inaugural season in 1934.

In the 1990's, Landers had only a few horses in training, but one of them won as a longshot at Santa Anita, his son, Dan Landers, recalled on Friday. Dan Landers, an assistant trainer to Ron McAnally, recalled that his father owned, bred, and trained the winner.

"He did it all," Dan Landers said.

Dale Landers is survived by his son, five grandchildren, and his partner, Ann Foley. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Forest Lawn in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday. A private funeral will be held on Thursday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation is made to any horse racing charity of the donor's choice.