11/01/2006 12:00AM

Surface and layoff are challenges for Will


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Mike Harrington has trained his stable at Hollywood Park for the last two months, but even he was uncertain how his horses would react to racing on the track's new synthetic surface this week.

Harrington had entrants on Wednesday and Thursday and is expected to be quite active this weekend. Friday, he has six entrants on the eight-race card.

"By Sunday night, I'll either be laughing or crying," he said at his barn Wednesday.

Harrington may have a winner Friday, when he starts Will in a $43,000 allowance race over seven furlongs. Owned by Andrew Molasky, who co-owned the champion sprinter Kona Gold, Will is coming off a win in an optional claimer for statebreds at Del Mar in August.

"He's a true seven-eighths horse," Harrington said. "I've got to [run] or leave him in the barn. I passed races at Santa Anita to wait for this race."

Will has been in the top three in his last eight starts and has won two of his last three races. Harrington said the layoff is not a concern.

"He doesn't like to run too often," he said.

Harrington said he is not sure how his horses will react to the new surface, but he will support the meeting since he is based here year-round and his horses have been training on this surface.

"I haven't seen any changes, plus or minus," Harrington said. "I'm kind of focusing on racing here because this is where they're at. It's less hassle to run here."

Will has six rivals. His biggest threats are Taint That a Cat, who won a maiden race here in July in his last start, and Liver, a maiden winner at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 21.

Much slower year for Greely

Liver is trained by Beau Greely, who a year ago was preparing Borrego for a crack at the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park.

Borrego had won two major races before the Breeders' Cup - the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup - and was a top contender for the Classic, in which he finished 10th.

Borrego was retired to stud in Kentucky earlier this year, and Greely has spent the year regrouping. So far, he has just three winners from 48 horses, but he is certain that his stable is prepared for a strong autumn and winter.

"It's good to get something rolling," he said.

Greely said his stable has suffered this year because of a poor crop of 3-year-olds, none of whom made an impact in important races.

"It was a random year," he said. "Nothing worked out."

Greely said the installation of a synthetic track at Hollywood Park has helped his stable, giving owners from other parts of the country a reason to support California.

"I had owners that weren't going to send horses if we didn't switch surfaces," he said. "I've got people that were considering pulling out, but I've bought yearlings with them this year."

Greely's 21-horse stable is dominated by 16 2-year-olds, some of whom have already started. Friday at Hollywood Park, Greely starts Man to Man, a Manndar colt, who was a game second in a maiden race on Sept. 30.

One of the 2-year-olds could help jump-start the barn and get Greely back into major stakes.

"It's fun to get up again," he said.

The Tin Man considered for Citation

The Tin Man, the winner of the Arlington Million and three other stakes this year, has resumed training after being given a week off and may start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 24.

The Tin Man, 8, was withdrawn from consideration for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs after failing to rebound from a hard-fought win in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Sept. 30.

"I gave him a real easy week and he's back," said trainer Richard Mandella. "I might think of something like the Citation."

Mandella said that The Tin Man would be shipped from Santa Anita to Hollywood Park this week.

The Citation Handicap is run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Court rules in favor of Jamgotchian

A Los Angeles Superior Court has awarded horse owner Jerry Jamgotchian $18,375 from the California Horse Racing Board, ruling that the board did not comply with a request for public records.

Jamgotchian, who is suing the board over the circumstances surrounding the scratch of one of his horses at Del Mar in August 2005, had requested e-mails from CHRB officials as part of the lawsuit. After Jamgotchian did not receive all of the e-mails and filed a lawsuit seeking public records, board officials said that further e-mails existed. In late October, judge David Yaffe ruled that Jamgotchian was entitled to monetary damages related to attorney fees and court costs.

The trial surrounding the scratch is scheduled for January.

Jamgotchian has been a vocal critic of the CHRB in recent years, frequently sending out e-mails blasting the board's policies and criticizing the board at public meetings.