01/13/2005 1:00AM

Sweet Catomine keeps sharp


ARCADIA, Calif. - Sweet Catomine rolled through a three-furlong work Thursday in a maintenance drill for the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on Sunday. Sweet Catomine broke off five lengths behind another horse, went after that workmate while under a hold, and coasted to the end of the work in 35 seconds, third-fastest of the day at the distance.

"Whew!" exclaimed trainer Julio Canani as Sweet Catomine bounced off the track. "Good horses do that."

Sweet Catomine will be a heavy favorite Sunday in the Santa Ysabel, which was rescheduled after the cancellation of last Sunday's races. The one-week delay will allow the Santa Ysabel to pick up another starter. Pussycat Doll scored a three-length maiden win Dec. 31 that earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 76. Trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday he would run her in the Santa Ysabel. Pussycat Doll, owned and bred by Mike Pegram, requires a $2,000 supplement to run.

Southern Image springtime return?

The 2004 Santa Anita horse of the meet keeps getting farther away from the races, but trainer Mike Machowsky still expects a springtime return for Southern Image.

Winner of the Santa Anita Handicap last year, Southern Image was sent early this month to a layup facility in Hemet, Machowsky said, "just to get him away from this rain and let him do something."

The trainer said Southern Image would exercise on a water treadmill and return to Santa Anita around about Feb. 1.

Steiner likely to get Millions mount

Jockey Joe Steiner is batting 1.000 at the meet, and will ride one of the favorites in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks on Jan. 29. Steiner, who returned this meet from a three-month hiatus after being injured in a spill at Fairplex Park, has won with both his mounts this meet, including Vikki's Honor, who won her debut Jan. 1 for trainer Adam Kitchingman with a Beyer of 83.

Kitchingman said the filly would make her next start in the Sunshine Millions if she gets into the race. Since few Florida shippers are expected to travel west to face stakes winners Coastal Strike, Memorette and allowance filly She's a Jewel, Kitchingman and Steiner may get their wish.

"It's not going to be easy money, but they'll have to do some running to catch her," Kitchingman said.

Rock Hard Ten breezes for Strub

Rock Hard Ten worked six furlongs Thursday under Gary Stevens, and was timed in 1:14.20, breezing. Rock Hard Ten worked in company with Rhythm King.

Trainer Richard Mandella considered starting him in the San Fernando on Saturday, but with dry weather expected to allow for an an uninterrupted work pattern, Mandella will train the colt up to the $300,000 Strub on Feb. 5.

Chandtrue in 'glorified gallop'

Chandtrue, the unbeaten winner of the Hollywood Juvenile, is aiming for the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 13 and worked three furlongs in 39.60 seconds for his trainer, Bob Hess.

"It was a little slow, but he went great," Hess said. "This was just a glorified gallop. He's actually quite fit, so we don't need too much."

Trevite on the rise, quickly

Trevite ($3.20) continued his upward pattern Wednesday at Santa Anita, scoring an impressive 3 1/2-length victory in a N1X mile allowance that was run in 1:35.21. He earned a Beyer Figure of 99.

Ron Ellis trains Trevite, a gelded son of Bertrando. Trevite gave jockey David Flores his second victory from 42 mounts. Trevite has won 2 of 4 while improving each start. He was one of four odds-on favorites to win on the eight-race Wednesday card.

The 3-year-old filly Yodeladytoo ($3.20) was less imposing in a California-bred allowance Wednesday that trainer Hector Palma hopes provides a segue to the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks. Yodeladytoo ran 5 1/2 furlongs in a slow 1:04.20, earning a Beyer of 70.

"I think she's a little better than that," Palma said, adding, "I think she wants to run longer and not rush. But now, the Sunshine Millions is good money, so we have to give it a shot." Yodeladytoo has won 2 of 4 starts.

Bailey out for top dollar in Millions

Jerry Bailey will ride favorites at Santa Anita in the two richest races on the Sunshine Millions card: Florida shipper Silver Tree in the $500,000 Turf, and Yearly Report in the $500,000 Distaff. Florida-bred Silver Tree, trained by Bill Mott, is a Grade 2 winner with 6 victories and earnings of $718,720 from 16 starts. Silver Tree finished second by a neck in his last start Dec. 4 in a Grade 3 at Calder.

Yearly Report is trained by Baffert, and will train up to the Distaff. She has won 6 of 9 starts and earned $835,900, but has not raced since Oct. 29. She was scratched from the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 27. As of Thursday, Bailey did not have calls in the $300,000 Sprint or $250,000 Oaks.

* A field of nine 3-year-olds entered the $75,000 Hill Rise Stakes Saturday, race 8 on the nine-race card that includes the Grade 2 San Rafael and Grade 2 San Fernando. Front-runner Littlebitozip, runner-up in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes, and Generous fourth-place finisher Chattahoochee War, are among the principals.