06/16/2009 11:00PM

Tests find Indian Blessing healthy

Barbara D. Livingston
Indian Blessing ran fourth in Sunday's Desert Stormer, the first time in her 14 races she was not first or second.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Indian Blessing, the champion female sprinter of 2008, was given a clean bill of health after undergoing a battery of tests earlier this week, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday.

The tests were prompted by her fourth-place finish in the minor Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park this past Sunday, the first time that Indian Blessing had finished worse than second in her 14-race career.

Even though the tests revealed no injuries or illnesses, Baffert said that Indian Blessing will continue to be monitored closely.

"I ran some tests on her to make sure there was nothing wrong with her," he said. "The tests are negative. I'm just trying to figure out why she ran so poorly. I thought she'd put some effort into it.

"I hope it was a Del Mar/Midnight Lute kind of run," Baffert said.

Last summer, the Baffert-trained Midnight Lute finished 10th in the Pat O'Brien Handicap in his 2008 debut. He rebounded to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita two months later.

Sent off at 1-2 in the Desert Stormer, Indian Blessing was as close as second in early stretch, but faded to finish 5 1/2 lengths behind Coco Belle.

Indian Blessing could be sent to a local farm next week for a two-week break, depending on her condition in coming days.

"I want to give her a week and make sure nothing shows up," Baffert said. "Sometimes four or five days after a race, something might show up. I want to keep a close eye on her."

Owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, Indian Blessing has won $2,841,520.

Last weekend, Baffert said that Indian Blessing would race in New York later this year, with the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga in August as a late-summer goal.

Charlie's Moment sold to Godolphin

Charlie's Moment, the winner of the Grade 3 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes last month, has been sold to the Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing, former trainer Walther Solis said Wednesday.

The deal was finalized last week, Solis said. Charlie's Moment was being trained for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday when the partnership that owns the 3-year-old gelding was approached, Solis said.

The purchase price was not disclosed. "They contacted me after the [Laz Barrera]," Solis said. "They liked the horse because he ran on all the synthetic tracks. I can't say how much they paid, but we couldn't say no."

A winner of 4 of 12 starts and $231,760, Charlie's Moment won his first graded stakes in the Barrera, which was run at seven furlongs. The Barrera was his ninth consecutive stakes appearance.

By Indian Charlie, Charlie's Moment has won three stakes: the Gateway to Glory Stakes on a conventional dirt surface at Fairplex Park last September, and the King Glorious Stakes on a Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields in February. Charlie's Moment has also raced on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface and Del Mar's Polytrack surface.

Cape Truth trying another stakes

Saturday's Affirmed Handicap, a prep for the $300,000 Swaps Stakes on July 18, will be the third stakes appearance for Cape Truth, a Cape Town colt trained by Doug O'Neill.

The first two did not go well. After winning a maiden race in February, Cape Truth finished a dull sixth in the Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita in March, his turf debut. Cape Truth rebounded to win an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on April 26, but was a well-beaten fifth after a wide trip in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby in Texas on May 9, his first start on a conventional dirt surface.

For the Affirmed, which is run at 1 1/16 miles, Cape Truth will be making his stakes debut on a synthetic track, surfaces over which he is unbeaten.

"We'll try not to go so wide," O'Neill said.

Owned by Joseph Lacombe, Cape Truth is part of a field of six in the Affirmed.

"It's a pretty evenly matched group with Kelly Leak out of there," O'Neill said. Kelly Leak, the winner of the Sunland Park Derby in March, was taken out of consideration earlier this week after a poor blood test.

Baffert is skipping the race with Mythical Power, who won the Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park Second in the Sunland Park Derby, Mythical Power is being pointed for the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.

"I was thinking about running Mythical, but I don't want to overrun my 3-year-olds."

Baffert will start Misremembered, who has won a maiden race and an allowance race in his last two starts.

Tres Borrachos eyes Gold Cup

The benefit of a home track advantage has trainer Beau Greely dreaming of Hollywood Gold Cup glory for Tres Borrachos next month.

Best known for winning the Swaps Stakes on this track last year, Tres Borrachos rebounded from a six-race losing streak with a three-length win in an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on May 25.

In the $700,000 Gold Cup on July 11, Tres Borrachos could be the pacesetter in the Grade 1 race at 1 1/4 miles. With more than three weeks to the Gold Cup, the list of probable starters is still forming, but the first three finishers from the Grade 2 Californian Stakes last Saturday - Informed, Rail Trip, and Dakota Phone - are expected to be in the field.

"If he runs his last race back, he could be tough in there," Greely said. "It depends on how it sets up. He runs well when he's up close."

A winner of 3 of 17 starts and $435,622, Tres Borrachos was considered for the Godolphin Mile in Dubai in late March until he finished unplaced in a prep race at Santa Anita earlier that month.

He was later diagnosed with a sore back that kept him out of action for part of the spring. Much of that was forgotten when Tres Borrachos won on May 25. Joe Talamo was aboard for that race, and could ride Tres Borrachos in the Gold Cup, Greely said.

The trainer just wants to see the colt repeat his latest effort, hoping it will be the start of a trend.

"He gets consistent one way or another," Greely said. "Hopefully, this is the start of something big."