11/05/2008 12:00AM

There's dirt in Square Eddie's future


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Square Eddie, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last month, is in the midst of a two-week vacation at a California farm. Although his best races have come on synthetic surfaces, Square Eddie could make his 3-year-old debut on a dirt surface, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

"He'll make his next start in the new year," O'Neill said. "We've talked about a dirt race in the campaign."

O'Neill said Square Eddie is currently based at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., and was sent there on Monday.

O'Neill said he and Paul Reddam, who owns Square Eddie, have not chosen a 2009 schedule for the colt leading to the Triple Crown. One possibility is a stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, which has a dirt surface. O'Neill plans to have a stable of as many as 15 horses at Fair Grounds this winter.

Square Eddie has thrived on synthetic surfaces this fall. He won the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity by 4 3/4 lengths on Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 4, which was his U.S. debut. In the BC Juvenile over a Pro-Ride surface, Square Eddie led or disputed the lead to the final turn and finished 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Midshipman.

In England, Square Eddie was second in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Sept. 6, his debut on such a surface. The Kentucky Derby is run on dirt.

A winner of 2 of 6 starts and $767,366, and a leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby on May 2, Square Eddie will not start in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 20, a race that is sponsored by Reddam's loan company.

"He came out of the Breeders' Cup in great shape," O'Neill said. "You would think it would be tempting to Paul to run for his own money, but he was very much in favor of giving him down time."

Key test for Charlie's Moment

Charlie's Moment was not necessarily cut out for races such as Saturday's $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park. He was bought for $17,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2007.

Charlie's Moment has shown he belongs in stakes, winning the Gateway to Glory Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Fairplex Park on Sept. 19 and finishing second in the Jack Goodman Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 18.

The Real Quiet will be Charlie's Moment's seventh race. He was gelded after his second start and has not been worse than third in four subsequent starts.

"Charlie has matured a lot since the beginning," trainer Walther Solis said. "The big thing was to make him a gelding. From then on, everything has improved."

Solis is using the 1 1/16-mile Real Quiet as a test for Charlie's Moment, and to gauge where he fits with the circuit's best 2-year-olds as the CashCall Futurity approaches.

"We want to see how he comes out of it," Solis said. "I think a mile and a sixteenth will suit him better. He doesn't like to be rushed."

Charlie's Moment lost the Jack Goodman Stakes by a nose to Backbackbackgone, and the circumstances still irk Solis. Backbackbackgone drifted to out in the stretch, which Solis said hampered Charlie's Moment.

"I think that cost us the race," Solis said.

Charlie's Moment has drawn the outside post of seven in the Real Quiet. He is the only stakes winner in the field, which includes Escalon and J P Jammer, third and fourth in the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.

Triumphant Flight will await Santa Anita

Triumphant Flight, who finished second in the California Cup Juvenile, will not start during the Hollywood Park fall meeting. Trainer Eric Kruljac said Triumphant Flight will be pointed for the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in late December.

"He's doing great, but we wanted to let him down a little bit," Kruljac said. "We'll just give him a little time to grow."

Triumphant Flight won the Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Fairplex Park in September. Owned by Tyler Seltzer, Triumphant Flight was second in the Graduation Stakes for statebreds at Del Mar in July.

Kruljac said Triumphant Flight could be tried in the major stakes for 3-year-olds during the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting or start in the Sunshine Millions Dash for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park in late January.

"We'll take it race by race," he said. "He'll have an opportunity to stretch out."

Zenyatta taking it easy

Zenyatta, the leading older female in the nation, is only walking at trainer John Shirreffs's barn at Hollywood Park and is unlikely to do any serious exercise on the racetrack in coming weeks, the trainer said.

Unbeaten in nine starts, the most recent of which was the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 24, Zenyatta will make her next start at Santa Anita in early 2009. After the Ladies' Classic, Shirreffs said he did not plan to give Zenyatta much to do in November.

"We can give her a little time now," Shirreffs said Wednesday.

* Whatsthescript, third in the BC Mile on Oct. 25, worked three furlongs in 37 seconds at Santa Anita on Wednesday. The winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile in August, Whatsthescript could start in the $400,000 Citation Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf here on Nov. 28.

* Shem Tov was pulled up on the backstretch of Wednesday's second race for turf maidens after bleeding from the lungs, according to track stewards. Shem Tov laid on the turf for a few moments, got back on his feet, and was taken off the track on a horse ambulance.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland walked away from the incident and did not appear to be injured.