10/22/2007 12:00AM

Tin Man gets break, but should be back

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - The Tin Man, the 9-year-old multimillionaire, will not start again this year after emerging with body soreness from a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Oct. 6, trainer Richard Mandella said over the weekend.

Mandella said that The Tin Man will be given two months off, with the hope that he can return to top-class racing at 10 in 2008.

"He was a little stiff out of that race," Mandella said of the Clement Hirsch. "Hopefully in a couple of months we'll bring him back. If he doesn't come back, we won't go on with it. I think he'll come back and do it again."

Owned by Ralph and Aury Todd, The Tin Man has 1 victory in 4 starts this year, the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in May. He also finished second in the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park and Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

The Tin Man has won 13 of 31 starts and $3,663,780. Mandella said that The Tin Man is not suffering from a serious ailment. Last year, a similar situation arose after The Tin Man won the Clement Hirsch. The Shoemaker Mile on May 28 this year marked his return after an eight-month break.

"He doesn't like to work real hard in October, November, or December," Mandella joked. "I could nurse him through another race or two, but I don't know if I'd have him next year."

Baze has confidence back

Jockey Tyler Baze never seemed to sit still on Sunday.

He rode 11 horses in morning workouts and had eight mounts on the 10-race afternoon program. And, he was thrilled to be that busy.

It was not too many months ago that Baze was having trouble gaining even a couple of mounts on any day. As a result, he had fallen from his regular position among the circuit's 10 leading riders.

Baze, who turned 25 last Friday, is in a battle with Victor Espinoza for the riding title at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. Through Sunday, Baze was second in the standings with 22 wins, one behind Espinoza.

Baze's turnaround can be credited to hiring agent Ron Ebanks in the spring, and the changes that Baze has made in his personal life. He took a self-imposed hiatus for a month in the spring to focus on improving his nutrition and fitness. He also attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and continues to do so, he said.

The Eclipse Award winner as the leading apprentice jockey of 2001, Baze weighs 112 pounds and admits that maintaining a low weight "will always be a struggle."

The result of all that is a jockey with a brighter outlook on racing than he had earlier this year, when he struggled for attention from trainers.

"It was a matter of time," he said. "If you don't have the support, how will you have confidence? It's nice to ride seven, eight, or nine horses. I think I have a lot more confidence."

This week, with the sport's attention on the Breeders' Cup program at Monmouth Park on Friday and Saturday, Baze is remaining at Santa Anita. He hopes the absence of several colleagues will help him to take a commanding lead in the standings.

"Everyone wants to ride the Breeders' Cup," he said. "I can pick up some late mounts when everyone is gone. It's nice to enjoy work and have a good time."

Theverythoughtof U to Santa Monica

Theverythoughtof U, the winner of her second consecutive stakes in Saturday's restricted Pine Tree Lane Stakes, has the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita in late January as a goal, trainer Ron Ellis said.

Ellis said that Theverythoughtof U is likely to return for the $65,000 Playa Del Rey Stakes at six furlongs at Hollywood Park on Dec. 9.

Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Theverythoughtof U, 4, has won 4 of 8 starts and $189,072. She won the CERF Handicap for female sprinters at Del Mar on Sept. 5. The Pine Tree Lane Stakes was her fourth win in five starts.

Student Council preps for Japan trip

Student Council, the winner of the Pacific Classic and the Hawthorne Gold Cup in the last two months, has returned to trainer Vladimir Cerin's stable at Santa Anita in preparation for the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt in Tokyo on Nov. 24.

Cerin trained Student Council for the Pacific Classic, but turned him over to Steve Asmussen in the days before the Hawthorne Gold Cup. Owned by Ro Parra, Student Council returned to Cerin's stable last Friday. Student Council is scheduled to depart for Japan on Nov. 11.

The Japan Cup Dirt is worth approximately $1,083,000 to the winner. If Student Council wins, he would eligible for an additional $833,300 as a bonus for winning the Pacific Classic and Japan Cup Dirt in the same year.

Legacy buys If It Stays Fair

If It Stays Fair, the winner of a one-mile maiden race for 2-year-old California-breds on Oct. 4, has been purchased privately by Pete Parrella's Legacy Ranch, according to new trainer Brian Koriner.

Previously trained by Jeff Ford for his girlfriend, Kimberly Schaffer, If It Stays Fair will be pointed for the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 3, Koriner said.

Lone Star announcer to fill in

John Lies, the track announcer at Lone Star Park near Dallas, will replace Trevor Denman from Wednesday through Saturday at the Oak Tree meeting. Denman will be on assignment at the Breeders' Cup program at Monmouth Park.

Lies, 30, was the intertrack television host at Del Mar this summer. He will host Santa Anita's nightly race replay program during Denman's absence.

* Dancing Edie, the winner of the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap on Sept. 26, will make another start at this meeting on the weekend of Nov. 3-4. Owner Paul Reddam and trainer Craig Dollase will choose between the $150,000 California Cup Distaff on the hillside turf course or the $100,000 California Cup Distance Handicap on Nov. 3, or the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf on Nov. 4.