05/14/2007 11:00PM

The Tin Man still eager at 9


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Tin Man is still not acting his age. A 9-year-old gelding, The Tin Man worked a mile Tuesday at Hollywood Park, after which trainer Richard Mandella said the multimillionaire is on target for a May 28 comeback in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile.

"He looks like he does every year when he comes back, he's very enthusiastic," Mandella said.

The Tin Man, whose 2006 campaign was the best of his career, worked alone Tuesday in 1:38.80. The Tin Man has won 12 races and more than $3.1 million from 27 starts. He won the Arlington Million last year, the highlight of a 4-for-5 campaign.

Mandella expects The Tin Man to run well in the Shoemaker, but warned, "I haven't trained him to death; he might need the first race back."

Horse Greeley, who won the 2006 Del Mar Futurity for Mandella before being hurt last fall in the Norfolk Stakes, came out of his May 6 fourth-place comeback with a strained ligament that will require 30 days off.

Greg's Gold headed to Churchill

Grade 1 winner Greg's Gold, winner of the Tiznow Stakes for California-breds on April 29, will ship out of state next month for the first time.

Greg's Gold will ship to Churchill Downs for the Grade 3 Aristides Handicap on June 2.

"I can't wait nine weeks, and breeze six times," trainer David Hofmans said, referring to the time between the Tiznow and the next appropriate spot at Hollywood for Greg's Gold, the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap on July 7.

Greg's Gold has won 6 of 16 races and $530,068, all in California, including a 2005 win in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar. Greg's Gold was sidelined with a tendon injury from 2005 until early this year. Since returning, he has won 2 of 3.

Nook and Granny looks good

The 2-year-old filly Nook and Granny is no secret Thursday. A first-time starter trained by David La Croix, this daughter of Impeachment will be tough to beat if she runs to her pedigree and workouts.

"She has done everything right, and is out of a very good mare," La Croix said.

Nook and Granny is out of Dearest Place, whose winners include Luis's Especial and Bully's Del Mar, who won her debut as a juvenile in 2001 but was disqualified.

Jockey Richard Migliore is familiar with Nook and Granny. He worked her from the gate April 19 and she smoked three furlongs in a bullet 34.60 seconds. La Croix said two slower works after that were under a hold.

Nook and Granny's task will be made easier by the scratch of a key rival. Early Applause chipped a knee, according to trainer Brian Koriner, who said she will scratch, undergo arthroscopic surgery, and make her debut later this year.

Meanwhile, La Croix is seeking his second win this spring by a 2-year-old filly. Another Aleyna won her May 3 debut and runs May 27 in the $75,000 Cinderella Stakes.

Plenty Jade plunges

When a horse takes a suspicious drop following a good race, such as probable favorite Plenty Jade in race 3 Thursday, there is usually a reason. Plenty Jade set the pace and finished a close fourth in a solid April 22 comeback in a maiden-40 starter. Despite the effort, trainer Bill Spawr entered him Thursday for a $16,000 claiming tag.

"Obviously he has some problems," Spawr explained, without being specific. "He'll be good for one more race, but I don't know how long he'll last."

Plenty Jade drew the outside post in the 7 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Spawr is confident Plenty Jade will run well. He also entered Dixie Music Roll first off the claim.

All in the family

Spawr said the top-class sprinter Bordonaro has recovered from a bruised foot, and will work later this week for the True North Handicap at Belmont Park. And the recent arrival of a 2-year-old full sister to Bordonaro puts Spawr in the unusual position of having four full siblings stabled with him at Hollywood Park.

Bordonaro, a 6-year-old Memo gelding out of the mare Miss Excitement, has won 10 of 15. Furioso Star, a 4-year-old gelding, has won 1 of 2. Fedrico, a Memo-Miss Excitement 3-year-old colt, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14.20 and is nearing a debut. The 2-year-old filly, still unnamed, has the same distinct white blaze as her older brothers.

Whittingham next target for 'Acorn'

Victor Espinoza will ride On the Acorn in the Grade 1, $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on June 9. On the Acorn, the top marathon turf horse in California, won the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap last Saturday.

On the Acorn has won 7 of 28, and he has earned $398,400 since he was claimed by trainer Mike Mitchell and a partnership that includes racetrack publicist Jack Disney.

In fact, Stormello was eased

After reviewing the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Equibase has changed the comment line for 19th-place finisher Stormello, who is based at Hollywood Park.

The original chart comment said "weakened." Equibase, however, determined that jockey Kent Desormeaux eased the 3-year-old the final quarter-mile, and the revised past performance for Stormello now reads "eased."

Scottsbluff tries for repeat

Scottsbluff, who set a turf course record for 5 1/2 furlongs (1:00.26) one year ago in the Bullet Stakes, will not lower the mark in the 2007 Bullet. That's because the race is now at six furlongs.

Scottsbluff is one of five turf sprinters in the Bullet on Friday. The others are I'll Prey for You, Exceeding, Parmar Day, and Worchester.

* A seven-furlong race for 3-year-old sprinters is the key race Sunday at Hollywood. The Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes is expected to include Principle Secret, Desert Code, Euroglide, Robbos Courage, and Try to Fly.

* A mile grass race for 3-year-olds is the marquee race Saturday. The Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes is expected to include Candy's Bro, Laddies Poker, Silent Soul, Worldly, and Yario.