05/03/2007 11:00PM

Tiz Elemental injured


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The excitement surrounding the stakes double for owner Warren Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines on the California Gold Rush program April 29 at Hollywood Park turned out to be short-lived.

Earlier this week, Tiz Elemental, winner of the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the Gold Rush program, was found to have a bone chip in a knee, Gaines said. The injury is expected to keep Tiz Elemental out of training until late fall.

"Could we have had fun with her as a 3-year-old?" Gaines said. "That's the thing about this game - as soon as you get excited it knocks you down a notch."

Tiz Elemental, who is by Cee's Tizzy, has won 3 of 5 starts and $237,680.

Her season "has been a success," Gaines said. "In her maternal line, they get better as they get older. Let's hope that happens with her."

The news is much brighter regarding Nashoba's Key, the winner of the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for the Williamson-Gaines team. Friday, Gaines was contemplating what sort of race would best fit Nashoba's Key, who is unbeaten in three starts and made her stakes debut in the Fran's Valentine.

One possibility is the $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap on July 1, a Grade 2 over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

"If she improves, I think she can run with those kind of horses," Gaines said. "She's got such ability."

Nashoba's Key, who is by Silver Hawk, beat a strong group in the Fran's Valentine under jockey Garrett Gomez. Dancing General and Memorette, the second- and third-place finishers, are stakes winners.

"Garrett pulled her up and said, 'That was a lot of fun and she had fun, too,'" Gaines said. "He had a big grin on his face."

Both Nashoba's Key and Tiz Elemental are homebreds for Williamson, who campaigned their Irish-bred dams.

Blending Element, the dam of Tiz Elemental, and Nashoba, the dam of Nashoba's Key, were purchased by Williamson from Ireland and later trained in California by Gaines.

Blending Element, 14, won three stakes, including the Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap. She excelled in races at 1 1/8 miles and beyond on turf.

Nashoba, 11, won 3 of 5 starts, but did not appear in stakes while running in California in 1999-2001.

Both Blending Element and Nashoba's Key are in Kentucky. Blending Element will be bred to Quiet American or Street Cry, while Nashoba will be bred to Artie Schiller, Gaines said.

Gold Rush winners plot next moves

There were six major stakes on the Gold Rush program, and the other four winners may race throughout the country in coming months.

Greg's Gold, winner of the Tiznow Stakes over 7 1/2 furlongs, is being considered for the $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 3, trainer David Hofmans said Friday.

The Tiznow Stakes was Greg's Gold's first stakes win since the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar in 2005.

Leesider, winner of the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes, the richest race of the Gold Rush program, may start in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap, a Grade 3 over 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park on June 17.

"It'll be tougher than the Cal-bred race, but it's something to look at," trainer Paddy Gallagher said.

Epic Power, winner of the $175,000 Khaled Stakes on turf, may be given a break, trainer Jack Carava said. Epic Power won the California Cup Mile last fall.

Somethinaboutlaura, winner of the B. Thoughtful Stakes, may start in the $175,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 3. Somethinaboutlaura was third in the 2006 Milady.