01/07/2002 12:00AM

Trajectory and Rize out of Skip Away


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The field for Saturday's $100,000 Skip Away Handicap lost two contenders on Monday and two more were listed as questionable. The Grade 3 Skip Away is the prep for the Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9.

Trajectory, who has finished first or second in nine of 10 career starts, suffered a ligament injury in his left foreleg and could be sidelined for an extended period of time.

"He's done some damage to a ligament, my gut feeling is it's not good," trainer Graham Motion said. "We've sent all the information to [Dr. Jim Hunt]. This could be a huge setback. I've been conservative with this horse, pointing him to this meet."

Trajectory, a 5-year-old son of Gone West, had won three minor stakes, including the Seagram Cup in his last start at Woodbine on Aug. 5.

Rize, the 2000 Iselin winner, found a softer spot in which to run, winning an off-the-turf allowance race here Monday by 11 1/4 lengths. Trainer Norman Pointer said he had no plans for Rize's next start.

Meanwhile, trainers Shug McGaughey and James Bond were hedging Monday morning regarding their respective charges, Traditionally and Ubiquity.

On Sunday, Traditionally worked five furlongs in 1:02.40, according to McGaughey (track clockers credited him with four furlongs in 49.40 seconds). McGaughey said the time was a little slower than he wanted, but might be heartened to know that it would have ranked as the ninth fastest of 51 five-furlong works.

"`I think I'm going to play a little wait and see whether I run him or not," McGaughey said.

*, who won two races here last winter before winning the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap, has not been out since Aug. 22, when he finished fourth in an allowance race at Saratoga. McGaughey said if he elects not to run Saturday, he will probably wait until the Donn.

From Payson Park, trainer James Bond said he is not sure whether he will run Ubiquity, the upset winner of the Grade 2 Clark Handicap last November, in the Skip Away. On Sunday, Ubiquity breezed five furlongs in 1:03.

"He's able to run, I'm not sure I want to run," Bond said. "He's been training and working good, but he's a new horse in the barn and I need to get to know him. I might be smarter to wait for the Donn."

Ubiquity was one of several horses Bond got from owner Gary West, who formerly employed Bill Mott.

As of Monday, the definites for the Skip Away were Red Bullet, Sir Bear, Fappie's Notebook, Hal's Hope, Built Up, and On the Game.

On Monday, Hal's Hope worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds at Calder, the fastest of 28 works at the distance. Sir Bear, who won this race in 1998 and 1999 when it was known as the Broward Handicap, worked five furlongs in 1:01.60, equaling the fastest of 25 moves at the distance.

Invisible Ink back to work

Invisible Ink, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, breezed three furlongs in 39.60 seconds Monday morning, his first breeze since finishing fifth in the Belmont Stakes.

Invisible Ink headed a long list of stars from trainer Todd Pletcher's stable to record workouts on Monday.

Following the Belmont, Pletcher and owner John Fort decided to give Invisible Ink an extended break and point him to his 4-year-old season. Pletcher said Invisible Ink would likely launch his campaign in mid to late March at Gulfstream.

"``More than anything he was cooked after the Triple Crown," Pletcher said. "I thought he handled the Derby pretty well, but he needed every bit of the five weeks to get to the Belmont. The Belmont zapped what was left in him. John Fort is a pretty patient guy and he felt like that if we had a great 4-year-old that would be a good thing. Hopefully, it pays dividends down the road."

Graeme Hall, who won the Stuyvesant Handicap and was second in the Cigar Mile, breezed four furlongs in 51.80 seconds on Monday as he prepares for the Donn.

Pletcher's top 3-year-old, Nokoma, went six furlongs in 1:15 in his most serious move since finishing second in the Remsen Stakes on Nov. 24. Nokoma could have run in a preliminary allowance race here on Wednesday, but is being pointed to the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 19. Charioteer, another 3-year-old with promise, went five furlongs in 1:01.40 and will run in an allowance race.

Harlan's Holiday preps for Holy Bull

If Nokoma runs in the Holy Bull, his main competition figures to come from Harlan's Holiday, the Iroquois Stakes winner who breezed five furlongs Monday in 1:01.80.

"It was a nice, solid work," trainer Ken McPeek said. "I'll breeze him one more time on Sunday, weather permitting. I don't know if I'm sending him in 100 percent, but he'll be going in 85 or 90 percent."

McPeek's other top 3-year-old. Repent, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up, will work later in the week.

Rock fans everywhere

The good news is that Saturday's attendance of 29,889, swelled as a result of the concert by rock star Bryan Adams, was the third highest in track history other than on a Florida Derby Day. The bad news was that the massive and late-arriving crowd proved a major inconvenience to horsemen, several of whom could not get to the track in time to saddle their horses.

John Kimmel, for example, was still stuck in traffic when his City Sharpster finished second as the favorite in Saturday's eighth race.

"I actually had a policeman wave me off and tell me I couldn't drive on the grounds," Kimmel said. "When I told him I was a trainer with a horse in a race he said he didn't realize there was racing being conducted at the track. He thought it was just a concert.

It seemed that few in the non-racing crowd chose to place a bet, as the ontrack handle of $1,883,990 produced a per capita of less than $64.

"I think it's great bringing new people into the track but if they don't bet what good does it do?" Kimmel said.

Deja vu for younger Schulhofer

Randy Schulhofer, back as a licensed trainer again following the recent retirement of his father, Scotty Schulhofer, wasted little time finding his way to the winner's circle when he sent out Tailfromthecrypt to an impressive allowance victory on Sunday.

Tailfromthecrypt was the first horse the younger Schulhofer saddled in his name since the winter of 1999. The last time he went out on his own was in 1997 when he also won with the first horse he saddled, Mudslinger, in Calder's Three Ring Stakes.

"Jose has broken my maiden twice now," Schulhofer quipped, referring to jockey Jose Santos, who rode Tailfromthecrypt on Sunday and Mudslinger in the 1997 Three Ring. "This is a nice colt who is really starting to come around and reminds me a lot of his dad [Cryptoclearance]."

Tailfromthecrypt is owned in part by Scotty Schulhofer along with Leslie Grimm.

Istintaj sharpens for comeback

Istintaj worked a half mile in 52.00 seconds at Payson Park on Sunday as he prepares to defend his title in Sunday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap.

Istintaj won both the Mr. Prospector and Deputy Minister handicaps here last winter but went winless in his next five starts, including the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

"The race in Dubai and the trip in general might have taken something out of him but he seems to have rounded back into shape this fall and has been training real well at Payson," said trainer Mark Hennig. "I've been especially pleased by the way he's been finishing in his works."

* With regular track announcer Vic Stauffer battling a case of laryngitis, Bobby Neuman called the races here Sunday and Monday. Neuman is the paddock analyst at Calder and the host of that track's nightly replay show.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch


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