03/08/2010 12:00AM

Two Kentucky options for Crisp


The first three finishers of Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks - Crisp, All Due Respect, and Blind Luck - are headed east.

Race winner Crisp is being considered for the $400,000 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on April 3, or may go straight to the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30, trainer John Sadler said.

Runner-up All Due Respect may start in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 2, trainer Kathy Walsh said. The same race may draw Blind Luck, the beaten favorite in the Santa Anita Oaks.

The leading 3-year-old filly in California, Blind Luck was beaten a half-length by Crisp, closing from last in a field of seven under jockey Rafael Bejarano. The jockey criticized his ride after the race saying he should have kept her to the outside in deep stretch instead of trying to rally on the inside.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was philosophical about the loss on Sunday.

"What are you going to do?" he said. "It's tough sometimes. She ran well and she looked like she was a good filly even though she was beaten. My ultimate goal is the Kentucky Oaks."

Crisp won her second stakes of the meeting in the Santa Anita Oaks, having previously won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes in January.

Gomez gets mount on Kinsale King

Kinsale King, the winner of two sprint stakes since early December, will be ridden by Garrett Gomez in the $2 million Golden Shaheen sprint in Dubai on March 27.

Gomez breezed Kinsale King five furlongs in 1:01.80 at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

Kinsale King has not started since winning the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan. 23. Last month, trainer Carl O'Callaghan took Kinsale King to Golden Gate Fields for two workouts over that track's Tapeta synthetic surface, the same surface that is in place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Gomez has three confirmed rides for the Dubai World Cup program, according to his agent Ron Anderson. He will ride the mare Life Is Sweet in the $10 million Dubai World Cup and Courageous Cat in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on turf.

As a result, Richard's Kid, the winner of the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita under Gomez last month, will be ridden by Mike Smith in the Dubai World Cup, Baffert said.