11/22/2007 12:00AM

Vacare to miss Matriarch

EmailINGLEWOOD, Calif. - Vacare, the winner of the Grade 2 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland in October, was not entered for Sunday's $500,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park after bleeding in a recent workout, trainer Christophe Clement said on Thursday.

Entries for the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile on turf were taken on Thursday. The race drew a field of six, led by Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006. The other entrants are Dance Away Capote, Lady of Venice, Life Life, Naissance Royale, and Precious Kitten.

Vacare was expected to be a leading contender. She worked a half-mile at Hollywood Park on Nov. 14, but bled in the exercise, Clement said.

Asked if she bled severely, Clement said, "For me not to run, yes."

Clement said that Vacare will be sent to Payson Park in Florida and will be rested. She is expected to stay in training in 2008.

"She will tell us" when she is ready to return, Clement said.

A winner of 6 of 8 starts and $843,856 for owners Jon and Sarah Kelly, Vacare has won four stakes in her career, including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in October 2006.

The Matriarch is the fifth race on Sunday's 10-race program.

Nobiz LIke Shobiz heads 11 in Hollywood Derby

The $500,000 Hollywood Derby over 1 1/4 miles on turf drew 11 entrants, led by the six-time stakes winner Nobiz Like Shobiz. Medici Code, the winner of the Del Mar Derby, drew the outside post. The race includes Bold Hawk and Twilight Meteor, the first two finishers of the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby on Oct. 13, and Daytona, winner of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby on Oct. 13.

Ten a Penny will be trying to end a three-race losing streak, all in stakes, as a longshot. Trained by Craig Dollase, Ten a Penny won his U.S. debut in a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar in July, but was third in the La Jolla Handicap and second in the Bay Meadows and Oak Tree derbies.

Ten a Penny is one of two horses in the field who have won at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Bold Hawk won an allowance race over that trip at Belmont Park in September, while Ten a Penny won a minor handicap in England over that distance in April.

Sale-topper euthanized

Charming Hostess, an unraced Cape Town filly who topped the 2006 California October yearling sale at Barretts, was euthanized on Thursday as a result of injuries sustained while pulling up in a workout at Hollywood, trainer Eoin Harty said.

Charming Hostess had worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds.

Charming Hostess was purchased for $240,000 as a yearling last year and for $800,000 at the Barretts sale of 2-year-olds in training in March. She was purchased in March by John Ferguson Bloodstock, who buys at auctions on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud.

Maidens show promise

Harty, who won Thursday's second race for maidens with the Darley-owned Caressive, has a promising filly, Crown of Diamonds, in Saturday's fourth race. A maiden race, it could produce runners for future stakes.

Third in her debut in a six-furlong maiden race at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Sept. 30, Crown of Diamonds is one of eight fillies in Saturday's race, run over seven furlongs.

In her first start, Crown of Diamonds disputed the lead and finished three lengths behind Foxy Danseur. On Nov. 17, Foxy Danseur won the Sharp Cat Stakes here.

Crown of Diamonds is likely to show speed from post 2.

"I don't care for the post," Harty said. "I think she's got the ability to win the race."

Crown of Diamonds must beat Final Fling, who was fourth in her debut on Oct. 28; Kazamira, who was third in her only start, at Del Mar on Sept. 2; and the first-time starter Asbeautifulasyou.

Trainer Jeff Mullins described Final Fling as doing "really good." He said that Final Fling has worked with Distorted Passion, who won a maiden special weight race here on Nov. 10.

Kazamira may prefer a longer race, trainer John Shirreffs said.

"You have to wonder if there is a sprinter in there," he said of Saturday's race.

Asbeautifulasyou is by leading sire A.P. Indy out of Santa Catarina, the winner of the Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks and the runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks in 2003. Asbeautifulasyou is trained by Todd Pletcher.

"I wouldn't be surprised if she won," said Michael McCarthy, Pletcher's assistant in California, "but I think she'll be better with a race or two under her belt.'

Taylors have a last link to Slew

Karen and Mickey Taylor, along with Jim and Sally Hill, burst onto the racing scene with Seattle Slew, who won the Triple Crown in 1977. Seattle Slew also went on to have a sensational career at stud. The final crop of the late Triple Crown winner is now age 5, and one member of that crop, Council Member, was recently purchased by the Taylors, giving them a final link to the horse who changed their lives.

Council Member was sold to the Taylors by Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin Racing following his third-place finish in last month's Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct. He will make his first start for them on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express.

"They loved Seattle Slew," David Hofmans, who now trains Council Member, said of the Taylors. "Maybe they can make a little stallion out of him and carry a little of that legacy on."

Council Member reunites the Taylors with Hofmans, who started with the Taylors more than 30 years ago.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman