11/02/2001 12:00AM

Val Royal isn't done yet


ARCADIA, Calif. - Val Royal, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, is likely to have another start this year, trainer Julio Canani said Friday.

Val Royal resumed exercise at Santa Anita on Thursday and is being considered for the $500,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park over 1 1/16 miles on turf on Nov. 24 or the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse on Dec. 16.

Canani said that Val Royal lost weight in the Mile, but that he has quickly rebounded.

"He acts like he didn't run," Canani said. "He looks and feels good. I'll see how he picks it up in the next few days."

Val Royal has made three starts this year, winning the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. After finishing second in the Kilroe Mile last March, his first start in 17 months because of a tendon injury, Val Royal was sidelined through the spring and summer due to a quarter crack.

Canani said the 5-year-old Val Royal is expected to remain in training next year.

The trainer is more puzzled by the ninth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff by Tranquility Lake, who led for the first half-mile before fading through the stretch.

"The mare came back great," he said. "The track was too deep for her."

Nany's Sweep retired

Nany's Sweep, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita, last January, has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky to be bred, trainer Kathy Walsh said.

A winner of 6 of 23 starts and $499,213 for Budget Stable, Nany's Sweep was scheduled to leave for Kentucky on Tuesday. She finished third in her final start, the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap in late September.

Walsh said stallion plans have not been finalized for Nany's Sweep. The 5-year-old Nany's Sweep was considered for Saturday's $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap before the retirement was decided.

"Sometimes you can go one race too many," Walsh said. "She did everything we asked of her. She won a Grade 1."

Proud Tower back in training

Proud Tower, who won the Hollywood Prevue and California Cup Juvenile last year, arrived at trainer Jose Silva's barn at Santa Anita on Thursday, following a nine-month break for a sesamoid injury.

The injury occurred last January and required surgery. The setback happened less than a month after he beat statebreds in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes, and kept Proud Tower from starting in the major 3-year-old stakes of the winter and spring. Silva said Proud Tower has been swimming for the last 45 days and will begin track work in coming days.

El Cielo tops closing-day feature

Monday is the closing day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, a program highlighted by the Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course. El Cielo, the defending champion, is the likely favorite. The program also includes a mandatory pick six payout.

Wednesday is the opening day of the Hollywood Park fall meeting, which will include two Friday night programs - Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. The track offered only one Friday night program at the spring-summer meeting due to statewide concerns over a lack of electricity.

In the end, there was never a blackout due to electricity shortages through the spring-summer meeting.

Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, and continuing through the end of the meeting on Dec. 17, Hollywood Park will offer afternoon racing on Fridays.