04/23/2004 12:00AM

Valenzuela returns with five mounts


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has five mounts at Hollywood Park on Sunday, his first rides since receiving a stay from the California Horse Racing Board that allows him to ride while appealing the recent termination of his conditional license.

Valenzuela is booked to ride Butte City in the second race, Haleakala Sunrise in the third, Ms Mintons Excess in the fourth, Makeup Artist in the Wilshire Handicap, and Defcon Five in the ninth.

His best chances are probably with Defcon Five, who makes his career debut in a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, or Haleakala Sunrise, a maiden making her fifth start. Defcon Five is trained by Mike Mitchell, who won four races from six starters on Wednesday and Thursday.

Valenzuela, 41, received a stay from the CHRB on April 16. His conditional license was voided by Santa Anita stewards on April 2 after he failed to submit to a mandatory drug test on Jan. 22. In early April, the stewards had said Valenzuela could reapply for a license in January 2005.

The board's decision to grant the stay has been criticized by Valenzuela's rival jockeys. On Thursday, they presented the board with a letter of protest signed by 18 riders. The letter asked the CHRB to reverse its decision to grant the stay. Valenzuela's appeal is expected to take several months.

Valenzuela's career has had several interruptions for substance-abuse problems. He told the Santa Anita stewards at a hearing in late March that he was fighting depression.

Last year, Valenzuela won riding titles at the five major race meetings in Southern California.

According to his agent, former jockey Corey Black, Valenzuela did not want to ride the entire card on Sunday.

"He hasn't ridden in three months, and there is the fitness factor," Black said.

Valenzuela exercised horses at Santa Anita on Friday. He resumed working in the mornings on Wednesday.

Elloluv and Momentum return to training

Elloluv, a top 3-year-old filly of 2003, and Momentum, whose career has been interrupted twice by a tendon injury, are back in training with Craig Dollase. Paul Reddam owns both horses.

Elloluv, who won the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and was second in the Breeders' Cup Distaff last year, is currently galloping. She was given the winter off after finishing sixth in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes last December at Santa Anita. A victory in that race could have given her support for an Eclipse Award as the divisional champion.

"We're anxious to get her going," Dollase said. "She's the queen of the barn."

Momentum has not started since finishing second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in October 2002. A winner of 5 of 16 starts and $664,829, Momentum was second in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic in 2002.

Dollase said the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10 is a goal for Momentum, who worked a half-mile in 50.20 seconds on Thursday.

"He has plenty of miles and gallops under him," he said.

Little Treasure, multiple stakes winner, retired

Little Treasure, a three-time stakes winner in 2002, has been retired and will be bred to Grand Slam or Hennessy, trainer Laura de Seroux said.

Little Treasure, 5, won 6 of 16 starts and $305,262 in France and the United States.

Her best season came in 2002, when she won the Prix de Bagatelle in France as well as the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

Little Treasure lost the last seven races of her career, a span that included a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park last summer.

Owned by Sidney Port, Marsha Naify, and San Gabriel Investments, Little Treasure made the final start of her career on April 4, finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita. It was her only start this year.

"I've been fighting an arthritic ankle, and I didn't see how she would last all year," de Seroux said. "It was obvious what to do."

House of Fortune, Silent Sighs have key works

House of Fortune and Silent Sighs, top contenders for the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, had important workouts on Friday.

House of Fortune, the winner of the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 9, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Hollywood Park, which equaled the second-fastest of 10 recorded works at the distance.

"It was a fitness situation more than anything," trainer Ron McAnally said. "She did it well and didn't get hot."

House of Fortune has won two consecutive stakes, including the California Oaks by 17 lengths at Golden Gate Fields in March.

Silent Sighs, the winner of the Santa Anita Oaks on March 13, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 at Santa Anita. The workout thrilled trainer Julio Canani.

"This is the best work she's ever had," he said. "It was like she was galloping."

Sightseek, the multiple stakes winner trained by Bobby Frankel, also worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 on Friday at Hollywood Park. She is bound for the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs next Friday.

Two juveniles headed for stakes after wins

The first juvenile races at 4 1/2 furlongs were run on Thursday for California-breds.

Bobby the Bagger ($39.20) won the open division in 52.54 seconds, while Rents Due ($4.60) won the fillies division in 52.75 seconds.

Bobby the Bagger is bound for the $75,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at five furlongs on May 23, trainer Leonard Duncan said. The colt was making his debut on Thursday.

Rents Due made her third career start in Thursday's eighth race, following runner-up finishes in two races over two furlongs at Santa Anita. Trained and co-owned by Jerry Dutton, Rents Due will be pointed for the $75,000 Nursery Stakes for fillies at five furlongs on May 16.

Ruis appeals three-day suspension

Apprentice jockey Mick Ruis has filed an appeal with the CHRB contesting a three-day suspension he received for careless riding on Wednesday.

Ruis was cited by Hollywood Park stewards for his ride aboard Top Honours, who was disqualified from third and placed fourth for causing interference in the stretch of a turf race.

The suspension was supposed to run from Thursday through Saturday.