12/26/2002 12:00AM

Victory for Lukas, regret for Frankel


ARCADIA, Calif. - A win by Scrimshaw and a loss by Ghostzapper in a six-furlong allowance race for 2-year-olds on Thursday at Santa Anita produced opposite emotions for rival trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bobby Frankel.

Scrimshaw caught Zayed in the final strides to remain undefeated in two starts, allowing Lukas, who trains him, to dream of the future. But a fourth-place finish by the heavily favored Ghostzapper left Frankel furious for not scratching the colt and running him instead in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.

Scrimshaw, who won his maiden debut Nov. 3, ran six furlongs in an exceptionally fast 1:08.30 in Thursday's third race. Fourth early, he was roused by jockey Alex Solis in early stretch and won by a head.

"He's so laid-back that I don't think he's competitive yet," Lukas said. "We don't know what we've got."

Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, Scrimshaw was purchased for $550,000 at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale earlier this year.

Ghostzapper was regarded as one of the most impressive maiden winners at Hollywood Park this fall, and Thursday's defeat did not change his status in Frankel's eyes. Fifth early, Ghostzapper closed some ground on the leaders in early stretch, but never threatened the winner, losing by 7 1/2 lengths.

"I didn't train him for this race," Frankel said. "I should have scratched him and run him on Saturday."

Frankel will not have a runner in Saturday's first race, a $56,000 allowance race over 1 1/16 miles, after Empire Maker, who had been pointed to that race, recently developed a temperature.

Frankel said Empire Maker missed enough training that he will not be ready to race "for two or three weeks." Empire Maker finished third in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 30. Aside from another allowance race, a possible target for him is the $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 18.

Without Empire Maker, there is no standout in Saturday's first race, but there are several starters with potential. The race might well determine how recent maiden winners such as Robledo are campaigned in coming months.

A win or a strong performance in this race could lead to starts in important stakes leading to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Robledo won a six-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 24, in his third start.

"The first time he surprised me by not running that great, but a lot of my horses don't run well first time out," Cerin said. "The second time he got dirt in his face and he finished really well. I think he improved a little more in his last race."

Saturday's first-race field is led by Apalachian Thunder, who was sixth in the Generous Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30. Since that race, Apalachian Thunder has been sent to Bob Baffert.

Two other starters are exiting a stakes. Hell Cat and Rahy Vision, were third and sixth, respectively, in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs Nov. 23. Saturday's race will be the longest of their career.

There is a measure of suspense regarding how Hell Cat, Rahy Vision, and Robledo will handle the longer distance. Trainers such as Cerin are constantly looking for clues, especially during morning workouts.

"He's been finishing his works really well," Cerin said of Robledo. "I hope he can go two turns."

Tout Charmant retired again

Tout Charmant, a multiple stakes winner and millionaire, has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky soon to be bred to Storm Cat.

The announcement was made on Thursday by trainer Ron McAnally and marks the second time that owner Robert and Janice McNair have ended the racing career of the 6-year-old Tout Charmant.

Earlier this year, Tout Charmant was sent to Kentucky to be bred, but failed to get into foal.

She returned to McAnally for a late-season campaign, which ended on Dec. 21 with a dead-heat victory with Surya in the Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park.

In that race, Tout Charmant rallied from eighth in the final quarter-mile.

"She's more valuable as a broodmare and getting her in foal to Storm Cat," McAnally said. "After she won, the McNairs had seen the race in Texas and they were elated. They said, 'Why don't we decide to retire her now and have her go out a winner.' "

Bred by Robert and Barbara Walter, Tout Charmant was bought privately by the McNairs during her racing career. Tout Charmant won 9 of 29 starts and $1,781,879. The Dahlia was her first stakes win since the San Gorgonio Handicap last January at Santa Anita.

"She retires sound," McAnally. "She was among the top mares I've had, especially on the grass. She had to be one of the best I've trained. She was very honest and proved herself last week."

Delahoussaye to see doctors

Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye said Thursday that a visit with doctors Jan. 13 is likely to determine whether he can return to riding. He's been out since being involved in a spill in August at Del Mar.

Delahoussaye, 51, faces a possible retirement if doctors are not satisfied with his recovery from a concussion and neck injuries.

"I'm still having problems with my neck," he said. "It's not 100 percent. It still hurts at night."

Delahoussaye had hoped to know by Thursday whether he could return, but medical tests have been postponed until mid-January.

Delahoussaye attends exercise sessions for his neck three times a week. "If it's not good, I think I'll hang it up," he said.

Unlimited Value euthanized at age 6

Unlimited Value, winner of the California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last month, was euthanized Monday after complications from a pastern injury suffered during a gallop. Unlimited Value, 6, won 7 of 13 starts and $395,980.

"All of us at Harris Farms were devastated by his loss, as he was a top horse with a wonderful personality," said owner John Harris.