06/06/2003 12:00AM

Vindication preparing for return


Eclipse champion 2-year-old Vindication is back at the track. Not on a racetrack, but at the Padua Stables's training track where he is being prepared for his return to competition. The goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita this fall.

"So far, everything is working out as we hoped it would," said Nadia Sanan general manager of Padua Stables, which owns Vindication. Nadia Sanan is the daughter of Padua Stables owner and founder Satish Sanan.

Vindication has been sidetracked since last winter with a suspensory problem in his left foreleg.

"His rehabilitation included hyperbaric oxygen and stem-cell therapy," Nadia Sanan said.

Hyperbaric therapy calls for the horse to enter a high-pressure oxygen environment. This environment enhances the red cells, which expand and stimulate healing. As for the stem-cell therapy, Sanan said, "It's a state-of-the-art therapy and 85 percent of those horses undergoing treatment have a good prognosis."

Vindication is ahead of schedule. He will start jogging and then enter the usual training routines. As soon as the son of Seattle Slew shows that he is ready, he will be shipped from Padua Stables to trainer Bob Baffert, who will apply the final touches before returning Vindication to competition.

Padua Stables, in addition to being a modern training facility with a sweeping European-style turf course - there's nothing like it elsewhere in Florida - is the home of five stallions: Dance Master (Gone West-Nijinsky's Lover, by Nijinsky II), Delaware Township (Notebook-Sunny Mimosa, by Sunny North), Exchange Rate (Danzig-Sterling Pound, by Seeking the Gold), Snow Ridge (Tabasco Cat-Snow Forest, by Woodman), and Yes It's True (Is It True-Clever Monique, by Clever Trick).

Dance Master, fee $3,500, and Exchange Rate ($7,500) were Grade 2 stakes winners. The other three - Delaware Township ($6,500), Snow Ridge ($5,000), and Yes It's True ($10,000) - were Grade 1 stakes winners. Both Delaware Township and Yes It's True earned their Grade 1 status with victories in the Frank J.

De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park.

Sanan said the books of Yes It's True and Snow Ridge are full, with Yes It's True having been booked to about 125 mares and Snow Ridge to more than 100.

Sanan said a stallion is considered to have a full book at Padua of 100 mares or more. Exchange Rate will have between 60 and 70 mares this season, she said, and the others at the farm are expected to have 40 or more.

o The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's annual June sale of 2-year-olds in training, in addition to 21 older horses in training, is set for June 17-18. The OBS has cataloged 490 2-year-olds, who along with the older horses will breeze under tack on June 14-15. Horses scheduled to sell in the June 17 session will breeze the 14th, and those to sell on June 18 will breeze on the 15th. Videos of all the breezes will be available at the sales pavilion on June 16.

"It's been a good sales season," said Tom Ventura, OBS general manager and sales director. "We were not sure how the economy and the Gulf War was going to impact the sales, but, speaking for OBS, we've had a good season and I expect the June sale to continue the trend."