10/10/2007 11:00PM

War Chant distance suits Stormin Away

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Distances have never been a problem for Stormin Away. He won his maiden back in 2004 going a mile, and earlier this year won the Round Table Handicap at 1 3/4 miles on turf at Hollywood Park.

"I think he'll run any distance," trainer Jeff Mullins said. "He'll run down a brick road if you want him to."

For Stormin Away's next start, Mullins has chosen the shorter distance of a mile on turf, in Saturday's $60,000 restricted War Chant Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

The War Chant drew a varied group of 10, some of whom ran well in their last starts and others looking to regain old form.

Stormin Away has not started since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Sunset Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on July 15, four weeks after the Round Table. "I ran him back too quick," Mullins said of that loss.

Stormin Away was effective at shorter distances earlier this year, winning an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf here in March.

The one-mile distance will suit Whilly, a 6-year-old making his first start for trainer Mike Marlow. He was previously trained by Doug O'Neill.

For O'Neill, Whilly won the Sir Beaufort Stakes in 2004 and the San Marcos Stakes and American Handicap in 2005. Whilly is winless in his last nine starts and has run once this year, finishing sixth in the Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 16.

Whilly joined Marlow's barn on Sept 22. "We want to get him in the right spot and get his confidence up," Marlow said. "It looked like at Del Mar he needed the race. I've had one work in him since I've had him."

Trainer Bobby Frankel starts two Group 1 winners from South America - Heroi de Bafra and Storm Military.

Heroi de Bafra is winless in three starts in this country, but won Group 1 races at 1 1/4 miles and 1 1/2 miles on turf in Brazil in 2006. Storm Military is making his American debut. A 5-year-old horse, he won Group 1 races at a mile and 1 1/4 miles in Argentina last winter.

Other entrants include the pacesetters Lang Field and Warrior Song; Toasted, who was fifth in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship last weekend; and Fast and Furious, who was third in the American Handicap in June.

Overextended to Breeders' Cup

Overextended, the winner of a maiden special weight race at 1o1/16 miles on Oct. 6, will be pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the $1 million BC Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park, O'Neill said on Thursday.

Owned by Paul Reddam, Overextended won the maiden race by a length in 1:44.11. It was his fifth start, and first since finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5.

Despite the lack of stakes experience, Overextended deserves a shot in a Breeders' Cup race, O'Neill said.

"It's a fine like between a horse that can win a straight maiden in Southern California and be competitive in a stakes," O'Neill said. "He's displayed the talent and he's doing well. Paul Reddam is the type of guy that if they're doing good, he says, 'Let's take a chance.' "

O'Neill would prefer to start Overextended in the Juvenile on Oct. 27, but said the Juvenile Turf on Oct. 26 is an option if the Juvenile oversubscribes.

Dixie Chatter back to work

Dixie Chatter, the winner of the Norfolk Stakes on Sept. 30 and the top California-based hope for the Juvenile, worked a half-mile in 50 seconds at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Trainer Richard Mandella said he timed Dixie Chatter in "1:02 and change" for five furlongs. The workout was the colt's first since the Norfolk and first since a minor foot injury flared up after the Norfolk.

Mandella said the injury, a grabbed quarter, is "no problem."

Jockey Richard Migliore was aboard for the workout.

"He did it real nice," Mandella said. "He breezed a real slow five-eighths in 1:02 and change. It was meant to go very slow. Next week, we'll do something more serious."

Baze gets extra day suspension

Jockey Michael Baze had his suspension extended one day, to include Saturday, after he rode more than one designated race, or graded stakes, last Saturday. Baze was serving a suspension for causing interference in a race at Del Mar.

Through Wednesday, Baze was fifth in the rider standings with eight wins, six fewer than leader Victor Espinoza.

California jockeys are allowed to ride one designated race during most suspensions.

John Henry giveaway Saturday

Santa Anita will honor the Hall of Fame gelding John Henry by distributing a 9x12 photo to customers on Saturday.

John Henry was euthanized on Monday at the age of 32. He earned more than $6.5 million and was a star at Santa Anita, winning such races as the San Juan Capistrano Handicap in 1980 and the Santa Anita Handicap in 1981 and '82.