Updated on 09/16/2011 8:13AM

Watch out for Argentine filly Terna


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Pico Perdomo and owner Gary Tanaka have found a potential replacement for retired Gourmet Girl, the California-bred who earned the 2001 Eclipse as champion older filly or mare. Terna, a Group 1 winner in Argentina, arrived at Hollywood Park two months ago and is expected to make her U.S. debut later this meet. The 4-year-old Terna won 3 of 6 in South America.

"She's acclimated very quickly, which is unusual for a South American," Perdomo said. "She's the same color as Gourmet Girl; I hope she can run like her. The [filly-mare] division on the main track is not that strong right now."

Terna is up to six furlongs in her works.

The Perdomo-trained Jetin Excess returned to the track last week.

Unraced since Dec. 17, 2000, the 4-year-old Jetin Excess was plagued by problematic feet, and was scratched from a race this winter at Santa Anita when she pulled a muscle behind her knee.

"I still think she can be any kind of horse," Perdomo said.

Jetin Excess won her first four starts in 2000, finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, and was named champion California-bred 2-year-old filly.

New look for Calkins Road

Calkins Road will undergo an equipment change Sunday in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds, the main attraction when Hollywood presents its third annual Gold Rush Day for California-breds. Calkins Road has worn blinkers in all four starts, but trainer John Shirreffs is contemplating removing them.

"We're either going to put on real small blinkers, or take them off entirely," Shirreffs said. "He needs to be more aware of what's going on around him; he goofs off and plays around a lot."

The 1 1/8-mile Snow Chief will attract a weak field: none of the probables are stakes runners. Calkins Road fits despite a dull second-place finish March 28 in a Cal-bred allowance. He has one win and two seconds from four starts.

Snow Chief defections include injured Officer, and Kentucky Derby candidate Lusty Latin. The status of impressive maiden winner Modernist is undetermined. Snow Chief contenders include Gobi Dan, Good Terms, Roberto's Show, Downtownwillybrown, and Menacing Dennis.

While the Shirreffs-trained Calkins Road is a good fit in the Snow Chief, so is Lily's Lad in the $175,000 TVG Khaled Stakes. Lily's Lad, 3 for 4 on the Hollywood turf, will be one of the longshots in the 1 1/16-mile grass race that is expected to attract Native Desert and Spinelessjellyfish.

Beyond his Cal-breds, Shirreffs said Lethal Instrument is training well and nearing his first start in 14 months. The 6-year-old Lethal Instrument, runner-up in last year's Grade 2 San Antonio, underwent ankle surgery after finishing unplaced in the 2001 Santa Anita Handicap. Another Shirreffs runner with potential is Santa Lucia Handicap runner-up Cashmina, who will skip the Hawthorne Handicap on Saturday and run in an allowance race next month.

Cold Market has quality bloodlines

While his full brother Hot Market could emerge as a stakes horse this summer, Cold Market is just getting started. The 3-year-old Cold Market may debut Sunday in a $60,000 maiden stakes on Gold Rush Day. Hot Market and Cold Market were sired by Cee's Tizzy, and produced by the Seattle Song mare Time to Plant, making them closely related to recently retired Tiznow and Budroyale (both by Cee's Tizzy, out of the Seattle Song mare Cee's Song).

Hot Market's blistering allowance win April 6, which earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, sets him up for a big season, and trainer Craig Lewis is considering a stakes for the gelding's next start. Meanwhile, Cold Market has trained well for Lewis, and could start in the Pepper Oaks Farm Stakes. "He's still a little immature, so I won't force him," Lewis said.

Lewis also is positioned for a successful meet. He will start lightly raced Nicole's Pursuit in the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, and expects the first crop by his Santa Anita Derby winner Larry the Legend to begin arriving in coming weeks. In addition, Lewis has picked up a new client. He recently purchased three 2-year-olds at Keeneland for Bob and Beverly Lewis, including a $650,000 filly by Touch Gold.

Futural getting sharp

Futural worked six furlongs Tuesday in a sharp 1:12.20 and is expected to rejoin the handicap division this summer. He has not raced since March 2, when he finished 12th as the 3-1 favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap.

"He came out of that race sick. Maybe it was something that was brewing for some time," trainer Craig Dollase said.

Futural's work was the fastest of 13 on Tuesday. "We know he likes this track," said Dollase. Futural won the Hollywood Gold Cup here last summer, but was disqualified and placed fourth.

Sunday, Dollase will start three runners in Gold Rush stakes: Song of Summer in the $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes, which is headed by Go Go; Stetson Lady in the $175,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes; and Shalini in the Melair.

Dollase said Swept Overboard, fifth as the even-money favorite San Simeon Handicap on Sunday, came of the race in good shape and will point for the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint on May 11.

Whittingham next for Continental Red

California-bred Continental Red, third in the Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano Handicap, will point for the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on June 15 according to trainer Ian Jory. Making his fourth start of the Santa Anita winter meet on Sunday, Continental Red finished third at odds of 7-2 in the San Juan.

Said Jory: "He might have been a touch flat, so we won't be in any hurry to bring him back."

Jory's top sprinter Explicit, winner of the Grade 3 Count Fleet at Oaklawn Park, will start May 11 in the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint. The main summer goal for Explicit will be the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs on July 6 at Hollywood.

Macward will be turned out for summer, but Jory will not be without a Gold Rush starter on Sunday. Yes We Do, who bled and finished last in an open allowance on March 10, will start in the $175,000 Fran's Valentine at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

Continental Red and Explicit have paved a big year for Jory. Through Sunday, his stable earnings were $818,807. In 2001, Jory trainees earned $909,072.

* Mizzen Mast and Labamta Babe have resumed training at Hollywood, and are expected to return this summer for Bobby Frankel. No timetable has been announced for their respective comebacks. Mizzen Mast has not raced since winning the Strub Stakes in February at Santa Anita; Labamta Babe has not raced since winning the Santa Catalina in January.

* Soul Warrior, an honest 7-for-20 gelding pointing for the $100,000 Quicken Tree Stakes on Sunday, collapsed and died from a heart attack Monday at Santa Anita. "He worked great [seven furlongs], he was walking back, and all of the sudden he just collapsed," said trainer Barry Abrams. "He was dead in 30 seconds." Soul Warrior, a 7-year-old by Kris S., earned $185,682.