11/30/2010 2:04PM

Well Armed back with Harty at track

Andrew Watkins
Well Armed, winner of the 2009 Dubai World Cup, has rejoined trainer Eoin Harty at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Well Armed, winner of the 2009 Dubai World Cup who is unraced since August 2009, has returned to trainer Eoin Harty’s stable at Hollywood Park.

The 7-year-old gelding underwent surgery in summer 2009 to have a bone chip removed from an ankle and had further setbacks earlier this year caused by illness and a slower-than-expected physical recovery that postponed his return to the racetrack. There was hope that Well Armed could return to the racetrack in the spring or summer earlier this year, but those plans were delayed.

Harty said Tuesday that Well Armed has been galloping at a farm. No timetable for a return has been set, but Well Armed is unlikely to race until the spring, he said.

“He does look good,” Harty said. “He’s been galloping on the farm, and we’ll start him up doing that.”

Well Armed has won 7 of 24 starts and $5,179,803. Aside from the $6 million Dubai World Cup in 2009, Well Armed has won three stakes in the United States, including the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita in 2008. He also was third behind Curlin in the 2008 Dubai World Cup.

Well Armed has not started since finishing last in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in August 2009, after which the injury was detected.

Victor’s Cry eyes trip to Dubai

Harty won the Grade 2 Citation Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf with Victor’s Cry last Saturday, and the win has led to consideration for a trip to Dubai in March.

Victor’s Cry won the Citation Handicap as an 11-1 outsider by 1 1/4 lengths over 15-1 Proudinsky. Court Vision, winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September and fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, could only finish fourth as the 7-5 favorite.

For Victor’s Cry, who races for Bob and Michele Billings’s Equilete Stables, the Citation was his second major win of the year, preceded by the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in May. Both races were at Hollywood Park, but Harty insists that Victor’s Cry is not a “horse for course.”

“I think he’s a horse that does well on this course,” Harty said. “I think he can win if he gets the right ride under the right circumstances. He can do that on any track.”

A winner of 6 of 21 starts and $564,021, Victor’s Cry will resume racing this winter at Santa Anita, possibly in the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Dec. 27.

In March, the options include the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf on March 5 or the $5 million Dubai Duty Free over about 1 1/8 miles on turf in Dubai on March 26. The latter race carries a first-place purse of $3 million and intrigues Harty.

“It’s always a possibility when you dangle $3 million in front of someone,” Harty said. “I really haven’t set anything in stone. I need to set up a game plan.”

St Trinians points to Santa Maria Handicap

St Trinians, who gave Zenyatta a scare in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap in June, resumed exercise with trainer Mike Mitchell earlier this month after a break of more than three months.

Mitchell hopes to have St Trinians ready for the $150,000 Santa Maria Handicap on Feb. 12, a race she won last year against Life Is Sweet, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.

“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Mitchell said. “If I can’t get her ready for that, it will be the Santa Margarita” Handicap on March 12.

Mitchell said that St Trinians did not require surgery during the summer but did not train to his liking after losing the Vanity by a half-length on June 12.

“I took her to Del Mar and decided to take a break,” Mitchell said. “She was body sore, but she didn’t have any major problems.”

Owned by Dan Capen and Laura Chavers, St Trinians has won 7 of 13 starts and $308,587. A 5-year-old mare, St Trinians was the 3-1 favorite against males in the Santa Anita Handicap last March but could only finish sixth.

Had she been ready, St Trinians would have been a strong favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles.

The Bayakoa is led by defending champion Zardana, who is expected to face It Tiz, Silver Sawallow, and Washington Bridge. Zardana was third in the Vanity Handicap in June.

Alcindor heading to Malibu Stakes

Alcindor is bound for the $250,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 after extending his unbeaten streak to two with a stylish win in a seven-furlong allowance race at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Alcindor won by 7 1/2 lengths over Nextdoorneighbor, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 102. “This is a serious horse,” Baffert said.