07/02/2009 11:00PM

Whatsthescript gets checkup in American


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In 2008, the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park was the start of a successful campaign for Whatsthescript that was dominated by mile turf races.

This year, the $150,000 American Handicap may lead to a different sort of campaign. Instead of concentrating on turf miles, trainer John Sadler and owners Tom and Debbie Stull are considering a season with longer races.

Saturday's American Handicap, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, is a test to determine the best campaign.

"We may want to go out on the distance," Sadler said. "We think he can do more than a mile. Right now, he's at the same place as last year."

The American Handicap was Whatsthescript's first race of 2008. This season, it will be his second, preceded by a fourth-place finish by a half-length as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile here on May 25. Whatsthescript rallied from sixth in a field of seven to miss catching race winner Thorn Song.

"I thought I had him ready to win," Sadler said. "They watered the turf the night before. I think the turf was a little wet for him. I shouldn't be disappointed. I was a little disappointed he didn't win."

Whatsthescript, 5, has won 6 of 15 starts and $829,964. He will be after the sixth stakes win of his career in the American.

"We want to make sure he's back to where he should be," Sadler said. "He's in good shape and ready to run."

The race may have only five starters. Thursday, trainer Craig Dollase said he was unsure whether Monterey Jazz would start in the American or the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap on Sunday.

"I'm in between," Dollase said. "The Grade 1 looks enticing."

A three-time graded stakes winner, Monterey Jazz ended a four-race losing streak with a front-running victory in an allowance race on May 24. He ran a mile on turf in course-record time of 1:32.59.

"I think I've got him back to where he was before," Dollase said.

Neil Drysdale has two starters - Artiste Royale, who won the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in January, and Giant Gem, who has won his last two starts and is making his stakes debut.

Storm Military, third in the Grade 1 Shoemaker at 15-1, and the recent French import Buenos Dias, are capable of upsets.