06/10/2004 11:00PM

Wild and Wicked calls it quits

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Wild and Wicked, the winner of the 2003 Ohio Derby, has been retired after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury, trainer Doug O'Neill said Friday.

The injury was detected after a workout last week. Wild and Wicked was being prepared for a start in Saturday's $250,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Wednesday, Wild and Wicked was shipped to owner David Randal's home in Fallbrook, Calif. O'Neill said Randal intends to stand Wild and Wicked at stud next year and is discussing arrangements with stallion farms in California and Kentucky.

By Wild Again, Wild and Wicked won 3 of 6 starts and $361,720. He won his first three races, a streak that included his first stakes win in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown.

Last August, Wild and Wicked finished fourth in two Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds - the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Last year, Kenneth McPeek trained Wild and Wicked.

Following the Travers, Wild and Wicked was given the rest of the year off. He was sent to O'Neill earlier this year and made one start, finishing fourth as the favorite in an optional claimer over 7 1/2 furlongs May 7.

"They did surgery after the Travers on his right knee, and it's bugging him again," O'Neill said. "They don't want to chance it."

Japanese star gets Oaks invite

Dance in the Mood, a winner of four of five starts in Japan, has been invited to the $750,000 American Oaks on July 3, Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza announced.

The Grade 1 American Oaks is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

The full invitation list will be released June 19. It is expected to include Lovely Rafaela and Western Hemisphere, the first two finishers of the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park June 5.

Dance in the Moon suffered her only defeat in the Japanese Oaks over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Tokyo Racecourse on May 23.

Before that, she had won three stakes, including a Group 3 race over about 1 1/8 miles on turf in March and the Japanese 1000 Guineas over a mile on turf in April.

A winner of $1,773,565, Dance in the Mood is by 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence and races for Shadai Farm. She is trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and will be ridden by Yutaka Take, Japan's top rider, who has ridden in Southern California occasionally in recent years.

Pittsburgh City comeback a success

The prospect of a win by Pittsburgh City in Sunday's sixth race seemed like an impossibility two years ago, when his racing career was considered finished because of an injury.

Pittsburgh City, 4, was a top prospect when he was based with trainer Gerard Butler in England in 2002, but did not start there after suffering a tendon injury while working with a team of horses.

"The horse behind him overreached and hit him, and he severed a hind tendon," said current trainer Kristin Mulhall. "They said he would never race."

Mulhall had broken Pittsburgh City before he left for England and took an interest in his recovery. Pittsburgh City was sold as part of the dispersal of The Thoroughbred Corp. at Barretts in January and was purchased for $7,000.

In his career debut in a turf sprint over 5 1/2 furlongs May 30, Pittsburgh City disputed the lead throughout and finished second by a head. Pittsburgh City is by Swain, who excelled at long distances, so Mulhall was surprised at Pittsburgh City's effectiveness at the short distance.

Owned by Kristin and her brother, Mike, Pittsburgh City has defied expectations by making it back.

"I think he'll make a nice horse," she said.

Imperialism rested up

Imperialism, third in the Kentucky Derby, rejoined Mulhall's stable earlier this week after a three-week break at Rancho Paseana, near Del Mar.

Owned by Steve Taub, Imperialism is likely to resurface in turf stakes at Del Mar, with the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap over 1 1/16 miles Aug. 14 and the $400,000 Del Mar Derby over 1 1/8 miles Sept. 6 as goals.

Fifth in the Preakness Stakes on May 15 in his most recent start, Imperialism has won 5 of 17 starts and $522,605. Before being purchased by Taub in January, Imperialism made three starts on turf at Calder, including a second-place finish in the Mecke Stakes over 1 1/16 miles last November.

During the time Imperialism was at Rancho Paseana, he was given afternoons in a paddock.

"He had fun out there, turned out in a huge pasture," Mulhall said.

Diligent Prospect out until fall

Diligent Prospect, who set a five-furlong track record of 56.29 seconds with a victory in a maiden race May 30, has been turned out for 60 days because of a sore shin, O'Neill said.

The injury will prevent Diligent Prospect from starting until the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in the fall, O'Neill said. Diligent Prospect was sent to Magali Farms to recover a few days after the race.

"This is going to be a fun 3-year-old," O'Neill said.

Harrington rounds up juveniles

Trainer Mike Harrington won two races Wednesday with the juveniles Alpine Sport and I Can Yodele, and nearly added another Thursday with Beau, who finished second to Johnny High Brite.

All three of Harrington's starters are by the California-based stallion Swiss Yodeler, who ranks second in progeny earnings from 2-year-olds with $247,903. Successful Appeal, who stands in Florida, leads the list with earnings of $285,033.

From 1996-98, Harrington trained Swiss Yodeler for Heinz Steinmann, who owns Alpine Sport, Beau, and I Can Yodele.

I Can Yodele may return in the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes on July 5 or the $125,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes for state-breds at Del Mar on July 23.

None of the three rank as Harrington's top juvenile prospect, a distinction that goes to Swiss Silver, who has been fourth and third in two maiden races. He is likely to reappear in a maiden race in coming weeks.

Johnny High Brite may return in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 17 or the $125,000 Graduation Stakes for state-breds at Del Mar on July 28.

Owned by Richard and James Briere and trained by Craig Dollase, Johnny High Brite is a half-brother to Shalini, who starts in Sunday's $75,000 Quicken Tree Stakes for state-breds.