01/09/2008 12:00AM

Wind's Legacy unable to run in San Rafael


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wind's Legacy, the promising 3-year-old who won twice at the Hollywood Park fall meeting, will miss Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita because of a sore shin, trainer Jennie Green said on Wednesday.

The Grade 3, one-mile San Rafael is the first major stakes for 3-year-olds at the winter-spring meeting.

Green said that Wind's Legacy's problem was detected after the colt worked six furlongs in 1:11.60 at Santa Anita on Dec. 29, the fastest of 25 recorded works at the distance.

"He had a little bit of a sore shin out of his last work," Green said. "We're not taking any chances."

Wind's Legacy will be considered for the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 2, but Green admitted that he may not be able to run in that race, either. She said a set of X-rays will be taken this weekend to check on the colt's condition.

"It's a wait-and-see" situation, she said. "It depends on what it is."

Owned by Gary Broad, Wind's Legacy has won 2 of 4 starts. He beat maidens in a seven-furlong race in his third start, which came at Hollywood Park on Nov. 10, and returned to win his first start around two turns in an allowance over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 6.

The San Rafael drew a strong field of seven, led by Massive Drama, the winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes in November; El Gato Malo, the winner of the Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in December; and the exciting maiden race winner Talk of a Cat.

Massive Drama was third in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood on Dec. 22. Indian Sun and Sierra Sunset, who were fifth and sixth in that race, are also entered in the San Rafael.

Johnny Eves iffy for San Fernando

Johnny Eves, the winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs on Dec. 26, was entered for Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Stakes over 1 1/16 miles, but is not a certain starter.

Trainer Jay Robbins said on Wednesday that he wanted "to see how the track is on Thursday and Friday" before deciding on whether Johnny Eves would run. Santa Anita did not conduct racing from Saturday through Monday last weekend after the synthetic main track failed to sufficiently drain following significant rain.

Full training on the main track resumed on Wednesday, and Robbins opted to work Johnny Eves on the infield training track.

"I think it's in better shape than the main track," Robbins said.

Under jockey David Flores, Johnny Eves worked a half-mile in 48.80 seconds.

"I thought he did it well within himself," Robbins said. "David said he's really relaxed now. He's getting good about that."

Johnny Eves has won 5 of 10 starts, with all of the wins coming in sprints. In his only start around two turns, Johnny Eves was sixth in his career debut over a mile here last April. Robbins insists that Johnny Eves is a different horse than he was back then, and he thinks the San Fernando is a good spot to stretch him out.

"I ran a pedigree on him and it says he should handle two turns," Robbins said of Johnny Eves, a son of Skimming and a Capote mare.

The San Fernando has drawn a field of 12, led by Tiago, the winner of the 2007 Santa Anita Derby.

Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap, rescheduled from last Saturday, has drawn a field of seven, including the stakes winners Arson Squad, Heatseeker, Molengao, and Thousand Words.

Sprint may be too short for import

Sierra Nostra, an eight-length winner of a maiden race in Brazil last April, makes her U.S. debut in an allowance race on Friday, and faces several sharp fillies and mares. The race was originally scheduled for last Sunday.

Trained by Paulo Lobo, Sierra Nostra has made only one start. She joined Lobo's stable last year and has impressed him with her recent training. He cautions, however, that Friday's distance of 6 1/2 furlongs may not be ideal.

"I like this filly," he said. "She won very easily in Brazil. I think in the long term she is going to need more ground."

Lochinvar's Gold and Tizzy's Tune also return from lengthy layoffs.

Lochinvar's Gold has not started since finishing second in an allowance race at Hollywood last May.

Tizzy's Tune, trained by Ron McAnally, has not started since finishing second in an optional claimer last January. McAnally said he thinks that Tizzy's Tune can be effective on Friday. She was rested after sustaining a fracture to a hind leg, he said.

"I think she's fit enough," McAnally said.

Gaines mulls Nashoba's Key's options

Nashoba's Key, unraced since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Monmouth Park in October, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Hollywood on Wednesday, preparing for her 2008 debut later this month.

Trainer Carla Gaines said Nashoba's Key will be considered for the $1 million Sunshine Million Classic against males on the main track on Jan. 26, or the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf over 1 1/8 miles the same day. Both races will be run at Santa Anita.

Gaines said her decision depends on the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic main track.

"I would probably choose the safest surface," she said. "She worked awesome. It was a tremendous breeze."

Nashoba's Key has won 7 of 8 starts, 5 stakes, and $972,090.

More races, earlier post time

Santa Anita has expanded its racing program to 11 races for Saturday and Sunday to make up some of the races lost during the three canceled days last weekend. As a result of the expanded schedule, post time for Saturday and Sunday will be 11:45 a.m. Pacific.

The track lost 28 races over three days last weekend. It is unclear how the remaining races will be made up, according to director of racing Mike Harlow. The possibilities include adding races to weekend programs or requesting additional racing dates from the California Horse Racing Board.