06/13/2006 11:00PM

Your Tent or Mine gone for the year


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Your Tent or Mine, a top 2-year-old at the 2005 Hollywood Park fall meeting, will not start in Saturday's $100,000 Affirmed Handicap because of an injury that had ended any hope of a 3-year-old campaign, trainer Neil Drysdale said.

Drysdale did not elaborate on the nature of the injury but said that Your Tent or Mine would need surgery.

"It's knocked him out for the rest of the year," Drysdale said. "But he'll be fine."

Your Tent or Mine has not started since finishing second to Brother Derek in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity last December. He missed the Triple Crown and the early season preps to those races after suffering an abscess to his right front foot in late winter.

Owned by Anthony Speelman, Your Tent or Mine has won 2 of 3 starts and $173,250. He won his stakes debut last November in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes at seven furlongs.

The absence of Your Tent or Mine will leave the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap with an even smaller than expected field. The race is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Among probable starters are three horses that started in the Kentucky Derby - Point Determined (who ran ninth), Cause to Believe (13th), and A. P. Warrior (18th). Arson Squad, who won the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita on April 9 and was third in the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes here on May 20, is another probable starter. He will make his first start around two turns in the Affirmed.

A Super Frolic breakthrough?

Last fall, Super Frolic won the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup and finished a game fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park. They were two of the finest performances in the horse's career and seemed to indicate that he would have an impact in the handicap division in 2006.

Trainer Vladimir Cerin is still waiting for that to take place. This year, Super Frolic finished eighth in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park in February and ninth in the $6 million Dubai World Cup in the Middle East on March 25.

In the Dubai World Cup, Super Frolic was near the front until the final two furlongs when he faded from contention.

"He got shook up in the paddock," Cerin said. "It surprised me because he's such a level-headed individual. He didn't run his race."

Super Frolic was given a break following his return from Dubai and makes his third start of 2006 in the $250,000 Californian Stakes on Saturday.

Cerin is using the Grade 2 Californian as a prep to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 8, a race his stable won in 2000 with Early Pioneer. Owned by Millennium Farms, Super Frolic may need a start in the Californian. Cerin is worried about Super Frolic's fitness following a spell of missed training last month. Cerin said that Super Frolic suffered a bruised foot after a half-mile workout in late April.

"I don't have him as fit as I'd like," he said. "He needs to move forward and get ready for the Gold Cup."

Cerin has taken other measures to help Super Frolic recover from the Dubai trip.

He has a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at his home near Santa Anita and uses it on some of his horses. Other trainers have also sent horses to Cerin to receive treatment in the chamber. Sessions last more than an hour. The chamber's pure oxygen helps horses to recover from strenuous exercise and some injuries, Cerin said.

Cerin describes the chamber as 10-feet in diameter and 10-feet high.

"It looks like something out of Jacques Cousteau," he said, referring to the late ocean explorer. "It helps horses recover and speed up healing. We tried treating them close to a race and it doesn't help. It seems to make them flat. We stopped within seven days of a race."

Cerin used the chamber himself last month after undergoing knee replacement surgery.

Super Frolic, 6, will be ridden by Jon Court for the first time in the Californian. Court is the seventh different rider for Super Frolic in as many races.

Super Frolic is a stalker. In the 1 1/8 mile Californian, he may chase longshot Ice Cole and Spellbinder, a leading contender who won the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita in February.

Other probable starters are Dixie Meister, Melanyhasthepapers, Preachinatthebar, and Yes He's a Pistol.

Valenzuela hurting, Nakatani ill

Leading jockey Patrick Valenzuela and Corey Nakatani, who was fourth in the standings through Sunday, took off their mounts on Wednesday. Both riders were expected to return on Thursday.

Valenzuela complained of discomfort in a knee after receiving a cortisone shot on Tuesday, according to his agent, Tom Knust.

"It's been bothering him a little bit," Knust said of the knee. "He decided to have a cortisone shot. He didn't know it would be that sore the next day."

Valenzuela was booked to ride six races on Wednesday. Nakatani had one mount on Wednesday after Bear in the Woods was withdrawn from the seventh race. Nakatani was suffering from a stomach flu, according to his agent, Bob Meldahl.

Canani acquires top French runner

Porto Santo, a top 3-year-old in France, has joined trainer Julio Canani's stable and is being pointed for the Del Mar meeting.

Recently acquired by television producer David Milch ("Deadwood"), Porto Santo could make his U.S. debut in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at a mile on turf at Del Mar on July 19. The long-term goal is the $400,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 3.

In France, Porto Santo won the Prix Omnium II Stakes earlier this year and finished sixth in the French 2000 Guineas. Last fall, Porto Santo was third in the Group 1 Criterium International. Porto Santo is a half-brother to Gorella, the multiple stakes winner who won the Grade 2 Just a Game Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont Park last Saturday.