01/08/2009 12:00AM

Zenyatta goes for light jog


ARCADIA, Calif. - Winter vacation ended on Wednesday for Zenyatta, the nation's leading older female.

Undefeated in nine starts and a candidate for the 2008 Horse of the Year title, Zenyatta jogged about a mile at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. It was her first main-track exercise since winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 24.

The same race in November is the long-term goal for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs. How she will reach that race is unclear, Shirreffs said. Wednesday, he was content to see Zenyatta back to work.

"She jogged once [around the track] with the pony," Shirreffs said. "She was fine."

Last year, Zenyatta was unbeaten in seven starts, all stakes. She won four Grade 1 races and three Grade 2 races, ranging in distances from 1 1/16 to 1o1/8 miles. A 5-year-old by Street Cry, Zenyatta has earned $2,144,580.

Zenyatta may not return to racing until the spring, possibly at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting. Shirreffs emphasized that she will not be rushed back into racing, and will began galloping when she shows signs of wanting to do more than jog.

"We don't want to overdo it," he said.

Tiago tunes up for San Antonio

Tiago, third in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25 in his last start, worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, preparing for a start in the $200,000 San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 8, Shirreffs said.

A 5-year-old horse, Tiago won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park last year, the fourth stakes win of his career.

Tiago's 3-year-old half-brother, Galayo, has been turned out for 90 days because of an injury, forcing him off the Triple Crown trail, Shirreffs said.

"It's a minor thing," Shirreffs said.

Like Tiago, Galayo is a half-brother to Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner owned by the Mosses and trained by Shirreffs.

Tizfiz will try main track in Santa Maria

The absence of Zenyatta from the upcoming major stakes for older females at Santa Anita has influenced plans for Tizfiz, the ex-claimer who won last Sunday's Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap.

Even though she has thrived on turf, Tizfiz will make her next start in the $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on the main track on Feb. 14, trainer Rafael DeLeon said.

"Zenyatta's not running," DeLeon said. "I think it's worth a chance. That's the race I have in mind."

DeLeon has also circled the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap for fillies and mares over a mile on turf on Feb. 16 as a possibility.

Tizfiz has won two consecutive stakes since being claimed for $50,000 here in October.

Fiddlers Afleet eyes San Rafael

Fiddlers Afleet, second to the highly regarded Haynesfield in the Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct last month, has been bought privately by Marc Ferrell, trainer John O'Hara said on Wednesday.

Fiddlers Afleet had his first workout in California on Tuesday, going six furlongs in 1:13.60. O'Hara said Fiddlers Afleet will be pointed for the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes over a mile on the main track on Jan. 17.

"He acts like a really nice horse," O'Hara said.

The San Rafael is the first major test for 3-year-olds at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

A New York-bred, Fiddlers Afleet has won 1 of 7 starts and has not been worse than third, earning $89,155.

Mr. Rod needs extended rest

Mr. Rod, the winner of the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park in November, has been taken out of training with a leg injury, trainer Dan Hendricks said. Hendricks did not specify the exact nature of the injury.

"It was a little chip, that's all," he said. "We turned him out for awhile. He's got a little problem and will need some time. He'll get four months off."

The setback will prevent Mr. Rod from playing a role in the Triple Crown buildup.

Mr. Rod has won 2 of 6 starts and $125,755. He was second in the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park in September in his stakes debut.

Pletcher pair uncertain for San Pasqual

Trainer Todd Pletcher entered the stakes winners Ball Four and Cowboy Cal for Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap. A decision on whether they will start will be made closer to race day, according to assistant trainer Michael McCarthy.

There is a chance both could start, or neither, McCarthy said.

Cowboy Cal, second in the Hollywood Derby on turf in November, is considered a candidate for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March. 7. Cowboy Cal could run in the San Pasqual or the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes, which is restricted to 4-year-olds, on Jan. 17.

The San Fernando is a prep for the $250,000 Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds on Feb. 7.

"I think [Todd] likes the timing of the San Pasqual, the Strub, and the Big Cap," McCarthy said.

Cowboy Cal finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby in his most recent start on the main track. He was second by a neck to stablemate Monba in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland last April.

Ball Four does not have a substitute race next weekend. His next opportunity in a major stakes at Santa Anita would be the San Antonio Handicap.

"If he's going to run, it would have to be this weekend," McCarthy said.

The San Pasqual drew a field of 12, and is led by Well Armed, the 121-pound topweight. Trained by Eoin Harty, Well Armed was ninth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 25, but won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap and Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes in the second half of 2008.

Slew's Tizzy, the winner of the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park last month, drew the outside post.

- additional reporting by Brad Free

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated where Zenyatta won her graded stakes last year. She won six of them in Southern California and one - the Apple Blossom - at Oaklawn Park, not all seven in Southern California.