Monday, August 14, 2006
Nakatani will ride Foxysox in Oaks
By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form
DEL MAR, Calif. -- Foxysox will have a new jockey in the Grade 1, $400,000 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday, when she attempts to win her fourth stakes of 2006.
Trainer Carla Gaines said on Sunday that Corey Nakatani will replace Alex Bisono on Foxysox. Bisono rode Foxysox to four wins in her first six starts. He is the only jockey to ride Foxysox since she arrived from England last fall. Foxysox finished sixth in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 2.
"We just decided to make a change," Gaines said, declining to elaborate on the switch.
Nakatani was scheduled to return to riding Monday after a weeklong absence caused by a bacteria-related infection that left him hospitalized last week.
The Del Mar Oaks is led by Attima, the winner of the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park and the San Clemente Handicap here last month. Foxysox was second in the Honeymoon Handicap.
Other probable starters are Arravale, Charming n Lovable, Sol Mi Fa, Soothsay, and Take the Ribbon.
Trickey Trevor tunes up
Trickey Trevor, who is expected to start in the Grade 2, $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sunday, worked a half-mile in 49.20 seconds on Monday morning at Del Mar for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
A seven-furlong race, the Pat O'Brien is expected to match Declan's Moon, the champion 2-year-old male of 2004, and Siren Lure, who won the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Del Mar.
Trickey Trevor was fourth in the six-furlong Bing Crosby Handicap last month. Battle Won, who finished third in the Bing Crosby, is also expected to return in the Pat O'Brien. Jack Carava, the trainer of Bing Crosby winner Pure as Gold, said a decision on whether to run Pure as Gold in the Pat O'Brien was to be made Tuesday.
My Miss Storm Cat returns
My Miss Storm Cat has had six starts spaced over two years, but when she is right, she is one of the best female sprinters on the West Coast. In Wednesday's third race at Del Mar, My Miss Storm Cat returns to action in a $75,000 optional claiming race at six furlongs, in which she figures to be favored for the sixth time in seven starts.
My Miss Storm Cat has won 4 of 6 races. In her only previous start at Del Mar, she returned from a 13-month layoff to win a first-level allowance race last summer. In her most recent start, on May 28, she captured the Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 111.
My Miss Storm Cat had been under consideration for the Grade 3, $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on Friday, but trainer Bob Baffert decided to go in an easier spot.
"She's been plagued by quarter cracks," Baffert said at his barn Monday morning. "I was thinking of running her in the Rancho Bernardo, but I thought she might be short for 6 1/2 furlongs. Six furlongs is better."
Horse Greeley eyes Del Mar Futurity
Horse Greeley, who beat maidens in his second start on Saturday, is bound for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 6, trainer Richard Mandella said.
Horse Greeley led throughout a maiden race at 6 1/2 furlongs, winning by four lengths in 1:17.75. Ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., Horse Greeley ($6.40) led by a head on the backstretch and pulled clear through the stretch. He drifted to the inside in early stretch when responding to Arroyo's whip.
"He ran a little green," Mandella said. "We've never hit him before, because he's such a good work horse."
Mandella did not witness the race; he was traveling from Chicago, where The Tin Man had won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park earlier in the day.
Horse Greeley is owned by breeders Ray and Martha Parfet.
Fatalities reach dozen
It's Who You Know, a 3-year-old colt, became the meet's 12th fatality after he broke his left front sesamoids and fetlock midway through Sunday's first race, a 6 1/2-furlong race for $40,000 maiden claimers.
Of the 12 fatalities, eight have come during races in the afternoon, four during morning workouts.
It's Who You Know was the 9-5 favorite in the race, his first in a maiden claimer. He was trained by Doug O'Neill, for whom It's Who You Know had made his three previous starts, all in maiden special weight races on the turf. He began his career by making two starts for trainer Greg James.
Garcia gets seven-day suspension
Jockey Martin Garcia, who through Sunday was second in the jockey standings, has been suspended seven days for careless riding in the ninth race at Del Mar on Saturday, the fourth time he has been suspended for that infraction at this meeting.
Garcia has amassed 20 days of suspension this meeting. Earlier in the meeting, he was served with a three-day suspension and twice with five-day suspensions. He has not served any of the days, having launched the appeal process on the first three suspensions.
Garcia received a more severe suspension this time because of the accumulation of penalties, according to steward Scott Chaney.
In Saturday's ninth race, Garcia finished second aboard Awesome Gambler, but was disqualified and placed eighth for causing interference to Frank the Barber in early stretch.
Sunday, Garcia said he was not sure whether he would launch an appeal on the latest suspension, pending discussions with his agent, Roger Olguin. The latest suspension is scheduled to begin on Sunday and continue until Aug. 27.
Olguin said that Garcia has been surprised by the suspensions.
"They've scared him now," Olguin said of Garcia's reaction. "He doesn't ride with confidence."
- additional reporting by Jay Privman