Olmodovar, Tizbud Work for San Fernando
by Margaret Ransom
Date Posted: 1/5/2003 9:19:02 PM
Last Updated: 1/7/2003 1:52:38 PM

Wertheimer Farms' Olmodovar and Cee's Stable's Tizbud were both confirmed to run in next Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) after working over Santa Anita's main track Sunday morning. Both lightly raced colts will be making their stakes debuts in the 1 1/16-mile main track affair.

Tizbud, a six-length maiden winner at Hollywood Park on Nov. 14, went seven furlongs in 1:25 2/5, handily, easily the fastest of the three workouts at the distance. Regular rider Victor Espinoza is scheduled to be back in the irons Saturday, trainer John Sadler said.

Olmodovar, an easy winner by three lengths in a seven-furlong dirt sprint at Hollywood Park on Dec. 13, was clocked in "a minute," by trainer Richard Mandella although track clockers assigned the colt an official time of 1:00 3/5, handily, for five furlongs. Alex Solis, who will be aboard the son of A.P. Indy for the San Fernando, was in the irons for the work.

Across town at Hollywood Park, fellow San Fernando possibility Tracemark went 1:00 1/5, handily, for trainer Craig Dollase. The stakes-winning colt finished second in his last start, a 1 1/16-mile main track allowance race at Hollywood Park Dec. 20.

Probable for the San Fernando: Castle Gondolfo, no rider; Century City, no rider; Ocean Sound, no rider; Olmodavor, Alex Solis; Pass Rush, Corey Nakatani; Puerto Banus, no rider; and Tizbud, Victor Espinoza.

Among the other notable names on Sunday's worktab was Wooden Phone, the winner of the 2001 Strub Stakes (gr. II) who hasn't raced since winning the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) exactly a year ago. In his first published work in nearly a year, the Bob Baffert-trained son of Pick Up the Phone logged three furlongs in an easy :37 4/5, handily, under exercise rider Dana Barnes at Santa Anita. No start has been picked out yet for the six-year-old.

Former claimer and Grade I Malibu Stakes winner Debonair Joe went a half-mile in :48 4/5, handily, in preparation for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 25.

Fellow California-bred Continental Red, the winner of the Dec. 7 Great State Challenge Classic at Sam Houston, logged five furlongs in 1:00, handily, at Hollywood Park for trainer Ian Jory. He is expected to ship to Gulfstream Park for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic.

Grade 1 winner Affluent, nominated to the grassy San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. II) next Saturday, went six furlongs in 1:15, handily. Trainer Ron McAnally hasn't decided if the versatile 5-year-old will start next on the turf or dirt.

De Francis Dash (gr. I) hero D'Wildcat drilled a bullet :59 4/5 over a firm turf course. The five-year-old is expected to turn back up on the dirt, however, in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) on January 26.

Goodwood Handicap (gr. II) hero Pleasantly Perfect earned the bullet for six furlongs Sunday when clockers caught the lightly raced five-year-old in 1:12. Trainer Richard Mandella indicated Pleasantly Perfect will turn up next in the Feb. 2 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II).

Irish trainer Dermot Weld, who sent Dress to Thrill in from Europe to win the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood on Dec. 1, upsetting Golden Apples and Banks Hill, plans to ship Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle to Santa Anita for the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (Gr. I) on closing day, April 20

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