Trainer Richard Mandella is planning to enter two Brazilian-bred horses in the 1 1/8-mile Californian Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 15, Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Redattore and recent optional claiming race winner Investor's Dream.
Investor's Dream was Brazil's champion 2-year-old colt of 2001, the year in which he won the Grande Premio Juliano Martins (Brz-I) in his juvenile finale last June. In two subsequent races after turning three last July, he finished second in the Grande Premio Ipiranga (Brz-I) and 10th in the Grande Premio Jockey Club de Sao Paulo (Brz-I), both won by Roxinho. The latter race, run at a distance of just under 1 1/4 miles, was his first attempt at a race of one mile or longer.
After nearly seven months off, he returned in early May to win a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Mandella at Hollywood Park. Mandella thinks the son of Spend a Buck will handle the switch to the main track.
"He acts like he's better on the dirt, and he won over there (Brazil) on the dirt," said Mandella.
Investor's Dream won a maiden race on a muddy course while making his racing debut, then finished second in a group III stakes race on a fast dirt track before switching to turf racing.
Like Investor's Dream, Redattore began his racing career in Brazil, where he won the Grande Premio Presidente da Republica -- Taca Caixa Econmoica Federal (Brz-I) and three other stakes races. Since coming to Mandella's barn, Redattore has raced primarily on turf, but he did notch a win in the San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) in his first race of 2002.
Others pointing for the Californian include Bosque Redondo, Milwaukee Brew, Momentum, and Lethal Instrument.
Mandella will send out a third Brazilian-bred in a stakes race that day. He is also preparing Cagney for a run in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT). Also headed for the Whittingham are Skipping, Denon, Continental Red, Ringaskiddy, Sarafan, and Night Patrol.