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Dimitrova an Early Arrival for Breeders' Cup

Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner Dimitrova arrived in Southern California late Wednesday night from New York and was safely bedded down in barn 68 at Santa Anita to begin preparations for her next start in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 25.

Domestic Dispute May Try Turf at Oak Tree

Grade II winner Domestic Dispute may make his turf debut in the Oct. 5 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT), trainer Paddy Gallagher said. The 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song last finished ninth in the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) in his first start since the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Turf Start Considered for Joey Franco

Grade I winner Joey Franco worked six furlongs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday in preparation for a start over the Oct. 4-5 weekend. It was part of a very busy morning at the Arcadia, Calif. oval as it prepares for the Oak Tree meeting that begins Sunday.

Ambulance Firm Says Pincay Declined Aid

The general manager of the ambulance company threatened with a lawsuit by an attorney for jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. says the Hall of Fame rider declined assistance following the accident at Santa Anita that ended his career.

Melbourne Cup Not in Puerto Banus' Future

Puerto Banus, who won the 1 1/2-mile Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park in June, will not be the first North American-based runner to start in the Victoria Racing Club's Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) on Nov. 4 at Flemington Racecourse.

Ten Most Wanted Turns in Robust Work

Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Ten Most Wanted was put through his final pre-Super Derby (gr. II) drill on Friday at Hollywood Park, logging five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 handily over a fast main track. The move was easily the fastest of the 17 clocked at five-eighths on the day.

Stevens Has Collapsed Lung, Agent Says

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens suffered a collapsed lung but no broken bones in Saturday's fall, when he was run over by a trailing horse after the finish of the Arlington Million (gr. IT), according to Steven's theatrical agent.

Injured Riders Improve, Likely to be Released

Three jockeys injured in Monday's five-horse pileup in the fourth race at Del Mar continued to show improvement Wednesday. Jockeys Anthony Lovato and Jose Silva could be released from Scripps La Jolla Hospital Thursday to recuperate from back injuries at home

Buddy Gil Has Second Knee Surgery

Desperado Stables' grade I winner Buddy Gil will not be returning to trainer Jeff Mullins' Del Mar base this week as expected after undergoing another surgery to remove a chip from his knee, the conditioner revealed.

No Horse Park for Kona Gold, Headley Says

Champion sprinter Kona Gold, who was retired after a fifth-place finish in the July 26 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, will not be sent to the Kentucky Horse Park to join the Hall of Champions there, trainer Bruce Headley said.

Smoking Bluesthestandard Aims for BC Sprint

Jeffrey Sengara's grade 2 winner Bluesthestandard, the third-place finisher in last week's Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), blew out with a bullet three furlongs in :34 at Del Mar Sunday in preparation for his next probable start in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 7.

Ten Most Wanted Works in Blinkers for Travers

Grade II winner Ten Most Wanted worked for the first time since his runner-up finish in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, logging a bullet half-mile in :47 4/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning . Trainer Wally Dollase caught the son of Deputy Commander in :11 for the final eighth.

Baffert Has Options for During, Needs Rider

James McIngvale's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) hero During will likely make his next start in either the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr.I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3, the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga on the same day or the $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 9, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Golden Apples to Make 2003 Debut in Mabee

Trainer Ben Cecil reported that Gary Tanaka's champion Golden Apples is set to make her 2003 debut in Saturday's John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar. The Irish-bred daughter of Pivotal received a 122-pound impost for Saturday's 1 1/8-mile turf event, one less than high weight and likely favorite Tates Creek.

Jockey Gomez Bailed out of Jail

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who was arrested in Riverside County, Calif., on July 3 for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as for a failure to appear violation from a previous arrest in Los Angeles County, was released from custody early Friday morning after posting $20,000 bail.

Jockey Gomez Arrested on Drug Charges

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who was arrested in Riverside County, Calif., on July 3 for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as for a failure to appear violation from a previous arrest in Los Angeles County, was released from custody early Friday morning after posting $20,000 bail.

Tates Creek to Surface in Del Mar's Mabee

Juddmonte Farms' homebred millionaire Tates Creek, who was withdrawn from last week's Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, will likely make her next start in the John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar on July 26, according to Humberto Ascanio, trainer Bobby Frankel's California-based assistant.

Trainers Consider Boycott over Workers' Comp

Southern California Thoroughbred trainers waking up to workers' compensation insurance increases effective July 1 are planning to meet Tuesday at Hollywood Park to consider a possible boycott of the entry box to get the attention of track management and the state legislature.

Bullet Grass Work for Santa Catarina; American Oaks Next

Bob & Beverly Lewis' grade II winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 handily over the turf course at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old filly was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 and change.

Maturing Ten Most Wanted Drills for Swaps

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted continued toward his scheduled start in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park with a five-furlong work in :59 1/5 over the Inglewood, Calif., oval's fast main track on Thursday morning.

Passinetti Rested After Tendon Injury Flares

Gary Tanaka's San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner Passinetti has been taken out of training and will be rested for an indefinite amount of time, trainer Ben Cecil said. The 7-year-old gelding re-injured the same tendon that kept him out of training for three years.

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