Jet West is out of the California Cup Sprint after undergoing an emergency procedure Monday for colic. Winner of the Cal Cup Sprint last year, Jet West went into distress after a routine gallop Monday at Santa Anita. Trained by Ted H. West and his father Ted West, the 5-year-old Jet West was transported Monday to Chino Valley Equine Hospital where he underwent surgery to untwist an intestine.
According to Mary Ellen West, who assists her son and husband, Jet West "was in a lot of pain" after galloping Monday. She said veterinarian Vince Baker recommended Jet West be transported to Chino Valley, where the procedure was performed.
West said Jet West now "looks great," and veterinarians provided an optimistic evaluation partly because major surgery was not required. She said the "next couple days" are crucial to his recovery.
Jet West, owned by Bruce Hochman, has won 7 of 20 races and $553,655, and would have been favored to win the Cal Cup Sprint.
McCann's Mojave may switch races
Trainer Paddy Gallagher said Tuesday he might forsake the $175,000 Cal Cup Mile on turf for McCann's Mojave and enter him instead in the $250,000 Cal Cup Classic, a dirt race he won last year. McCann's Mojave worked seven furlongs Monday; clockers gave him six furlongs in 1:11.60, best of the morning.
"He worked good, he got something out of it," Gallagher said. "He won the race last year, so it might make sense to [run in the Classic]."
A 6-year-old with seven wins and earnings of $559,955 from 20 starts, Gallagher said front-runner McCann's Mojave would run in whichever race suits his style. The Cal Cup Mile already has one confirmed front-runner in Unfurl the Flag, the 121-pound highweight.
Sadler gets 14 Frankel horses
The stakes-winning 4-year-old fillies Seafree and Louvain are two of the 14 horses that Southern California owner Edmund Gann moved this week from trainer Bobby Frankel to John Sadler. Both fillies were stabled in California; Frankel's primary base of operation is in New York. Gann lives in Rancho Santa Fe. Sadler has not previously trained for Gann, but is based year-round in California.
"I'm a firm believer in California as a good place to race, and to train," Sadler said.
Seafree won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes early this year while trained by Frankel; she finished third on Sunday in her comeback in a minor sprint stakes. Seafree has won four races and $273,420 from nine starts. Louvain has won 4 of 11 and has not raced since winning the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Handicap on Oct. 15, 2005.
Zada Belle changing hands
A runaway debut victory by 2-year-old filly Zada Belle sparked the interest of an undisclosed buyer, and trainer Adam Kitchingman confirmed Tuesday the Indian Charlie filly was in the process of being sold.
Originally purchased by William Peeples in March for $95,000, Zada Belle won her Oct. 13 debut by nine lengths, racing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.04 and earning a 98 Beyer. Kitchingman would not disclose the identity of the buyer; he said the filly was no longer in his care.
Dilemma, Notional to clash in Prevue
Dilemma and Notional, two of the most impressive 2-year-olds of autumn, are headed for a Nov. 18 showdown at Hollywood Park. Dilemma won the six-furlong Sunny Slope Stakes on Sunday in 1:09.69, with a 93 Beyer Figure. He may need to run faster to handle Notional in the Grade 3, seven-furlong Hollywood Prevue.
First-time starter Notional blazed six furlongs Saturday in 1:09.09, earning a 105 Beyer Figure that is the highest of the year by a 2-year-old. Doug O'Neill trains Notional for owner J. Paul Reddam. O'Neill's brother, Dennis, purchased the In Excess colt in March.
"When I bought him, I said mile and a half," Dennis O'Neill said. "He's going to love [a distance]."
Dennis O'Neill said Notional would target the Prevue, while Champagne Stakes also-ran Liquidity would look for an allowance race early in the Hollywood Park fall meet.
Although the lofty speed figure earned by Notional would make him the likely Prevue favorite, Dilemma would have an edge in experience. The Sunny Slope was his second straight win from four starts; he has improved each subsequent race.
Trainer Paddy Gallagher said Tuesday that Dilemma would target the Prevue, while Anoakia Stakes winner Berriestoheaven would resurface Nov. 19 in the Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.