ARCADIA, Calif. -- Stevie Wonderboy, the champion 2-year-old male of 2005, has returned to training at Hollywood Park after undergoing surgery in November to have a bone chip removed from his right front ankle, trainer Doug O'Neill said Thursday.
While Stevie Wonder-boy has not started in more than a year, O'Neill is hopeful that the 4-year-old will return to racing in the spring.
"This is not over," he said. "We'll miss the first quarter of the year, but he looks fantastic. He'll tack-walk for a few weeks and then he'll start jogging."
Owned by Merv Griffin, Stevie Wonderboy has not started since finishing second to Brother Derek in the San Rafael Stakes in January 2006. At 2, Stevie Wonderboy won 3 of 5 starts and $1,058,940. His campaign was highlighted by wins in the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park.
After finishing second in the San Rafael in his first start of 2006, Stevie Wonderboy suffered a hairline condylar fracture that kept him out of the Triple Crown. The recent bone chip was found in the same leg.
"I think he can make it back," O'Neill said. "Merv has been so patient."
Wild Fit dies from colic
Wild Fit, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in 2005, died last month after a bout with colic, trainer Patrick Biancone said Thursday. Wild Fit was in training at Hollywood Park when she was stricken.
A winner of 2 of 10 starts and $555,079, Wild Fit finished fourth in the Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs in November in her final start.
At the time of her death, she was owned by Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor. They bought Wild Fit for $3 million at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
For most of her 2-year-old season, Wild Fit was owned by Murray Smith and Brewer Racing Stable and trained by Jeff Mullins.
Revved Up out of Millions
Revved Up, the winner of three consecutive stakes, was not sent to Santa Anita for Saturday's $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf because of a sore foot, trainer Christophe Clement said Thursday.
"He came back lame from training on Tuesday morning," Clement said. "He was sore in the left front foot. I did not feel comfortable shipping a horse with a sore foot."
Clement was hopeful that Revved Up could return to training at the Payson Park training center in Florida this weekend.
Revved Up would have been a leading contender in the Turf, a race led by multiple stakes winner Lava Man.
Revved Up has won 17 of 34 starts and $1,294,803. He has won his last three starts, including the Bonnie Heath Turf Classic at Calder in November. Clement said he was eager to try Revved Up in a tough race on Saturday.
"He's an amazing horse that tries his best," Clement said. "It would have been nice to have been ambitious."
DQ may have prevented carryover
Singalong was promoted from second to first in Wednesday's $80,400 Tuzla Handicap following the disqualification of Conveyor's Angel, the longest shot in the field at 45-1.
The disqualification may have prevented a three-day pick six carryover of more than $2.4 million.
Only one favorite won during Wednesday's pick six, which included four horses that paid more than $10. There were six winning tickets worth $405,251.
Singalong ($9) finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Conveyor's Angel, who was ruled to have fouled 2-1 favorite Movie Star in midstretch. Conveyor's Angel was demoted to seventh place.
Singalong was also steadied behind Conveyor's Angel in early stretch when racing in seventh. Singalong rallied wide late to finish a half-length ahead of Dream's and Charm the Giant, who finished in a dead heat for third and were moved up to second.
"She was good to finish second after getting checked really bad," said Singalong's trainer, Paddy Gallagher. "She did run a winning race."
Singalong, Dream's and Charm the Giant are expected to return for the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap on Feb. 19.
Jockey Saul Arias, who rode Conveyor's Angel, was suspended for the first three days of February for causing interference.
Stewards fine Avila, Sadler
Trainer A.C. Avila has been fined $750 by Santa Anita stewards after River Savage, one of his starters, was found to have an excessive amount of the analgesic Butazolidin in a postrace urine sample taken following a victory in an allowance race at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 25.
Trainer John Sadler has been fined $500 after failing to report to racing officials that the first-time starter Our Papa Joe was a gelding before the sixth race on Jan. 13. Our Papa Joe, who finished fourth, was listed in the program as a colt.
Pick four moved for Millions
Santa Anita will offer a $1 pick four on its Sunshine Millions stakes Saturday, the second through fifth races on the 10-race program.
Santa Anita typically offers a pick four on the first four races, but has pushed that bet back by one race to promote the races between California-breds and Florida-breds. A second pick four will take its customary position on the final four races.