Sardula bound for Ky. Deby or Oaks after win

April 10, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. - Sardula gave notice that she is ready to take on the undefeated Seattle Slew filly, Lakeway, in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks, when she won her season opener yesterday by 8 1/2 lengths in the Santa Paula Stakes.

Sardula stumbled at the start, but recovered and beat Ballerina Gal by 8 1/2 lengths. "Wow, she's like a cat. She fell on her head coming out of the gate, and, I mean, she just sprung back on her feet," said jockey Eddie Delahoussaye. "At the eighth pole, I just chirped to her, and boy, she just took off again."

Sardula is owned by Jerome Moss, chairman of the board of A & M Records, and is trained by Brian Mayberry. Lakeway is headquartered at Santa Anita along with Sardula. Lakeway won her last start on March 20 in the Santa Anita Oaks. Her trainer, Gary Jones who has nominated her to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks ` has indicated that if some of the top colts fail to make it to Louisville, he will consider running the filly in the Derby. She is owned by Mike Rutherford of Houston.

Desormeaux still in front

Kent Desormeaux was disappointed yesterday when his Santa Anita Derby mount, Soul Of The Matter, was scratched from the race because of a heel blister.

"It's out of my control. The trainer has to do what's best for the horse," Desormeaux said. "But I can tell you this: The horse is good as anyone out there and I wouldn't trade rides with anyone."

Desormeaux is the runaway leader in the jockey standings at the current Santa Anita meet, which ends April 25. He leads Gary Stevens and Alex Solis by more than 15 wins.

Dick Mandella, trainer of Soul Of The Matter, said that if the horse improves dramatically in the next couple of days, he could run on Saturday in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course (Lexington, Ky.) against Holy Bull and Valiant Nature. "If not, he'll go April 22 in the Lexington Stakes [also at Keeneland]," Mandella said.


D.M. (Speedy) Smithwick Jr., trainer for Jack Kent Cooke, said that Cooke's Triple Crown nominee, One Beat Tempo, is being reserved for grass racing. Cooke's San Fernando Stakes winner, Zignew, is recovering from a broken cannon bone.

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