'Time' questionable for Breeders' Sprint


ARCADIA, Calif. -- Gilded Time, unraced since winning the 1992 Juvenile, took an important positive step toward this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint, working six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 yesterday at Santa Anita.

Despite the fast work, trainer Darrell Vienna still has not made up his mind about starting the colt Saturday.

"He worked faster than we wanted him to," said assistant trainer Greg Otteson. "We were looking for a few ticks less. We haven't made up our minds as to whether he'll run or not. We'll see how the horse is Tuesday."

* Feels at home: Chris Antley makes his debut Wednesday as a regular California rider. He's listed to ride six races at Santa Anita and appears to be off to a good start after leaving the New York circuit.

* Tough on turf: Bobby Frankel, the leading trainer in the country in money earned, ripped the Santa Anita turf course yesterday, saying it's not in good condition.

"It's sandy, it's loose and it's not working," he said. "It's the worst. They should cut it and roll it."

Frankel predicted European shippers will have a difficult time handling the course, putting them at a major disadvantage.

Frankel could dominate the Classic with three starters, but one, Marquetry, is coming into the race with an odd problem. He has some swelling in his face.

"A swollen face five days before the races doesn't put you in a good mood," said Frankel. "It's a bump and I don't know what caused it. Maybe it was a cut in his mouth. We're treating it with salt water and hot compresses on his face."

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