ARCADIA, Calif. -- The Santa Anita Derby lost one starter, Wild Invader, yesterday and could lose another one, Maryland-sired Soul Of The Matter, today.
Trainer Bobby Frankel officially scratched Wild Invader yesterday and said he is making shipping arrangements to run the son of Seattle Slew, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, next Saturday in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
Dick Mandella, trainer of Soul Of The Matter, said it's 60-40 that his horse, owned by composer Burt Bacharach, will not start.
Soul Of The Matter galloped two miles yesterday and looked good, but "he developed a little skin blister on his pastern from a bell boot I put on to protect his quarter crack [in his left front foot]," Mandella said. "It is a little tender to the touch. If I don't like the way it looks [today], I won't run him."
Mandella said it usually takes a couple of days "for something like this to heal, and thinking that it will be OK today is probably wishful thinking. I don't want to run him and have something more serious happen. I did one thing to help one injury and ended up causing another."
A bell boot is a heavy plastic bandage that fits over a horse's foot and prevents the horse from grabbing its heel. "I did it as a precaution to keep him from tearing the quarter crack patch," he said.
Mandella added that if he scratches Soul Of The Matter he will run him instead in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland Race Course April 22. "That would give him two weeks before the Kentucky Derby," Mandella said.
He said that Soul Of The Matter bled after his last start when he won the San Felipe Stakes and will run on Lasix in his next race, either today or at Keeneland.
Hooray for Hollywood
The Triple Crown preps this year are loaded with Hollywood connections.
Santa Anita Derby favorite Brocco is owned by motion picture magnate Albert Broccoli, who produced 27 films, including all the James Bond movies. Soul Of The Matter is owned by Bacharach, the well-known songwriter. And Powis Castle, second in the Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park last Saturday and bedded down at Churchill Downs, is owned by Berry Gordy of Motown Records fame.
Sardula, second to Phone Chatter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race at Santa Anita last fall, makes her 1994 debut today in the Santa Paula Stakes. She is scheduled to run next in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. . . . Mandella also trains Arcangues, upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic. The horse is nominated to the Pimlico Special but won't be ready to run in the May 14 stakes.