12/30/2005 12:00AM

All 7 statebred Grade 1 winners scheduled to return in 2006

Proud Tower Too wins the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Get ready for an encore. The seven California-breds that won Grade 1 races in 2005 are scheduled to race in 2006.

The presence of Brother Derek, Dream of Summer, Greg's Gold, Lava Man, Leave Me Alone, Proud Tower Too, and Unfurl the Flag in 2006 major stakes could further raise the profile of the state's breeding program.

The latest addition to the group is Proud Tower Too, who pulled an upset in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. Proud Tower Too, a Proud Irish colt, was making his graded-stakes debut, having beaten statebreds in the On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park in December.

Although no plans have been finalized, Proud Tower Too could start in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.

"I always hoped he would develop into something special and he has," trainer Sal Gonzalez said.

The California-bred whose form will be most scrutinized in coming months is Brother Derek, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 17. Trainer Dan Hendricks and owner Cecil Peacock are hoping that Brother Derek can develop into a Kentucky Derby starter.

By Benchmark, Brother Derek is a candidate for the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes over a mile at Santa Anita on Jan. 14.

Greg's Gold, 5, and Unfurl the Flag, 6, are not in training. The winners of Grade 1 sprints during the summer, they are expected back in February.

Greg's Gold, who is by Lake George, won the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar for owner-breeder Bill Boswell and trainer David Hofmans. Greg's Gold had surgery to remove a bone chip from a knee in the fall.

"He has recovered quite well," Hofmans said. "I would say we will start back in the middle or end of February."

Unfurl the Flag won the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park in July, but lost his next three starts, including a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh in October.

Trained by David Bernstein, Unfurl the Flag could return to Santa Anita within a month, Bernstein said.

"We turned him out," Bernstein said. "He seemed a little sour and body sore. I go out and look at him every week or 10 days."

Two of the seven statebred Grade 1 winners- Dream of Summer and Leave Me Alone- were females.

The highlight of Dream of Summer's campaign was a win in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park. She won two more stakes later in the year - the Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park and the California Cup Matron.

Owned by breeder James Weigel and trained by Juan Garcia, Dream of Summer breezed a half-mile in 49.40 seconds at Santa Anita on Friday. Garcia said she will make her next start in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream on Jan. 28.

Leave Me Alone won the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga in July. Trained by Eric Kruljac for Steven Mitchell, Leave Me Alone was scheduled to run in Saturday's $250,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. She is by Bold Badgett and was bred by Old English Rancho and partners.

Lava Man earned $774,103 in 2005, with most of those earnings coming from a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup in July. He later finished third in the Pacific Classic but was well beaten in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont and the Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo Racecourse in the fall.

Friday, Lava Man breezed a half-mile at Hollywood in 49.60. Lava Man may start in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 28 "if we can get lucky and make it," trainer Doug O'Neill said.