11/02/2005 12:00AM

A.P. Warrior in Futurity prep


ARCADIA, Calif. - A.P. Warrior was briefly considered for last weekend's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park until owner Stan Fulton and trainer Eoin Harty decided to remain in California and point the colt for the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 17.

To get to the Grade 1 Futurity, Harty wanted a prep race. He has found an appropriate spot in a $45,000 allowance race over a mile at Santa Anita on Friday. A.P. Warrior will be favored to beat seven rivals.

"They're not going to give [me] the money. I'll have to run for it, but hopefully not too hard," Harty said. "He's very fit and he's certainly ready to run. The goal at the end of the year is the Hollywood Futurity."

The allowance race is A.P. Warrior's first start since a runner-up finish as the favorite to Brother Derek in the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 2. A.P. Warrior closed from seventh, but lost by three-quarters of a length.

, who has shown speed, and City Stormer, who led throughout a maiden claimer here on Oct. 13, are likely to set the pace.

"I want to set behind horses," Harty said. "I think he's good enough."

A.P. Warrior has won 1 of 3 starts. He was sixth in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7 after racing near the front.

Trainer Bob Baffert has two well-regarded starters - Bob and John and Da Stoops - both of whom were stricken by a virus last month. Baffert sees this race as a prep for both colts. "I've got to get a race into them," Baffert said.

Bob and John was entered in the Norfolk Stakes but did not run. Owned by Stonerside Stable,

Bob and John won a one-mile maiden race by 11 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 5 in his second career start. The Hollywood Futurity is a strong possibility for Bob and John.

"My long-range goal for Bob and John is to win the Kentucky Derby with him," Baffert said.

Da Stoops beat statebred maidens in his third start on Aug. 7, going 5 1/2 furlongs. He returned to finished fourth in the six-furlong I'm Smokin' Stakes for statebreds on Sept. 5, his most recent start.

Baffert considered Sunday's California Cup Juvenile over 1 1/16 miles for Da Stoops, but said, "it's a little too far."