01/28/2011 6:07PM

Baffert comebackers eye Santa Anita Handicap

Barbara D. Livingston
Mythical Power may be pointed to the Santa Anita Handicap following a comeback win.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Bob Baffert may have two runners for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 5 in Thursday winners Mythical Power and Game On Dude.

Both horses returned from layoffs to win optional claimers. Mythical Power won a seven-furlong race by 1 1/4 lengths in a quick 1:20.12, his first start since October. Last spring, Mythical Power won the Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

Game On Dude closed from fourth, despite a wide trip, to win a race over 1 1/16 miles by 1 1/4 lengths in a quick 1:40.77. Thursday’s race was his first since a fourth in the Belmont Stakes last June.

“They were both training lights out,” Baffert said. “We want to move them up the ladder. The plan is to get them both to the Big Cap.”

The Big Cap is run over 1 1/4 miles. Baffert won the race in 2010 with Misremembered, who has not started since that race because of recurring injuries. Misremembered worked a half-mile in 49.60 seconds at Hollywood Park on Thursday, his fourth workout since returning to training in the fall.

Reba Is Tops will end career in Wishing Well

Reba Is Tops, who rose from a $17,500 claimer at Emerald Downs in 2007 to become a four-time stakes winner in California, makes her final start in Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes on the hillside turf course.

Going out a winner will be difficult for Reba Is Tops, a 7-year-old mare trained by Mark Glatt. She is part of a field of nine that includes the well-regarded French import Givine, who placed in two stakes last spring and summer.

Reba Is Tops is a stalker, who could be ideally placed if Hallelujah Trail, Southern Fireball, and Well Deserved take their customary places near the front.

“I think there is a lot of speed in there, and that helps,” Glatt said.

Glatt said Reba Is Top will be bred to the Kentucky-based stallion Broken Vow this year. Reba Is Tops has won 13 of 28 starts earned $408,629.