10/09/2009 12:00AM

Bench the Judge may give Juvenile a shot


ARCADIA, Calif. Two recent juvenile winners at Santa Anita - Bench the Judge in the California Cup Juvenile and Summer Movie in a maiden race on turf - will be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup later this month.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said Bench the Judge is a candidate for the $2 million BC Juvenile, and trainer Art Sherman is pointing Summer Movie for the $1 million Juvenile Turf. Both races are on Nov. 7.

Bench the Judge has won 2 of 5 starts and $116,322 but has not raced in an open stakes. Owned by Robert Master, he was third in the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park on Sept. 20 in his stakes debut. In the Cal Cup Juvenile at seven furlongs, Bench the Judge won by 1 3/4 lengths, disputing the pace throughout.

"There are a lot of horses that look better than him on paper, but we know he likes the track," O'Neill said. "I think he deserves a chance."

Summer Movie won a one-mile maiden race by a nose Sept. 30 in his second start. Owned by George Krikorian, Summer Movie has earned $25,600 and may need help gaining a berth in the Juvenile Turf over 2-year-olds with stakes experience.

"It's worth a shot," Sherman said. "I talked to George, and he wanted me to look [at the Breeders' Cup]."

Callaghan horses off to California

English trainer Simon Callaghan on Friday said he intends to have a string of horses at Santa Anita this winter and will begin shipping horses to California next month.

Callaghan, who is based in Newmarket, England, said he will have the support of owner Michael Tabor and the partnership of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, who campaigned 2007 English Derby winner Authorized.

Callaghan, 26, said he is in the process of putting together a group of runners to race in California.

"It's sort of a new venture," he said. "We want to give it a good go.

"We're purchasing horses at the moment. It's hard to gauge what horses I'll bring."

Callaghan said Tabor will send to California a few horses who are currently with Irish champion trainer Aidan O'Brien. One such horse is Totally Devoted, who was third in the Fairy Bridge Stakes in Ireland last month.

Callaghan said he will be active at a horses of racing age sale in Newmarket later this month.

"We're literally in the process of making offers on several horses," he said.

Callaghan is in his second full season of training and has had 33 winners this year in England.

"I've got the horses in Newmarket, and they're just ticking over," he said. "I'll be taking them in early November. We'd look to be having runners in January and February."

Injured knee puts Repo on sideline

Repo, a two-time stakes winner in the summer, has been turned out with a knee injury, O'Neill said. She finished last of 11 in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 4.

"She'll get 60 to 90 days," O'Neill said. "There's a little knee issue we need to work on."

Repo has won 3 of 7 starts and $191,322. She won the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park and CTBA Stakes at Del Mar in July.

Another comeback for Square Eddie

Square Eddie is making more comebacks than Brett Favre. In the spring, he recovered quickly enough from a slight fracture to make a belated attempt to run in the Kentucky Derby. He finished third in the Lexington Stakes two weeks before the Derby, but a subsequent fracture to his left front leg necessitated a screw being put in it.

Less than six months later, he's back, trying to make the Breeders' Cup. The combination of surgery, swimming therapy, and treatment in a hyperbaric chamber has enabled Square Eddie to recover quickly, and after a series of promising workouts at Santa Anita, he is returning in the Grade 1, $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes on Sunday.

The six-furlong distance of the Ancient Title seems abrupt for a horse who was second in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile over this track. Depending on his performance Sunday, he could come back in the BC Sprint or the BC Dirt Mile on Nov. 7, his trainer, O'Neill, said.

"Obviously, if he ran huge, that would open up some options," O'Neill said Friday. "But he's always seemed like a two-turn horse."

O'Neill said Square Eddie was able to come back quickly because "we didn't lose a lot of time with him."

"The fracture wasn't bad," O'Neill said. "He was sound to jog, but the leg was sore to palpate. The compression screw helped quicken the process. We took it out after 45 days."

Nine races set for Columbus Day

There is Monday racing at Santa Anita for the Columbus Day holiday. A nine-race program begins at 12:30 p.m. and features two stakes for fillies and mares: the $65,000 Louis Rowan Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs and the $60,000 Swingtime Stakes over a mile on turf.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman