Updated on 09/17/2011 11:40PM

Big goals for Brother Derek


ARCADIA, Calif. - Irish Bar will be a deserving favorite for trainer Dan Hendricks on Saturday in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile, while the best California-bred 2-year-old trained by Hendricks will aim for a bigger pot next month. Brother Derek, a creditable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday, runs next in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 2, or the Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 17.

"He proved he could run with the big dogs," Hendricks said of the Breeders' Cup. "I think he will move up quite a bit going two turns; some of the others might not."

Brother Derek previously won the Grade 2 Norfolk. "We'll look at the Delta Downs Jackpot and Hollywood Futurity short-term, and long-term, more nice paydays," Hendricks said.

Hendricks will have three starters Sunday in California Cup stakes - Gateway to Glory winner Irish Bar in the Juvenile, and Sorority Bid and Respectful in the Juvenile Fillies. He also starts Top This and That in a starter allowance.

Diamond Omi ill after Breeders' Cup

Diamond Omi had a proper alibi for finishing last in the BC Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

"She came back sick; she had a 104 temperature [Monday]," the trainer said. "It must have affected her, because she got over that track nice."

Upset winner of the Grade 2 Oak Leaf Stakes in her previous start, Diamond Omi had been slated to try grass in the Grade 3 Miesque on Nov. 26 at Hollywood. But with that track's cancellation of turf racing, Baffert will point her to the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 18.

Flip Flop gets some time off

Grade 1-placed Flip Flop has a chance to develop into a top grass mare next year for trainer Ben Cecil and owner Gary Tanaka, and with no turf racing at Hollywood this fall, she will enter winter as a fresh mare.

"Now I have a good opportunity to give her a break," Cecil said Tuesday, three days after Flip Flop finished 12th in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. "I think it was too much, too soon."

Flip Flop, who finished second behind Megahertz in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon, returned Monday to Cecil's stable at Santa Anita and will race next year as a 5-year-old. Meanwhile, the Cecil-trained Bond Deal makes her second U.S. start Saturday in the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Bond Deal pressed the pace and finished last in her U.S. debut Aug. 10 at Del Mar.

"She was right off the plane, and she was just flat," Cecil said.

Super Frolic has Classic excuse

Super Frolic's fourth-place finish in the BC Classic was better than it looks. A 69-1 longshot, he stumbled badly at the start and grabbed his right quarter and pastern. Trainer Vladimir Cerin said it looked like Super Frolic went through a meat grinder, but he does not expect the setback to prevent another start this fall.

"We'll get him healed up and ready for the Japan Cup Dirt," Cerin said.

Winner of the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Sept. 24, Super Frolic is expected to race next year at age 6.

"I would recommend [to owner Ro Parra] that we race him next year," Cerin said.

Super Frolic has made three starts since Parra purchased him this summer - fifth in the Pacific Classic, a winner at Hawthorne, and fourth in the BC Classic.

Healthy Addiction not a traveler

No more road trips for Healthy Addiction. The 4-year-old filly finished last in the BC Distaff on Saturday.

"She just doesn't ship," trainer John Sadler said. "I ran her once up north and she ran horrible. She's just a horse that's going to have to stay home."

Sadler said that Healthy Addiction, winner of the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Handicap at Santa Anita, will skip the Hollywood fall meet and point to the stakes series for fillies and mares this winter at Santa Anita, where she has never finished worse than second. Healthy Addiction has won 6 of 15.

Elusive Diva's plans disrupted

Even if Elusive Diva wins the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap on Saturday, it will be a bittersweet victory for her connections. The entire focus of her fall campaign had been on the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park, and the cancellation of Hollywood turf racing gives her nowhere else to run this year.

"It really screws us up," trainer Mark Glatt said.

Elusive Diva, a Grade 3 sprint winner, might have been sold with the idea that her new owners would run her in the Matriarch. The status of that deal is uncertain due to the Hollywood turf situation. Elusive Diva has won 6 of 14, and will be among the favorites in the Las Palmas at one mile on grass.

* Desert Boom will be the 122-pound starting highweight in the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Saturday since Lava Man (125) will skip the race. Grade 1 winner Dream of Summer (124) is the highweight for the $150,000 Cal Cup Matron, and Moscow Burning (122) tops the $100,000 Distance Handicap.