05/16/2006 11:00PM

Big step up for Remembering Star

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Scottsbluff needs a break after his world-record run in Monday's Bullet Stakes, his trainer said.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - There will always be a certain attachment at the Mike Mitchell barn to Remembering Star, the 3-year-old colt who makes his stakes debut in Saturday's $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Remembering Star is named in honor of the late Star Over the Bay, a claimer-turned-multiple stakes winner who was euthanized after suffering injuries in a race in Singapore last May.

While Star Over the Bay was best on grass, Remembering Star is a main-track sprinter. By Wild Wonder, he needed four races to win his maiden, but did so in emphatic fashion on April 26, scoring by six lengths at 6 1/2 furlongs.

The race encouraged Mitchell, along with owners Gerson Racing and Burton Smith, to try the Grade 2 Barrera.

Remembering Star disappointed Mitchell when he finished third in a maiden race at Santa Anita on April 8.

"I went home scratching my head, wondering what it was," Mitchell said.

Mitchell added blinkers and had jockey Victor Espinoza send Remembering Star to the front in the April 26 race. Remembering Star finished in a quick 1:15.48.

"I told Victor to stay busy," Mitchell said. "He rode like he was supposed to."

The Barrera is run at seven furlongs, and will not have a large field. The list of probable starters is led by Arson Squad, the winner of the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita on April 9.

Remembering Star's best chance may be from the front. He will be ridden by Aaron Gryder, a replacement for Espinoza, who is booked to ride Platinum Couple in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

"He's going great into this race," Mitchell said of Remembering Star. "I'll give Aaron the same instructions."

Scottsbluff to stretch out, but no spot chosen

Scottsbluff, who set a world record of 1:00.26 for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in Monday's aptly named Bullet Stakes, is likely to stretch out in his next start, though trainer Jeff Mullins said on Wednesday that he is in no hurry to make plans.

Mullins said the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 29 arrives too soon. He said Scottsbluff returned from the Bullet on Hollywood Park's turf course in need of a break.

"You don't want to get in any big hurry," he said.

In the Bullet, Scottsbluff rallied from last in a field of six to win by a half-length over Taikun. He chased fractions of 20.84 seconds and 42.83 after dropping back to last when the front-runners crossed in front of him early.

"When those horses came across in front of him he kind of threw his head out," Mullins said.

Owned by Dennis Weir, Scottsbluff, 4, has won three stakes in his career. He has run in two one-mile races on dirt, finishing second in the 2005 Rattlesnake Stakes at Turf Paradise and fourth in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar last September.

"He's run decent route races," Mullins said.

Buzzards Bay works toward Californian

Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park last month, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.20 on Wednesday, the fastest of 15 works at the distance. Trained by Ron Ellis, Buzzards Bay is being pointed for the $250,000 Californian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on June 17, a prep for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 8.

Your Tent or Mine, the winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes last November, breezed a half-mile in 52 seconds. A 3-year-old trained by Neil Drysdale, Your Tent or Mine has yet to start this year.

King's Drama, who was scratched from Saturday's Jim Murray Memorial Handicap after trainer Bobby Frankel said he was displeased with the weights, breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds. Frankel said King's Drama will be shipped to New York.