04/06/2010 11:00PM

Blind Luck to keep usual routine


ARCADIA, Calif. - The familiarity of training in Southern California will keep the star 3-year-old filly Blind Luck at Santa Anita until the days approaching the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30.

Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said Blind Luck will follow a schedule on Kentucky Oaks week similar to that of last week, when she was shipped to Oaklawn Park on Tuesday, was galloped there on Wednesday and Thursday, and raced on Friday, winning the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes.

"We'd like to get the same schedule for Oaks week," Ward said. "That's perfect."

Blind Luck has won five graded stakes since early October to emerge as her division's leader. She has won 6 of 9 starts and $1,069,050. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and was third in the Santa Anita Oaks.

Blind Luck was sent to California on Monday and returned to the racetrack on Wednesday for a morning jog. Ward said Blind Luck is tentatively scheduled to have three workouts at Santa Anita, on April 11, 17, and 23, before traveling to Churchill Downs.

Bejarano looks a lock for title

Jockey Rafael Bejarano, the regular rider of Blind Luck, had a nearly insurmountable 23-win lead in the jockeys' standings through Sunday. The Santa Anita winter-spring meeting ends on April 19.

With the exception of riding major stakes in the spring, such as the Kentucky Oaks, Bejarano will be based in California this spring and summer, according to his agent, Jose Ferrer.

"We're going to stay here and ride," Ferrer said. "If we can dominate here like we have, we'll stay. If I can do $15 million a year with this jockey here, I'm not going to go anywhere."

Through Sunday, Bejarano led the nation's jockeys with earnings of $3,782,963 this year. In 2008, his mounts earned more than $16.4 million, a figure that dropped to $11.9 million last year when he missed nearly two months in the late summer because of injury.

Through Sunday, Bejarano, 28, had 85 wins at the winter-spring meeting, easily leading Joel Rosario (62) and Victor Espinoza (50). Bejarano has won nine stakes, leaving him one shy of Rosario, the leader in that category.

Ferrer said that Bejarano does not have a definite mount in the Kentucky Derby. Bejarano rode Setsuko to a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, but Setsuko may not have sufficient graded stakes earnings to gain a spot in the Kentucky Derby field on May 1.

Misremembered getting freshening

Misremembered, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap last month, may not start again until June, trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday.

In late March, Baffert pulled Misremembered from consideration for the Oaklawn Handicap, which was run last weekend, saying that recent races had taken a toll on the horse. Wednesday, Baffert said the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12 or the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park on July 10 could be possible comeback spots.

"After that last race, he got a little light on me," Baffert said. "I don't want to do too much. I want him ready for the Breeders' Cup. I'm going to freshen him up. We've sort of misremembered him."

The Breeders' Cup is run at Churchill Downs in November. Owned by Baffert's wife, Jill, and George Jacobs, Misremembered has won 5 of 11 starts and $1,188,589.

Baffert said the Misremembered will remain at Santa Anita this spring, and will not be part of a group of horses from his stable who are bound for Churchill Downs in coming weeks. The traveling group will include top Kentucky Derby contender Lookin At Lucky as well as Tiz Chrome, who has not started since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes here in February.

Tiz Chrome is a candidate for the $200,000 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 24, Baffert said.

Sidney's Candy leaving next week

Sidney's Candy, the front-running winner of the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, will leave for Kentucky next Tuesday and have two works at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 1 Kentucky Derby, trainer John Sadler said Wednesday.

"I want to cover all the bases," Sadler said. "I want to give him some time over that track. That'll give him plenty of time to get acclimated."

Sidney's Candy has made all his starts on synthetic surfaces, either at Del Mar or Santa Anita. He has won three straight stakes races at Santa Anita, ranging from the seven-furlong San Vicente to the Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles.

The travel and training schedule for Sidney's Candy mirrors that of Lookin At Lucky, who finished a troubled third as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. Lookin At Lucky also is scheduled to fly to Kentucky on Tuesday and also is scheduled for a pair of workouts at Churchill Downs, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman