02/12/2008 12:00AM

Bob Black Jack staying home for San Felipe


ARCADIA, Calif. - If six-furlong world record holder Bob Black Jack is able to stretch his speed two turns, it will be in his own back yard. Trainer Jim Kasparoff said Tuesday that the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 15 at Santa Anita is the likely next start for Bob Black Jack, instead of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on March 8 at Bay Meadows.

"The El Camino would be okay timing-wise, but if I can avoid a ship that would be good," Kasparoff said.

Both races are at 1 1/16 miles. Bob Black Jack scored his third win from five starts Jan. 26, covering the six furlongs in 1:06.53 over a rock-hard surface in the Sunshine Millions Dash. The win set him back only slightly.

"He came back with a little bit of a hot foot," Kasparoff said. "I walked him four days, it ran its course, and it went away."

Bob Black Jack worked a half-mile Sunday in 48.40 seconds, and is scheduled for another breeze on Sunday.

Kasparoff said a start in the San Felipe might preclude Bob Black Jack from running three weeks later in the Santa Anita Derby. Kasparoff prefers at least a month between starts. "If we do go in the San Felipe," he said, "then I might look at a race out of town."

Bob Black Jack is owned by Kasparoff's brother, Tim, and Jeff Harmon.

The San Felipe may also attract San Vicente winner Georgie Boy and Robert B. Lewis winner Crown of Thorns.

Nikki'sgoldensteed's next also bears watching

The likelihood Bob Black Jack will stay home is good news for Nikki'sgoldensteed, who threatens to become a top 3-year-old and rapidly emerged as a leading candidate for the El Camino Real. After a maiden sprint win on Jan. 11 at Santa Anita, Nikki'sgoldensteed shipped to Arizona and scored a resounding win Saturday in the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby. He won the 1 1/16-mile race by 5 3/4 lengths while earning a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

Bob Hess Jr. trains Nikki'sgoldensteed, a son of Formal Gold owned by Gary Spencer and Matthew Lomas. Runner-up to Bob Black Jack in a maiden race last summer at Del Mar, Nikki'sgoldensteed was given time off after he popped a splint, finished third in his comeback, and has since reeled off two strong wins.

"He didn't beat much in either race, but you can't hold that against him," Hess said. "He's the kind of horse that will grind you to death; he'll run a mile and a half."

Hess said Nikki'sgoldensteed will be nominated to two races on March 8 - the El Camino Real, and the $250,000 Gotham at Aqueduct.

San Pedro winner Gayego works a half

San Pedro Stakes winner Gayego worked a half-mile Saturday, his first work since winning the 6 1/2-furlong San Pedro Stakes on Jan.o20 by 2 3/4 lengths with a 102 Beyer. Although the El Camino Real is increasingly likely for his first start around two turns, trainer Paulo Lobo said no decision has been made.

"It's going to be two turns in March, but we haven't decided yet" where he will run, Lobo said.

Idiot Proof gets feel of Turf Paradise track

Santa Anita-based Idiot Proof shipped last weekend to Turf Paradise, and worked a blistering half-mile in 44.60 seconds over that track Monday in advance of the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup on Saturday.

"That's the type of track he likes; he got a hold of it," trainer Cliff Sise said.

Idiot Proof, winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, drew post 6 of 9 in the Phoenix Gold Cup.

Owned and bred by Marty Wygod, Idiot Proof is using the Turf Paradise race as a prep for the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 29 in Dubai. Sise said that despite the fast workout by Idiot Proof, "after 20 minutes he was bucking and playing."

Briecat takes to Arizona

Turf Paradise apparently has become an increasingly popular destination for Santa Anita-based horses from all divisions. The 3-year-old filly Briecat, winner of her debut Jan.o4 at Santa Anita, won the $75,000 Arizona Oaks on Sunday by 1 3/4 lengths. Owned by David and Holly Wilson, and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Briecat earned an 86 Beyer Figure. She is now 2 for 2 and will run next in either the China Doll Stakes on turf March 1, or the Santa Anita Oaks on the synthetic main track on March 8.

The Cerin-trained Leonides, runner-up by a nose in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile, could ship to Turf Paradise for the $50,000 Palo Verde Stakes on Feb. 25.

"I would rather run here," Cerin said, but he has been unable to find a suitable allowance race. Leonides has not raced since finishing a close fourth to Georgie Boy in the Del Mar Futurity.

Upcoming highweights

Greg's Gold is the 119-pound highweight for the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap on Saturday. He is expected to face Johnny Eves and Surf Cat (118 each) in the seven-furlong main-track sprint.

Wait a While was given top weight (123 pounds) for the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on Monday, but a half-mile workout Sunday in 49 seconds was her first recorded breeze since she won the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap on Jan. 14. Wait a While is expected to pass the Buena Vista.

Boxcar payoffs on Monday's exotics

The Monday card at Santa Anita included carryovers in the pick six and Super High Five, and generated bomber payoffs. The sole winning ticket in the $2 pick six was sold at Los Alamitos and returned $668,690.80. There were two winning tickets in the $1 Super High Five on race 9, each worth $121,172.10. The tickets were sold at Los Alamitos and Bay Meadows.

And finally, there was only one winning ticket in the pick three on races 3-5. The winning $1 payoff was $41,828.80.

* Derby Trial Stakes winner Flying First Class has not raced this year at age 4, but his younger half-sibling is revving up for her debut. Flew First Class, a filly by Royal Cat out of Flying in Style, worked a bullet half-mile Tuesday at Santa Anita in 45.80 seconds.