02/22/2006 12:00AM

Brother Derek gives team a scare

Super Frolic will skip the Santa Anita Handicap and be pointed to the Dubai World Cup instead. He is scheduled to work on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Brother Derek emerged unscathed, apparently, from an unexpected adventure Wednesday morning that began as a routine gallop. It was 8:30 when Brother Derek pulled up next to a pony and reared as if he wanted to mount the pony.

When Brother Derek's exercise rider pulled him away, the colt's rear end slipped from under him and he nearly flipped over.

"He kind of sat down on his hind quarters, and got right back up," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "The rider never turned him loose. It was as smooth as something like that could happen, and no big deal."

It is news, however, when it happens to the leading 3-year-old in California. Fortunately, Brother Derek appeared happy and content after the incident. He was walked around the stable while Hendricks fed him carrots and contemplated the attention being focused on one of the country's leading Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

"You realize how nice it is to be bothered, rather than not be bothered at all," Hendricks said.

Brother Derek is scheduled to work six furlongs Thursday morning and will run March 4 in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes.

And don't forget these two

Hendricks could have three stakes starters on the March 4 Santa Anita Handicap card. In addition to Brother Derek in the Santa Catalina, he could have Top This and That meeting High Limit in the Big Cap, and Runaway Dancer making a comeback in the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile.

Top This and That finished second to High Limit in the Strub Stakes last out; Runaway Dancer has not raced since October and would use the Kilroe strictly as a prep.

"He's not a miler, but last year we did it and came back and won the Jim Murray," Hendricks said.

Runaway Dancer used a fourth-place finish last year in the one-mile Arcadia Handicap as a warm-up to a 17-1 upset in the Grade 3 Jim Murray at 1 1/2 miles.

Super Frolic remains Dubai-bound

Super Frolic's international travel plans have not changed despite an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4. Trainer Vladimir Cerin said Wednesday that Super Frolic will skip the Santa Anita Handicap and make his next start March 24 in the $6 million Dubai World Cup.

"After his last race, I wanted to regroup," Cerin said, adding that it would be too much for Super Frolic to run in both the Big Cap and Dubai. "I want to prepare him as well as we can, and have him fire his best shot [in Dubai]."

Super Frolic emerged last fall as one of the top handicap horses in the country and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, beaten less than three lengths. Cerin said the 6-year-old's disappointing effort in the Donn was partly because of the wet track. Winner of the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup in September, Super Frolic is scheduled to breeze Sunday at Santa Anita. Cerin said no rider has been chosen for Super Frolic.

Meteor Storm to race, not breed

Citing a lack of interest from breeders, trainer Wally Dollase said Grade 1 winner Meteor Storm will forsake retirement and return to race at age 7. Meteor Storm developed into one of the nation's leading turf horses the past two years, winning the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap in 2004 and three Grade 2's, including the W.L. McKnight in his most recent start Dec. 17 at Calder. Meteor Storm was scheduled for retirement after that race and was shopped around as a stallion prospect.

"We had no takers, so we decided to race him this year," Dollase said.

A son of Bigstone, Meteor Storm has seven wins and earnings of more than $1.3 million from 24 starts. Dollase said Meteor Storm was not likely to make his first start of 2006 until his stable returns to Kentucky in spring.

Three Degrees has inflamed foot

Grade 2 winner Three Degrees was scratched from the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on Monday because of heat and inflammation in her right foot, and is in a holding pattern until trainer Paddy Gallagher is certain she is fine. Gallagher said the swelling subsided, but "it was something new, something unknown, so we're just checking to see if she's okay."

Three Degrees won the Honeymoon Handicap last summer at Hollywood Park, and was second in the Del Mar Oaks.

Gallagher also scratched Cal Cup Classic winner McCann's Mojave from a weekend stakes, skipping the Sensational Star Handicap on Sunday when the race was moved from turf to dirt. McCann's Mojave worked five furlongs on turf Wednesday in 1:00.80 and will be considered for the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile on March 4.

Gallagher's stable has come to life. He started the winter meet 1 for 40, but going into Wednesday had won with 5 of his last 26 starters.

"The last month I've had a few horses get blocked, stopped, or draw 12 of 12, but this week, it seems things went my way instead of the other way," he said.

Gallagher has two entered on the Friday card, Overton Cruiser in race 6 and Janzig Moon in race 8.

Behaving Badly picks up weight

Behaving Badly was assigned 120 pounds for the Grade 3, six-furlong Las Flores Handicap on Saturday, five more than she carried Jan. 29 when she won the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths. Predictably, trainer Bob Baffert was not thrilled with the racing office.

"They're telling the owner, and me, we don't want you to run your horse here," Baffert said.

But despite the weight, Baffert said Behaving Badly would start.

"There is no place else to run," he said.

Behaving Badly has won 5 of 7 starts, and will enter the Las Flores off successive wins in which she earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure. Among possible starters are Thrilling Victory, 115; Awesome Lady, 114; and Mazella, 113. The second highweight is Hot Storm at 118, but she is not expected to run.