Updated on 09/18/2011 1:31AM

Brother Derek may try turf


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Brother Derek's ambitious fall campaign is about to get even tougher. Fifth as a 22-1 longshot in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Brother Derek will train this week on the Hollywood Park turf course, and may race on grass for the first time Nov. 26 in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.

Trainer Dan Hendricks explained Tuesday that owner Cecil Peacock "wants to explore all opportunities" with Brother Derek by working the colt on grass. If he handles it, the 1o1/4-mile Hollywood Derby will be considered. The surface switch is fuel for cynics. After winning six of his first eight starts, including the Santa Anita Derby, Brother Derek has lost five straight.

Brother Derek was fourth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, fourth in his comeback in a minor stakes at Del Mar, second in the Goodwood, and fifth in the BC Classic. If he does run in the Hollywood Derby, at least Brother Derek will be dropping in class. The race is restricted to 3-year-olds.

"It's hard to tell a guy to pass the last 3-year-old race of the year for $500,000," Hendricks said.

Brother Derek will have a short turf exercise on Thursday, followed by a five-furlong workout Sunday on grass.

Brother Derek is by Benchmark, whose best turf runner was Grade 1-placed A to the Z. Brother Derek's up-front style of running is most effective on dirt. He does not have a quick turn of speed.

"He doesn't when he is breezing along quick on the dirt, but going slower on the turf, he might have it," Hendricks said. "He has an unbelievable turn of foot in his workouts."

Brother Derek has won 6 of 13 starts and $1,533,458, including Grade 1 wins in the Santa Anita Derby and the Hollywood Futurity one year ago.

Frankel targets Turf Festival

Trainer Bobby Frankel returned this week to Hollywood Park with his best stock and no shortage of confidence. He will start live bullets in all three Grade 1's during the Nov. 24-26 Autumn Turf Festival, including three Juddmonte Farms-owned fillies in the $500,000 Matriarch - Grade 3 winner Mirabilis and Group-1 caliber imports Phantom Rose and Price Tag.

Mirabilis has not raced since June. The 4-year-old filly will be making her final career start in the Matriarch. Phantom Rose and Price Tag are 3-year-old fillies shipping from France. Phantom Rose, by Danzig, is out of Frankel-trained Grade 1 winner Honest Lady. Price Tag won a Group 1 this past spring at Longchamp but was disqualified.

Frankel also will start Grade 2 winner Three Valleys on Nov. 24 in the $400,000 Citation, while Grade 3 winner Proudinsky runs Nov. 26 in the Hollywood Derby. Karen's Caper, who would have been favored in the Matriarch, had a chip taken out of an ankle and will miss the race.

On dirt, Frankel is aiming Juddmonte-owned Latent Heat to the Grade 1, seven-furlong Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita. Latent Heat earned triple-digit Beyer Figures in two straight before finishing ninth, with an alibi, in the Perryville Stakes on Oct. 13 at Keeneland.

"He came out of the race sick," Frankel said. "He's going to run in the Malibu, and he will win."

Frankel said the Frank Stronach-owned On Board Again, runner-up in successive Grade 3 races in October, will return in the Strub series at Santa Anita.

Siegel stars will eventually meet

Mace and Samantha Siegel, the father-daughter team that owns Declan's Moon and Arson Squad, hope to make an impact in the handicap division this winter at Santa Anita. Declan's Moon worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 on Tuesday at Hollywood. He returns Dec. 2 for trainer Ron Ellis in the Grade 3, six-furlong Vernon Underwood; Swaps Stakes winner Arson Squad, trained by Bruce Headley, is aiming for the Malibu.

If all goes well, 4-year-old Declan's Moon and 3-year-old Arson Squad will collide in early March.

"Hopefully, they'll meet in the big one," Samantha Siegel said, referring to the Santa Anita Handicap.

It is still a long way off, but since Declan's Moon has recovered from a lung infection "he sure trains like the same horse," Siegel said.

Declan's Moon worked Tuesday at 9:15, cruising through an easy, seven-furlong work by himself. The 2-year-old champion of 2004, Declan's Moon will stretch out to two turns after the Underwood.

Arson Squad continues to train super at Santa Anita and puzzle pedigree analysts.

"He has been such a surprise," Siegel said, citing Arson Squad's sire and damsire. "You see Brahms and Green Dancer and you think grass and later. But he is winning sprints on dirt."

Declan's Moon has won 5 of 7; Arson Squad has won 4 of 8.

Cosmonaut works swiftly

The workout star Tuesday at Hollywood was Cosmonaut, who sizzled five furlongs on Cushion Track for trainer Patrick Biancone in a bullet 58.40 seconds. It was the fastest work of the day.

"He's a Grade 1 horse," Biancone said.

Well, not quite. But he could be soon.

Cosmonaut, a Grade 3 winner who finished fourth in successive Grade 1 races this fall at Belmont and Keeneland, will run in the Grade 1 Citation on Nov. 24. Cosmonaut has won 4 of 18.

Biancone also worked his promising 2-year-old Belgravia five furlongs in 59.80 on Tuesday.

Winner of his debut Oct. 18 at Keeneland, Belgravia runs Saturday in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue and Biancone plans to stretch him out to two turns Dec. 16 in the Hollywood Futurity. Three years ago, Biancone followed the same pattern with Lion Heart, who went from debut sprint win, to Prevue win, to Futurity win. There is one big difference between the horses, however. Lion Heart dazzled speed handicappers winning his debut with a 96 Beyer; Belgravia earned an ordinary 77 Beyer when he won his debut.

Biancone said the 2-year-old filly Her Majesty, 13th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, came out of the race with a bad cut on her rear leg and will not run again until spring. Silver Cup, who disappeared from sight after winning three graded stakes during the 2006 winter meet at Santa Anita, has been retired, he said. Gorella will not run again until spring.