07/13/2006 12:00AM

Brother Derek resumes exercise


Brother Derek, the leading 3-year-old male in California this year, has resumed exercising on the racetrack after being sidelined briefly because of an illness, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

Brother Derek has not started since finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20. He recently recovered from a suspected virus contracted in June, Hendricks said.

A winner of 6 of 10 starts and $1,302,080, Brother Derek has been jogging this week at Santa Anita. Brother Derek is scheduled to be sent to Del Mar with the rest of the Hendricks horses in coming days and will have a workout once he is settled at that track.

"We'll start breezing in another week," Hendricks said.

The recent illness will prevent Brother Derek from starting in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 6. Hendricks has not stated Brother Derek's next start. One possibility at Del Mar is the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes on Sept. 2.

Earlier this year, Brother Derek won the Santa Anita Derby and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby for owner Cecil Peacock.