10/23/2006 12:00AM

Brother Derek Staying home to train


Brother Derek, who finished second to Lava Man in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap earlier this month, will remain at Santa Anita to complete his serious training for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic, rather than ship to Churchill Downs this week for his final work.

On Monday, Brother Derek had his next-to-last work for the Classic when he traveled seven furlongs in 1:26.20 with his regular jockey, Alex Solis.

"The track was a little on the slow side," said Brother Derek's trainer, Dan Hendricks. "He went off easy and then clipped off 12-second furlongs, like he always does."

Hendricks originally had planned on sending Brother Derek to Kentucky this week, but said the uncertain weather in Kentucky, in contrast to the unseasonably warm weather in Southern California this week, forced his hand.

So, Brother Derek will now have his final work either this Sunday or Monday at Santa Anita, then fly to Kentucky next Tuesday, Oct. 31.