06/04/2006 11:00PM

Brother Derek to take a break

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The Swap Stakes on July 8 comes up too soon for Brother Derek.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Brother Derek, the Santa Anita Derby winner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is being given a month-long break and will resume racing during the Del Mar meeting this summer, trainer Dan Hendricks said on Sunday.

The top 3-year-old in California this year, Brother Derek passed a battery of physical tests last week, including a nuclear scan, Hendricks said.

"It's good with a nice horse to find there is no underlying problem," Hendricks said of the nuclear scan.

Hendricks said Brother Derek will pass the $350,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 8.

"He's had two weeks off and we're trying to map out a schedule," Hendricks said. "We don't have anything set in stone. To run July 8, I've got to put him right into training with two weeks off. I'd like to give him three or four weeks and then press on to November. I want to give him ample time."

Hendricks has the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November as a long-range goal. At Del Mar, there are limited opportunities for 3-year-olds on dirt. The lone open stakes of the meeting for the division on dirt is the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes at a mile on Sept. 2. If Brother Derek starts against older horses, the opportunities include the $250,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 22 and the $1 million Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 20.

"I'm not going to say what I'll look at," Hendricks said.

Owned by Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek has won 6 of 10 starts and $1,302,080.

Squallacious set for Oaks

Squallacious, the undefeated winner of two sprints, is on course to make her stakes debut in Sunday's $150,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks, trainer Mike Puype said. The race comes just 11 days after Squallacious won a first-condition allowance race at seven furlongs on May 31.

Puype said that Squallacious returned to the track on Sunday and that he will monitor her training this week before deciding whether to start.

"I'll check her energy and see how she's doing," Puype said. "I'll have to see negative stuff to not do it. It's better than 50-50 that we'll run."

The Grade 2 Hollywood BC Oaks, run at 1 1/16 miles, will be led by the stakes winners Bettarun Fast, and She's an Eleven. Chosen Royalty and Downthedustyroad are other probable starters.

Whittingham coming up strong

Lava Man, the winner of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap and two other stakes this year, and King's Drama, the winner of the San Luis Rey Stakes in March, will share top weight of 122 pounds in Saturday's $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.

The Grade 1 Whittingham, run at 1 1/4 miles on turf, will draw a strong field. The other candidates are Artiste Royale, Fourty Niners Son, Runaway Dancer, Sweet Return, and T.H. Approval.

Mullins loses two talented runners

Sweet Fourty, the winner of the Sunland Park Oaks in April, was injured in a workout on Sunday, and has been retired, trainer Jeff Mullins said. Mullins said he is hopeful that she can be bred.

Sweet Fourty worked six furlongs in 1:18 on Sunday. It was her first workout since finishing last of five in an allowance race against fillies and mares on turf on May 18. Owned by Michael House, Sweet Fourty won 3 of 8 starts and $210,160.

The injury is the second setback in the Mullins barn in recent weeks. Mullins said that Scottsbluff, the winner of the Bullet Stakes on May 15 in world-record time of 1:00.26 for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, has been turned out with a fractured cannon bone.

Silent Name may go to Kentucky

Silent Name, third as the favorite in the Grade 1 Shoemaker BC Mile on May 29, may have a busier summer than originally scheduled.

Trainer Gary Mandella said Silent Name is a candidate for the Firecracker BC Handicap at Churchill Downs on July 1. Before the Shoemaker, Mandella had considered waiting for a race in September with Silent Name.

"I thought it would be hard on him, but it didn't take that much out of him," Mandella said of the Shoemaker Mile.

The winner of the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in April in his American stakes debut, Silent Name finished two lengths behind Aragorn in the Shoemaker Mile.

"He ran well but he didn't run his A-plus race," Mandella said.

The BC Mile at Churchill Downs in November is Silent Name's long-term goal.

Stratham needs ankle surgery

Stratham, the winner of two stakes for 3-year-olds on turf this spring, is expected to miss the rest of the year because of a bone chip in an ankle, trainer Tim Yakteen said.

Stratham is scheduled to undergo surgery this weekend and will be out for 90 days.

"It's a small piece at the front of the ankle," Yakteen said.

The injury will prevent Stratham from starting in the lucrative turf races on this circuit in the second half of the year. He is expected to return for the 2006-07 Santa Anita winter meeting.

"In the middle of the 3-year-old campaign, with the turf stakes coming up, it's a hard-luck scenario," Yakteen said. "He should come back as good as he left."

Owned by Jerry Jamgotchian, Stratham has won 4 of 11 starts and $193,993. He won the La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita in April and the Will Rogers Stakes here last month.

* Jennie Green, 25, saddled her first winner with Intelligent Male ($6.40) in Sunday's fourth race, a route for $10,000 claimers. Green launched her six-horse stable last fall. Intelligent Male was her 10th starter this year.