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Updated on 09/18/2011 12:21AM
Brother Derek the target now
ARCADIA, Calif. - Brother Derek may have been the best 3-year-old colt in California even before Monday, but when Stevie Wonderboy was injured, it left Brother Derek alone at the top. That will not change until at least March 4, when Brother Derek runs in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes.
"It's lightened up out here," said trainer Dan Hendricks about the 3-year-old division, "but they're out there. There are too many good horses and trainers in California." If they are going to knock off the division leader, they will have to do it in Brother Derek's backyard.
"We're set for the Santa Catalina," Hendricks said. "He's here, he loves this track, so why leave?"
Brother Derek worked a half-mile Sunday, and Hendricks said Brother Derek would train barefoot "for a few days." Since last summer, it has been standard practice for Brother Derek to train without shoes. He has won 4 of 6 and is unbeaten around two turns.
Harty not giving up on A.P. Warrior
A.P. Warrior is not off the Derby trail yet. Despite his fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on Jan. 29 at Bay Meadows, A.P. Warrior's trainer, Eoin Harty, said Tuesday, "I still believe in this horse. I was looking for an excuse, had him nuclear-scanned, and was amazed to find absolutely nothing."
A.P. Warrior, runner-up to Brother Derek in the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes last fall, runs best when he uses his speed, and is likely to use it when he runs next.
"He obviously resents being taken back," Harty said.
A.P. Warrior was even-money in the El Camino, but got rank while being rated and stayed in virtually the same position the entire race to finish fourth, nearly nine lengths behind winner Cause to Believe. Harty said A.P. Warrior will work this week and get another chance March 4 in the Santa Catalina. He will need a new rider, however, since Alex Solis is booked to ride Brother Derek in that race.
Folklore unworked since Santa Ynez
Folklore will be conspicuous by her absence from the Las Virgenes Stakes on Saturday. The champion 2-year-old filly of 2005, Folklore has not worked since finishing third in her comeback Jan. 16 in the Santa Ynez, a race that trainer Wayne Lukas said "stressed her a little more than I would have liked." Lukas said Folklore would be back on the work tab this week.
"She puts so much into her mornings that even if I never worked her I could probably run her," Lukas said, referring to Folklore's strong gallops. "We're working to slow her down. We're trying to get her to relax a little bit more because the [upcoming] races are all going farther."
Folklore has never raced two turns; the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on March 12 is 1 1/16 miles. The field for the one-mile Las Virgenes is expected to include Balance, Dance Daily, Diplomat Lady, Itty Bitty Pretty, Talullah Lula, and Wild Fit.
Your Tent or Mine eyes March return
Hollywood Futurity runner-up Your Tent or Mine is another high-profile 3-year-old without a workout since his last start, on Dec. 17, but trainer Neil Drysdale said Tuesday that Your Tent or Mine is training regularly and aiming for a March comeback.
"No setbacks," he said. "He's cantering, galloping on a daily basis."
Your Tent or Mine won the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue at seven furlongs before finishing second behind Brother Derek in the Hollywood Futurity. Drysdale said Your Tent or Mine would resume breezing in the middle of this month. Really Indian, Drysdale's promising colt who won his debut around two turns Jan. 25 with a 90 Beyer, worked six furlongs Tuesday at Hollywood Park in 1:15.80.
Don't count Super Frolic out yet
A subpar effort Saturday by Super Frolic does not necessarily knock him out of the upcoming handicap races. Super Frolic was scheduled to return midweek from Gulfstream Park, where he was unable to handle the sloppy track and finished eighth, beaten 24 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Super Frolic was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
"I don't think he liked the surface," said Cerin. "He was struggling with it and was really tired after the race. We'll evaluate his condition, and see if we want to go in the Santa Anita Handicap or the Dubai World Cup."
Super Frolic was purchased privately by Ro Parra last summer and transferred to Cerin. His win in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup was the first graded stakes of his career, and the 108 Beyer Speed Figure he earned in the BC Classic marked the first time in his 32-race career that he earned triple-digit Beyers in three consecutive starts.
Santa Maria favorites pursue firsts
In Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 , Healthy Addiction and Hollywood Story will be the 117-pound co-topweights and will both try to do something for the first time - Healthy Addiction seeks her first Grade 1, and Hollywood Story seeks her first win at a track other than Hollywood Park.
A small field is expected for the Santa Maria, and the one to catch is Star Parade, who tries to rebound from a 10th-place finish on grass in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap.
"It was an unusual race," said trainer Darrell Vienna. "She needs it more her own way on turf."
Star Parade was forced to go head and head and weakened into the lane. Saturday, she is back on her preferred surface.
"She's doing well," Vienna said. "She acts like she's really on her motor."
Martin Pedroza rides Star Parade at 116 pounds. Garrett Gomez rides Hollywood Story, and Victor Espinoza rides Healthy Addiction.
Too Much Bling works fast six
San Miguel Stakes winner Too Much Bling turned in the fastest six-furlong work of the morning Tuesday (1:10.40). Trained by Bob Baffert, he will run seven furlongs Sunday in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds. Baffert will also send Sinister Minister.
Another Baffert trainee earned the bullet for five furlongs. Pussycat Doll worked in 1:00 and runs Sunday against Play Ballado and Proposed in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies.