06/20/2006 11:00PM

Brother Derek targets Haskell


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Brother Derek, the top 3-year-old male in California this year, is being pointed for the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 6, trainer Dan Hendricks said on Wednesday.

Brother Derek finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May and resumed training last weekend after being given a one-month break.

Hendricks said the Grade 1 Haskell is an attractive goal because a Grade 1 win at a track outside of California could enhance Brother Derek's value at stud. His five stakes wins have come in California.

"It'd be nice to win," Hendricks said of the Haskell. "For standing at stud, it would make a huge difference to the farms that are interested in him."

Hendricks said that his backup plans are two $100,000 stakes at Del Mar - the Real Good Deal Stakes for California-breds on Aug. 11 and the El Cajon Stakes on Sept. 2. The long-term goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

Owned by Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek has won 6 of 10 starts and $1,302,080. Brother Derek underwent a battery of physical tests following his fourth in the Preakness and was found to have suffered no injuries.

"He's happy, just what we wanted with four weeks of not going to the track," Hendricks said.

The Haskell is run at 1 1/8 miles. Sinister Minister, the winner of the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in April, and Sweetnorthernsaint, the winner of the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne in April, are being considered for the race.

No CashCall for Karen's Caper

Karen's Caper, a stakes winner in England who was second in two major stakes last year, will not start in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on July 1 after trainer Bobby Frankel expressed concern about the condition of the Hollywood Park turf course.

Frankel said that Karen's Caper has been sent to his New York stable and is being pointed for the $500,000 Diana Handicap at Saratoga on July 29. Owned by Stonerside Stable, Karen's Caper, 4, has won 2 of 9 starts and $312,143. She was second by a nose in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last fall.

Karen's Caper has yet to start for Frankel. She was previously trained by John Gosden in England.

The decision to send Karen's Caper to New York will leave Frankel without a starter in the CashCall Mile.

Frankel said that King's Drama, the runner-up in the Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 10, and a maiden "have pulled up bad" after racing on the turf. Hollywood Park's turf course has played very quick at this meeting, producing a world record of 1:00.26 for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza said a substitute invitation to replace Karen's Caper has not been finalized, pending discussions with the owners of European-based horses.

Frankel plans to have two starters in Saturday's $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap on turf - Dream Lady and Eternal Melody.

Dream Lady was second to CashCall Mile hopeful Cambiocorsa in the Wishing Well Stakes on May 26. Dream Lady, 4, was supplemented to the Grade 2 Beverly Hills for $3,000 last weekend.

Eternal Melody was second in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita in April but fifth in the Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes here on May 29.

The Beverly Hills Handicap is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf for fillies and mares. The race will have a large field, including Cissy, Dalicia, Immortalite, Moscow Burning, Live Life, Memorette, Sohgol, and Tanta Suerte.

Moscow Burning, the winner of two stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year, is the 121-pound topweight.

Hollywood Story has two options

The Grade 2 Beverly Hills will not include Hollywood Story, a 5-year-old mare trained by John Shirreffs. Hollywood Story will make her next start in the CashCall Mile or the $300,000 Vanity Invitational Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the main track on July 2.

Hollywood Story was fourth in the Gamely, finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Shining Energy, the likely favorite in the CashCall Mile. Shirreffs said a decision on which race will be chosen will be made next week.

"The distance is fine for either race," Shirreffs said. "I'd say it's 60-40 for the CashCall, because she's run well on the turf and I'd like to keep her on the turf. If it looks too tough, we'll go for the Vanity."

Owned by George Krikorian, Hollywood Story has won 3 of 23 starts and $943,105. Regardless of which race she tries next week, it will be her 23rd consecutive appearance in a graded stakes. Her last win came in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap in May 2005.

Hollywood Story has yet to win on turf but did finish third on grass in the 2004 American Oaks.

Sweet Way unhurt after being kicked

Sweet Way, a well-bred filly trained by Shirreffs, escaped injury on Sunday when she was kicked by a pony in the post parade before a maiden race.

Sweet Way was vanned off after the incident but suffered only a minor wound. By Giant's Causeway out of the stakes-winning mare Sweet Life, Sweet Way resumed racetrack training on Wednesday.

"It missed the tibia by an inch and a half and it got her mostly in the muscle," Shirreffs said of the kick. "It didn't break the skin."

Owned by Marty and Pam Wygod, Sweet Way could start before the conclusion of this meeting on July 16.

Chinese Dragon has chip surgery

Chinese Dragon, a four-time stakes winner in 2005, is out of training after undergoing surgery recently to have a bone chip removed from his right front ankle, trainer Bob Hess Jr. said.

A winner of 6 of 11 starts and $348,492, Chinese Dragon has placed in two major stakes this year, finishing third in the Kilroe Mile in March and second in the Arcadia Handicap in April.

Chinese Dragon will be pointed for the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in October, Hess said.