06/20/2007 11:00PM

Brother Derek won't race until 2008


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Brother Derek, sidelined since February after undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from an ankle, will be pointed for a 2008 campaign and will not race again this season, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

The winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby and four other stakes in his career, Brother Derek has not started since finishing third in the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita in February. He was found to have the bone chip prior to a scheduled start in the Santa Anita Handicap in March.

After the surgery, Hendricks said that Brother Derek could return in the fall, with the newly created Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park in October as a goal. Those plans have been canceled, he said Wednesday.

"We'll give him extra time off and have him fit for a 2008 campaign," Hendricks said. "We'd be rushing to run at the end of the year. We'll have a good, fresh horse, sound and ready to run in 2008 as a 5-year-old."

Owned by Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek has won 6 of 16 starts and $1,593,458, but is winless in eight starts since the 2006 Santa Anita Derby. During that span, he was fourth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Hendricks and Peacock are hoping that Brother Derek can start in the 2008 Breeders' Cup, which will be run at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. Brother Derek is recovering at Ballena Vista Farm in San Diego.

"Giving him four months off is good and six months will be better," Hendricks said. "We're in no hurry."

Bob and John to pass on Gold Cup

Bob and John, the winner of the Lone Star Park Handicap last month, will not start in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on June 30. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was unsatisfied with the way the 4-year-old colt worked on Hollywood Park's synthetic main track on Wednesday.

Baffert said that Bob and John could start in the $300,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 30, but that plans were not definite.

Bob and John worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 on Wednesday and was not among the 11 nominees for the Grade 1 Gold Cup, run at 1 1/4 miles.

"I pulled him out [of the nominations] so no one could talk me into running," Baffert said. "I didn't like the way he worked on it."

Baffert said jockey Aaron Gryder worked Bob and John at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, and said Bob and John works better on a conventional dirt surface. Santa Anita has a dirt surface until next month, when it is scheduled to install a synthetic surface with the same Cushion Track material that is used at Hollywood Park.

The absence of Bob and John leaves the Gold Cup with seven probable starters, led by two-time defending champion Lava Man. Other contenders are A. P. Arrow, A.oP. Xcellent, Big Booster, Molengao, My Creed, and Wilko.

Awesome Gem opts for allowance

The Gold Cup field will not include Awesome Gem, the winner of the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita in January. A 4-year-old gelding, Awesome Gem will be favored in the seventh race at Hollywood Park on Saturday, an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer Craig Dollase said he is using the allowance race as a prep to the $300,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 21. Awesome Gem made one start in the spring, finishing second in an allowance race here May 26.

"Where he's at right now, I'd rather take the other route," Dollase said, explaining the start in the optional claimer over the Gold Cup. "We'll take advantage of our conditions."

Awesome Gem has five opponents, including He's the Rage, who was re-claimed for $80,000 on May 17 by Ted H. West. The horse was claimed away from West in March.

Rapid Silver loses purse money

The purse of a maiden claimer run at Santa Anita in March has been ordered redistributed after race winner Rapid Silver tested in excess of the permitted level of carbon dioxide, according to a ruling issued by Santa Anita stewards on Thursday.

Rapid Silver won the six-furlong race by 4 1/4 lengths as the even-money favorite.

Rapid Silver had a total carbon dioxide level of 38.4 millimoles per liter of blood, in excess of the permitted level of 37 millimoles. Owner David Landeros was ordered to forfeit the first-place purse of $10,200, and the purse of the race was redistributed to the owners of the original second- through sixth-place finishers - Famous Flash, Brite Shadow, Six Again, Ballistic Hero, and Apollo's Scat.

Excess amounts of carbon dioxide are thought to give horses more stamina and reduce fatigue.

Jorge Alcala, who trains Rapid Silver, was fined $3,000 as part of a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board, according to steward Scott Chaney.

Famous Flash was entered in a maiden claimer on Sunday, but will not be allowed to start in that race since his connections were awarded the winner's share of the purse from the March race, Chaney said.

* Wednesday's pick six, which began with a $183,033 carryover from Sunday, paid $5,193.20 to 151 ticketholders. Bettors added $1,079,540 to the pick six pool on Wednesday.