03/26/2008 11:00PM

Brother Derek's comeback must wait


ARCADIA, Calif. - The comeback of Brother Derek has been postponed.

Trainer Dan Hendricks said on Thursday that Brother Derek was to be scratched from an allowance race at Santa Anita on Friday after the 5-year-old developed a quarter crack in a front hoof. Brother Derek had not been officially withdrawn when early scratches were announced on Thursday morning.

The injury was detected on Thursday morning after Brother Derek galloped, Hendricks said. The affected foot will be treated. Unraced since February 2007 because of a bone chip in an ankle, Brother Derek is expected to return to racing next month, Hendricks said.

"It's silly to wait a year and run and to have a small problem become a big problem," Hendricks said. "It's disappointing, but when you've waited a year we can wait a year and two weeks. It will take two or three days to get it perfect."

Owned by Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek has won 6 of 16 starts and $1,593,458. He won four consecutive stakes in the winter of 2005-06, including two Grade 1 stakes - the Hollywood Futurity and Santa Anita Derby. Brother Derek was fourth in the 2006 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Indian Sun headed to Oaklawn

Indian Sun, fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 15, will make his next start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 12, Hendricks said.

Hendricks had considered the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby next Saturday, but said he wants to run the colt on a dirt surface, rather than on the synthetic track at Santa Anita, in advance of a possible start in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Indian Sun has never run on dirt, and Hendricks said he wants to find out if the colt likes it.

"It's not setting up for him out here with the slow fractions and everyone flying at the end," Hendricks said.

Owned by Peacock, Indian Sun has won 2 of 8 starts and $172,600. He finished 7 1/4 lengths behind Georgie Boy in the San Felipe, his fourth start of the year. Earlier this year, Indian Sun finished second in the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes and won an allowance race on turf.

The Santa Anita Derby will probably have a field of eight - Coast Guard, Colonel John, El Gato Malo, Georgie Boy, On the Virg, Polonius, Signature Move, and Yankee Bravo.

Treatment helps Boule d'Or

Boule d'Or, the winner of the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes last Saturday, ended a five-day vacation on Thursday when he was shipped back to trainer Jeff Mullins's stable after undergoing treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.

Boule d'Or was sent to trainer Vladimir Cerin's home near Santa Anita for the pure oxygen treatment in the hyperbaric chamber, Mullins said. Such treatments help horses to recover from strenuous exercise.

"I could tell the race was tough on him," Mullins said.

Boule d'Or took the lead after the first half-mile in the 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey Stakes and led by as many as 10 lengths before holding off a late run from Porfido to win by a half-length. Owned by Bob Bone, Jim Robinson, and Don Johnson, Boule d'Or, 7, won his first stakes in his 48th start in the San Luis Rey.

Mullins said a decision has not been made on Boule d'Or's next start, with possible next spots including the $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at about 1 3/4 miles on turf here on April 20 and the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles at Hollywood Park on May 10.

Trainer of Big Jag is back

Tim Pinfield, who trained the multiple stakes winner Big Jag, has reopened a stable in Southern California after spending six years in Singapore.

Pinfield, 41, has not trained in California since early 2002. He recently set up a 10-horse stable at Hollywood Park and hopes to get more horses. Pinfield said earlier this week that he expects to have his first starter this spring.

A former jump jockey in his native England, Pinfield opened a public stable in California in 1996. The stable star was Big Jag, the winner of the 2000 Golden Shaheen in Dubai and 13 of 30 starts and $1,807,749 in his career. Big Jag was euthanized in September 2001 after losing a battle with laminitis caused by an injury suffered while training in Dubai earlier that year.

Stakes doubleheader on Sunday

Sunday's 10-race program features two stakes - the $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs and the $75,000 American Beauty Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.

Lovely Isle, second in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes in February but seventh in the Santa Anita Oaks earlier this month, will be favored in the Grade 3 Santa Paula.