02/18/2006 1:00AM

Brother Derek's work postponed


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wet weather early Saturday led trainer Dan Hendricks to postpone a workout for top 3-year-old Brother Derek, a decision that Hendricks said does not interfere with plans for a start in the Santa Catalina Stakes on March 4.

Rain fell overnight on Friday at Santa Anita. Even though it was partly cloudy by the first race on Saturday, more rain was expected on Saturday night and Sunday.

Brother Derek has had one workout since his last start, a win in the San Rafael Stakes on Jan. 14; he worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Feb. 12.

Hendricks said Brother Derek will work sometime between Wednesday and Saturday, depending on weather.

"He doesn't need two more works," Hendricks said. "One work is fine, and with strong gallops we'll be fine. I was debating whether to give him a work and when it came up a little wet that made up my mind."

Hendricks said that Brother Derek is a colt that doesn't need extensive workouts between races. Brother Derek had one timed workout between his victories in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 17 and the Grade 2 San Rafael.

"I've never worked him too much between races," Hendricks said. "He just doesn't need a ton of work."

Hendricks qualified his plans, saying that in the days before the Santa Catalina Brother Derek "will have a strong gallop that may end up being a half-mile [workout]."

Owned by Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek is the top-rated 3-year-old in California. He has won 4 of 6 starts and $592,080.

Mr. Sekiguchi runs second in debut

Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million as a yearling in 2004, finished second in his career debut in Saturday's third race, losing to Rising Rate. Both horses are trained by Bob Baffert.

Mr. Sekiguchi, sent off as the even-money favorite, finished a half-length behind Rising Rate after leading by as much as 2 1/2 lengths in early stretch.

Mr. Sekiguchi stalked pacesetter Popsa Yankee through an opening quarter-mile in 21.47 seconds. Mr. Sekiguchi took the lead before the quarter pole and opened a clear advantage in early stretch before shortening stride noticeably in the final furlong.

By Storm Cat out of Welcome Surprise, Mr. Sekiguchi was purchased at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale by Fusao Sekiguchi of Japan. Sekiguchi is best known as the owner of Fusaichi Pegasus, the winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby.

Rising Rate ($6) ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.47. Rising Rate was seventh and sixth in his first two starts, both maiden races.

Desormeaux to stay in California

The changes among jockeys and their agents continued over the weekend when jockey Garrett Gomez hired agent Ron Anderson and jockey Kent Desormeaux hired agent Jim Pegram.

Anderson, who has been based on the East Coast in recent years, previously represented Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who retired last month.

Pegram previously represented Gomez, but was fired by the jockey earlier this week. Gomez said on Thursday that he had hired agent Bob Meldahl, but reversed course on Friday and hired Anderson. Meldahl will continue to represent Corey Nakatani.

"I did a bit of homework and I felt like this was the right move," Gomez said.

Desormeaux said earlier this week that he intended to relocate to the East Coast, but Pegram said that Desormeaux will now remain in California.

"I told him I thought I could help him," Pegram said.

Through Friday, Gomez was third in the standings with 36 wins, 11 fewer than leader Patrick Valenzuela. Desormeaux was 10th with 15 wins.

Rider collapses, is hospitalized

Apprentice jockey Jorge Herrera was taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning after collapsing of apparent dehydration in the jockeys' room, a track official said.

Herrera, who gets a seven-pound allowance, was trying to lose weight when he fainted. He was released form the hospital Saturday afternoon.

Herrera was scheduled for one mount on Saturday, the longshot Winnin n Grinnin in the seventh race. He has won 31 races.

Bob Lewis memorial service Monday

Santa Anita is planning a memorial service in the winner's circle on Monday for racehorse owner Bob Lewis, who died on Friday after suffering from heart and kidney problems.

The ceremony will be held between the sixth and seventh races. A video tribute will be presented, and several guest speakers will pay tribute to Lewis.

Along with his wife, Beverly, Lewis campaigned the champions Charismatic, Folklore, Orientate, Serena's Song, Silver Charm, and Timber Country. Their yellow-and-green hoop silks have become a familiar sight in major races throughout the nation over the last 15 years.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday in Newport Beach, Calif.