04/01/2007 11:00PM

C P West's first race back encouraging


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Saturday's Florida Derby undercard included the return of C P West, who was narrowly beaten by Frosty Secret after being bumped by that rival near midstretch in a seven-furlong entry-level allowance. The final time of the race was just .36 of a second slower than the Aventura Stakes, run over the same distance later on the program.

C P West, owned by Robert La Penta, was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. A son of Came Home, C P West won his maiden at first asking last summer at Saratoga for trainer Nick Zito before finishing a sharp second behind King of the Roxy in the Grade 2 Futurity.

"Naturally we were disappointed he didn't win, but I was very pleased with his effort," said Zito of Saturday's race. "They went 44 and change and he was hung wide, and then got bumped by the winner in the stretch. It was a tough race the first time back so we won't want to rush him back. It's a long year. He'll go to Kentucky from here and we'll have lots of options for his next start, including the Derby Trial."

Zito also reported that Forefathers, who was eased in the Lane's End, recently underwent successful surgery at Rood and Riddle in Kentucky to remove chips from both ankles.

"The chips were very new and they had to bother him in his last race," said Zito, who trains Forefathers for the Zayat Stable. "He'll have his recovery time and then I'll talk to Mr. Z and his people to map out a plan for the future."

Naissance Royale retired

Trainer Christophe Clement said the graded stakes-winning mare Naissance Royale has been retired and will be sent to Oak Tree Stud to be bred to Kingmambo. Naissance Royale closed out her career finishing third against males in the Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap at Fair Grounds on March 10.

A daughter of Giant's Causeway, Naissance Royale retired with 5 wins in 17 starts and earnings of $638,213. She won the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap here on Feb. 3 as well as the Grade 2 Nassau and Grade 2 Lake Placid stakes in 2006.

Clement also said that Royal Highness is still suffering from the effects of a pulled muscle she sustained during her victory in the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap here last month, which is why he held her out of last Saturday's Grade 3 Orchid Handicap.

"She's still a little sore coming out of her last start, so we'll just give her a little more time and run her back in either the Sheepshead Bay [at Belmont] or the Bewitch at Keeneland," said Clement.

Withers next for Street Magician

Trainer Michael Trombetta said that the lightly raced Street Magician could make his next start in the Withers at Aqueduct on April 28. That race could be a stepping-stone to the Preakness, he said.

In the Aventura, Street Magician disputed the pace before turning back a determined bid from two-time stakes winner Yesbyjimminy. Street Magician was making only his third start in the Aventura.

Yesbyjimminy also ran a big race in his first outing since Nov. 11.

* Nobiz Like Shobiz, who finished third behind Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy here last month in the Fountain of Youth, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds here Sunday morning. Nobiz Like Shobiz will run in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday. He will fly to New York on Thursday.