02/27/2006 12:00AM

Cacique ambitiously spotted

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Cacique, exercising with Humberto Gomez in December, was a multiple group winner in France. He is a brother to four major stakes winners.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The daughters of the remarkable broodmare Hasili have had a major influence on turf racing in this country in the last five years.

Her daughters Banks Hill and Intercontinental won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Heat Haze, yet another daughter, won the Beverly D. Stakes in 2003.

The males produced by Hasili are not bad either. Dansili was a champion in Europe. Cacique, his younger full brother, was a stakes winner in France in 2004 and 2005 and makes his U.S. debut in Saturday's $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Cacique has been based in California with trainer Bobby Frankel since late last year and has been pointed to the Grade 1 Kilroe for several weeks.

"He was a good horse over there," Frankel said. "Hopefully, he can reproduce that form over here. It's important that I win a Grade 1."

In France, Cacique, 5, won three group stakes, including the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein in 2004. By Danehill, Cacique had a better season at 3 in 2004 than he did last year, finishing second to Bago in two Group 1 races. Last year, he had one victory in four starts, a Group 3 in June.

Despite his accomplishments and world-class breeding, Cacique will be tested in the Kilroe Mile. The race is expected to draw a maximum field of 14. Top contenders include Aragorn, the winner of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby last October; Senor Swinger, who won the Thunder Road Handicap last month; and Chinese Dragon, a four-time stakes winner.

Brother Derek could have eight foes

Aside from the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap and Kilroe Mile, Saturday's 11-race program features two stakes for 3-year-olds - the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes at 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 Baldwin Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

The Santa Catalina Stakes is led by Brother Derek, the winner of three stakes around two turns and the top-ranked 3-year-old male in California. Trained by Dan Hendricks for Cecil Peacock, Brother Derek has not started since winning the San Rafael Stakes at a mile on Jan. 14.

In the Santa Catalina, he is part of a probable field that includes Blazing Sunset, Hawkinsville, Latent Heat, Mister Triester, Niagara Causeway, Objective, Point of Impact, and Really Indian.

Objective finished second in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows on Jan. 29.

Sunday, Point of Impact, a maiden winner trained by Bob Baffert, breezed six furlongs in 1:10.80 in company with the 4-year-old Sort It Out.

The Baldwin Stakes will feature the California debut of Set Alight, a Hennessy colt trained by Frankel for Juddmonte. Set Alight was a group stakes winner in France last year, but was 13th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont last October, his first start on the main track.

Two more sprinters headed to Dubai

Proud Tower Too and Thor's Echo, the first and second finishers in the Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds on Feb. 19, are bound for the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai on March 25, their respective trainers said Sunday.

The Golden Shaheen is run over a straight six furlongs.

Proud Tower Too has won three sprint stakes in recent months - the On Trust Handicap and Sensational Star for statebreds, and the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in December. He finished 11th in the Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 28.

Proud Tower Too is trained by Sal Gonzalez for Tricar Stables.

Thor's Echo, third in the Malibu Stakes, is trained by Doug O'Neill.

A third California-based sprinter, Captain Squire, is bound for the Golden Shaheen. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Captain Squire won the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap last October.

Refinery earns shot at San Felipe

The $250,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 18, another major stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita in March, will include Refinery, the winner of an allowance race for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

Trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes, Refinery ($7.60) ran a mile in 1:36.70, finishing 2 1/4 lengths in front of New Joysey Jeff. Record, the 4-5 favorite, was third in a field of five.

Refinery has won 2 of 5 starts. Saturday's race was his first start wearing blinkers and was preceded by fourth- and third-place finishes in allowance races.

"We were disappointed when he ran fourth that time," Mandella said. "This is what we've been looking for."

Refinery had an undescended testicle removed in January, which Mandella said may have contributed to the recent losses.

"He might have been a little short of training because of what we did," Mandella said. "I think the blinkers may have focused him a little better."

Refinery's win is good news for Mandella, whose 3-year-olds have been plagued by injuries this winter. One Union and Peace Chant are both out of Triple Crown contention because of recent injuries.

The Grade 2 San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles will be a stern test for Refinery. Other probable starters include Bob and John, the winner of the Sham Stakes on Feb. 4, and A.P. Warrior, who finished fourth in the Hollywood Futurity in December and El Camino Real Derby in January.

A.P. Warrior was recently transferred from Eoin Harty to John Shirreffs by owner Stan Fulton. Sunday at Hollywood Park, A.P. Warrior breezed seven furlongs in 1:30.80.

Stakes renamed to honor Lewis

The 2007 Santa Catalina Stakes will be known as the Robert B. Lewis Memorial in honor of the late owner, Santa Anita officials announced over the weekend.

Lewis died at the age of 81 on Feb. 17. Along with his wife, Beverly, Lewis won two Kentucky Derbies, with Silver Charm (1997) and Charismatic (1999).

Naming a race for an individual is a rarity at Santa Anita. The Strub Stakes, honoring Charles H. Strub, is run in early February, while Saturday's Frank E. Kilroe Mile honors the late track executive.

Ochoa must sit three days

Apprentice jockey Juan Ochoa has been suspended three racing days for careless riding in Friday's first race. Riding King of Rohan, Ochoa was cited for causing interference. King of Rohan was disqualified from first to second.

Ochoa's suspension begins on Saturday and continues through March 8.

Ochoa won the 40th race of his career aboard Bluesthestandard in Sunday's third race, reducing his weight claim from seven pounds to five pounds for the remainder of his apprentice term.