06/17/2004 11:00PM

Cajun Beat back training


The reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Cajun Beat, who has not started since finishing fourth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes on March 27, is back in full training at co-owner Satish Sanan's Padua Stable farm in Ocala, Fla., and could return to action as early as next month.

Cajun Beat is owned by Sanan in partnership with Joseph and John Iracane.

"We brought Cajun Beat to the farm to give him a few weeks rest after he returned from Dubai, but he's been in training, has breezed and will ship out within the next two to four weeks," Sanan's daughter Nadia said Friday.

"The goal now is the defense of his Breeders' Cup Sprint title. He'll have two races before the Breeders' Cup, an allowance, and perhaps a graded stakes sometime in September. His best races have always come spaced out six or seven weeks, so we are working on a schedule from the Breeders' Cup on back. He will not run on the Summit of Speed program at Calder."

Cajun Beat finished second in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes on the 2003 Summit of Speed card.

Sanan would not speculate as to when or where Cajun Beat would return to the races or even with whom as trainer. Cajun Beat was turned over to trainer Steve Margolis last spring and remained with the Kentucky-based horseman until returning to the farm after the Golden Shaheen.

"A lot of our decisions will be based on timing," said Sanan. "We'll probably know a lot more by the first week of July."