Updated on 09/15/2011 1:08PM

Came Home, Habibti still on target


ARCADIA, Calif. - Despite missing key 2-year-old prep races at Santa Anita last weekend, Came Home and Habibti remain on course for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, respectively.

Came Home scratched from the Norfolk Stakes on Saturday with filling in his right ankle. The filly Habibti scratched from the Oak Leaf Stakes on Sunday with a temperature. While the last-minute defections would seemingly compromise plans for their Breeders' Cup races, the trainers of both 2-year-olds expressed confidence Tuesday that their charges will be fit and ready for the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.

Came Home returned to the track Tuesday, galloping 1 1/2 miles at 5:30 a.m. Trainer Paco Gonzalez said: "I'm going to train him for a few days and see how he looks. He looked fine [Tuesday]. He's a horse who loves to train."

The routine gallop by Came Home was welcome news considering the colt's uncertain status days earlier. "We really don't know what happened," Gonzalez said about the filling. "He might have twisted his ankle, or he might have caught it in his stall when he was rolling - he rolls all the time. But it's gone down."

Gonzalez said Came Home was a handful Tuesday morning. "He's usually a tough horse, but he was tougher [Tuesday] because he had only walked for a couple days," he said. "He was more on the muscle."

Providing that Came Home trains well, Gonzalez said there was plenty of time to make the Juvenile.

It was announced recently that Will Farish's Lane's End Farm has purchased an interest in Came Home from owner-breeders John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery. Came Home, by Gone West, will stand at Lane's End after his racing career. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Came Home has won all three of his races, including the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. He is out of Nice Assay, a Grade 3 winner who also is the dam of Grade 2 winner A. P. Assay.

While Came Home's defection weakened the Norfolk, the Oak Leaf was reduced to downright inconsequence when Habibti came out. Trainer Bob Baffert remains optimistic that Habibti, by Tabasco Cat, will recover in time for the Juvenile Fillies. "It was a virus, so her white count never went up. That's good," Baffert said. He added, "Her temperature is holding normal; it didn't knock her out."

Winner of the Del Mar Debutante and unbeaten in two starts, Habibti will return to the track this weekend if she gets rid of the cough that was still nagging her Tuesday. Baffert expected the cough to subside late in the week, and said missing the Oak Leaf will not affect her fitness for the Juvenile Fillies.

"I had her ready to run," he said. "It's not like she got sick when she needed another work. You only lose a week. Plus, a mile and a sixteenth for her is nothing. When they're bred to go that far, it's not a problem. It's when you're stretching, trying to get them to go that far, then it's a problem."

Kona Gold will carry the weight

Kona Gold will carry the highest weight of his career - 127 pounds - when he starts Saturday in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Handicap at six furlongs. "I have to run," trainer Bruce Headley said. "He's doing the same as last year, he's coming up perfect."

An Ancient Title win last year by Kona Gold preceded his Breeders' Cup Sprint win. The 7-year-old gelding is trying to become the first two-time Sprint winner. Regular rider Alex Solis worked him a slow half-mile Tuesday at 6 a.m. Clockers timed him in 50.20 seconds. According to Headley, the slow work was by design. "He's been working fast," he said. "This was just to limber him up."

A field of about five is taking shape for the Ancient Title. Besides Kona Gold, the field will include: Freespool, 117; Lexicon, 117; Swept Overboard, 116; and Forest Camp, 115.

Tiznow staying home

Tiznow came out of his Monday morning workout in good shape, and will carry 124 pounds when he runs Sunday in the Grade 2 Goodwood Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Consideration had been given to sending Tiznow to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but trainer Jay Robbins and owner Michael Cooper will keep him in California for the same prep that led to his Breeders' Cup Classic win last year.

"If he were to go back [to Belmont], he'd have to stay back there three weeks, and I'm more comfortable with him here," Robbins said. "He looks good physically; he's put some weight on. He was kind of of light [when he ran Sept. 8 in the Woodward]."

Robbins recognizes this year's Goodwood is coming up tough, but said, "He had a tough race in the Goodwood last year, too." Tiznow beat Captain Steve by a half-length in the 2000 Goodwood.

The lineup this year includes: Tiznow, 124; Skimming, 123; Dixie Dot Com, 118; Freedom Crest, 115; Tribunal, 115; and Dig for It, 114.

Dollase out of hospital

Trainer Wally Dollase was released Tuesday from Arcadia Methodist Hospital, four days after being admitted when it was feared he was having a heart attack. Dollase, however, got a clean bill of health after several tests were run, and was planning on returning to work Wednesday morning, according to his wife, Cincy.

"He's feeling 100 percent better," Cincy Dollase said from their home, where Wally was resting Tuesday afternoon. "But we still don't know what happened."

Cincy Dollase said her husband complained of pain in his chest, then started sweating, and finally had numbness in an arm while at the barn Friday morning. But a battery of tests at the hospital revealed that he did not have a heart attack, she said.

"They think that maybe he took too much of his thyroid medication, which he's been on for years, but we really don't know," Cincy Dollase said. "The outpouring of friends has been wonderful. He learned one thing - he's well-liked."

Wally Dollase's barn has been overseen by his youngest daughter, Aimee, his assistant trainer. Wally Dollase is scheduled to run I've Decided in Sunday's Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. His son, Craig, who also trains, is scheduled to run Swept Overboard in Saturday's Ancient Title Handicap.

Quarter crack for Figlio Mio

Figlio Mio, a close second to El Corredor in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap last time out, had to have a small quarter crack patched on his right front hoof this week, according to trainer Ben Cecil.

Cecil said that would delay a scheduled workout this week, but said he did not think it would compromise Figlio Mio's chances of running in the Wells Fargo Bank California Cup Classic on Cal Cup Day Nov. 3.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman