03/16/2002 12:00AM

Came Home nuclear scan is negative


ARCADIA, Calif. - A nuclear scan Friday afternoon on the top 3-year-old Came Home turned up nothing amiss, so the colt went back to the track at Santa Anita for a routine gallop on Saturday morning.

Trainer Paco Gonzalez, visibly relieved that Came Home got a clean bill of health, said Came Home would have a workout in the next couple of days, depending on the weather. It is scheduled to rain at Santa Anita on Sunday night.

"I feel much better," Gonzalez said, smiling.

After conferring with co-owner John Toffan, Gonzalez, sent Came Home to Santa Anita's on-site equine clinic because the colt was acting uncharacteristically quiet on Wednesday and Thursday. Came Home on Tuesday night became cast in his stall; he rolled over, and could not immediately right himself.

A nuclear scan looks for injuries to the bone structure. Problem areas light up when the horse is scanned.

Came Home won the San Rafael Stakes in his last start on March 2. He is scheduled to make his next start in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6.