10/16/2009 12:00AM

Chocolate Candy eyes Dirt Mile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Chocolate Candy, coming off a fifth in the Goodwood, is being pointed to a start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Chocolate Candy and Misremembered, 3-year-olds with graded stakes wins in California this year, are on course for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, their trainers said Thursday.

Chocolate Candy finished fifth in the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes over 1 1/8 miles here last Saturday. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby and California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was encouraged that Chocolate Candy ran a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 100 in the Goodwood Stakes, leaving him to believe the colt fits in the Dirt Mile.

"I've looked at a lot of horses in there, and we'll nominate to the race," Hollendorfer said.

He said Chocolate Candy's closing style could suit a race such as the Dirt Mile, "especially if there is some speed to set it up."

The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is not as appealing, he said.

"That's a really tough race," Hollendorfer said.

Owned by Jenny Craig, Chocolate Candy is winless in his last five starts, including a fifth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 5.

Misremembered recovered from a 10th-place finish in the Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles at Del Mar on Sept. 6 to win the Grade 2 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 3. He won the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes during the summer for owners Jill Baffert and George Jacobs and trainer Bob Baffert.

Zensational, Lookin at Lucky work

Baffert will have the favorite in two Breeders' Cup races - Lookin at Lucky in the Juvenile and Zensational in the Sprint. Both worked quickly at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Zensational, who has won three consecutive graded sprint stakes since July, worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.60, the fastest of 11 recorded works at the distance.

"He broke like a shot and relaxed down the backstretch," Baffert said. "It should sharpen him up."

Lookin at Lucky, who has won three consecutive graded stakes for 2-year-olds in Southern California, worked a half-mile in company with BC Juvenile Fillies candidate Always a Princess. Lookin at Lucky, starting behind his stablemate, was timed in 46 seconds, the fastest of 37 recorded works at the distance. Always a Princess was timed in 46.60 seconds. The duo finished evenly.

Always a Princess was second to Blind Luck in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 4.

Coronet of a Baron ends skid

Until Wednesday, Coronet of a Baron's 3-year-old season was a dud.

"I thought I was in big trouble for a while," trainer Eoin Harty said.

After placing in three stakes at 2, Coronet of a Baron was expected to have an important 3-year-old season. After losing his first two starts of the year at Del Mar, Coronet of a Baron won an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs on Wednesday.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Coronet of a Baron closed from fourth in a field of seven to win by a neck over Charm N Chuck. The style of the win was prevalent through Wednesday's card, which was run after an inch of rain fell Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The instructions were to let the speed go inside of him," Harty said. "He's been training a helluva lot better."

Wednesday's win has prompted Harty to consider the $100,000 Damascus Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs on Nov. 7 for Coronet of a Baron, who races for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable. Last year, Coronet of a Baron was second in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and third in the BC Juvenile Turf.

Pursuit of Glory set for U.S. debut

Pursuit of Glory, who placed in a Group 1 stakes in England last year, makes her American debut in an allowance race on the hillside turf course in Saturday's sixth race.

Owned by SF Bloodstock, Pursuit of Glory has not started since finishing last of 10 in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes in Ireland in June. She was eighth in the English 1000 Guineas earlier this year.

"I don't know if the distance is to her liking, but she's got plenty of talent," said Harty, her trainer.

Pursuit of Glory was third in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket over six furlongs on turf in October 2008, suggesting that Saturday's race is within her ability.

Saturday's race has drawn a field of 11, including Rose Diamond, who was second in a Group 3 race in England last year, and Once Upon a Grace, a fast-closing second in a five-furlong turf sprint at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

* Hollendorfer has two other hopes for the Breeders' Cup - Blind Luck, a leading contender for the Juvenile Fillies, and Rendezvous, who is being considered for the Mile on turf.

Rendezvous was fifth in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship last Sunday but won the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby last month.