05/01/2006 12:00AM

Churchill: Record wins Derby Trial for Baffert


Trainer Bob Baffert began Derby Week at Churchill Downs on a positive note when Record ($12.20) shipped in from California and captured the $114,939 by a neck from 54-1 longshot Spotsgone.

Mister Triester finished third, another 2 1/4 lengths back, with Dawn of War fourth in the field of seven. Noonmark, the 9-5 favorite, finished sixth. Protagonus, the 2-1 second choice, fractured sesamoids in his right front ankle midway on the far turn and was was scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday morning.

Record completed one mile on the fast main track in 1:36.32. Rafael Bejarano rode Record, now 2 for 5. He had finished in the money in his four previous races, all this year at Santa Anita.