03/18/2010 11:00PM

Convocation impressive in return


Convocation returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff with a visually impressive five-length victory Thursday in a first-level allowance race going a mile. He had not run since finishing fifth in the Jim Dandy last year. Prior to that, he was second in the Dwyer at Belmont Park.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Convocation was injured behind last summer, and that necessitated time off. He returned to the barn in late December.

"I thought he ran just how you'd like,'' Jerkens said. "He doesn't ever come out of the gate too good, but you let him sit there and get his act together and when you ask him he goes.''

Kent Desormeaux rode Convocation, who ran a mile in 1:36.34 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

Jerkens did not say where Convocation would run next, but the Grade 3, $100,000 Westchester at Belmont on April 30 may be a logical spot. Convocation won a one-mile maiden race at Belmont last year on Belmont Stakes Day.

Wildcat Frankie may go to Tampa

Trainer Jim Hatchett said he was looking for something "a little easier" for Wildcat Frankie than a rematch with D' Funnybone, who was expected to be favored in Saturday's Grade 2 Swale.

Wildcat Frankie had sandwiched two impressive victories around a second-place finish in the Spectacular Bid Stakes to open his career here this winter, but could not keep pace with D' Funnybone in the Grade 2 Hutcheson in his most recent start, finishing a tiring sixth after showing the way to the stretch.

"I haven't decided where he'll go next but we can probably pick an easier spot than the Swale," said Hatchett.

Hatchett said he is considering the $85,000 Ocala Breeders' Sale Sophomore, restricted to Florida-breds, on April 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Laus Deo resumes training

Laus Deo, who won the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 2 before going to the sidelines with a throat issue, worked four furlongs in 50 seconds Friday morning at Palm Meadows. Dutrow said Laus Deo underwent throat surgery a few weeks after shipping to south Florida from New York.

Meanwhile, Dutrow said Winslow Homer, the Holy Bull Stakes winner who underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in a cannon bone, is on schedule to return to Dutrow's barn sometime in April.

Met Mile a possibility for Bribon

Bribon, runner-up in the Barbados Gold Cup on March 6, has returned to trainer Todd Pletcher's Palm Meadows barn. He cleared quarantine earlier this week and was back in training on Friday. Pletcher did not have a specific plan for Bribon, who won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap last year. Pletcher is pointing Quality Road to this year's Met Mile.

"I'm not looking to run two of them in the same race if I didn't have to,'' Pletcher said when asked if Bribon is being pointed to the Met Mile. "But it is a logical possibility.''

* Rose Catherine, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November, worked an easy half-mile in 53 seconds over the Palm Meadows turf course Friday. She is being pointed to the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes, a one-mile turf race at Keeneland on April 15.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch