12/28/2007 12:00AM

Daytona waiting for San Gabriel Handicap

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - The past, present, and future of trainer Dan Hendricks passed before his eyes Sunday morning at Santa Anita.

His present star is Daytona, the upset winner of last month's Hollywood Derby. Hendricks had been considering Daytona for the Grade 3, $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes on Wednesday's opening-day card, but decided Sunday morning to wait for the Grade 2, $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap on Sunday.

After making that decision, Hendricks sent Daytona out for a six-furlong work on the Santa Anita turf, which he completed in 1:16.60 while traveling around orange cones, known as dogs, that were placed well past the middle of the course.

Hendricks did not want to cut back to one mile for the Sir Beaufort after running Daytona 1 1/4 miles in the Hollywood Derby, so the San Gabriel, at 1 1/8 miles, was a better fit. But the San Gabriel will require Daytona to face older horses in a stakes race for the first time, whereas the Sir Beaufort is restricted to 3-year-olds.

Daytona is scheduled to meet Proudinsky, Storm Military, and another 3-year-old, Medici Code.

About an hour before Daytona worked, Hendricks saw his past and, he hopes, his future. Brother Derek, the 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner, galloped strongly as he readies for a return to action following ankle surgery this spring. The time off appears to have helped Brother Derek, who has filled out from the wiry body he had as a 3-year-old.

"He's just about ready for a breeze," Hendricks said. "In the next couple of weeks, we'll let him stretch his legs, and, knowing him, he'll go in 37 in one of them. We'll be on a regular schedule after that."

Hendricks said he hopes to get "a couple of starts" into Brother Derek during the Santa Anita meeting.

"There's no timetable," Hendricks said. "I'd like to have a campaign of four or five races, then give him a little bit of a break coming into the Breeders' Cup."

The 2008 Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita.

Newcomers boost jockey colony

Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Julien Leparoux will ride at Santa Anita through the winter. The newcomers strengthen a colony that is headed by national leader Garrett Gomez.

They are part of an all-star lineup scheduled to compete here on opening day. Bejarano rides Les Grand Trois in the Malibu Stakes for trainer Bobby Frankel, while Gomez will be on Cobalt Blue for Doug O'Neill. Also in town for the Malibu are Alan Garcia, who rides Divine Park for Kiaran McLaughlin, and Edgar Prado, who is aboard Silver Stetson Man for Bob Baffert.

Headley has pacemaker implanted

Trainer Bruce Headley is on the mend after surgery early this month to have a pacemaker implanted. Headley, 73, was deemed a pacemaker candidate during an examination for neck pain caused from a workout spill nearly 20 years ago. During the neck exam, doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat and suggested Headley get the pacemaker.

During a deliberate recovery process, Headley has kept a low profile. His daughter, Karen, has operated the stable, but Headley is gradually easing back into his morning routine. Though he has not been aboard his pony since returning to work, he has been at his Santa Anita stable every morning.

"I'm feeling fine; the pain has stopped," said Headley, who has won 330 races during the Santa Anita winter meet and ranks as the 10th-leading active Santa Anita trainer and 18th overall.

Charm the Giant retired

Charm the Giant, who captured the Intercontinental Stakes at Hollywood Park earlier this month, has been retired and will be bred next spring, according to Ron McAnally, who trained Charm the Giant for his wife, Debbie.

Charm the Giant also won the Wilshire Handicap earlier this year at Hollywood. McAnally on Sunday said he hoped to breed Charm the Giant to 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini.

Stevens joins HRTV lineup

Santa Anita's races are shown on HRTV, which is Magna Entertainment's answer to TVG.

Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey, had been working with TVG, but recently left that network to work for HRTV. Due to his old contract, Stevens cannot start working for HRTV until Jan. 1, though he was out at Clocker's Corner on Sunday morning, preparing for the meet.

Other prominent HRTV personalities are Millie Ball, Laffit Pincay III, Jeff Siegel, and Jon White.

Race replays to air on local TV

Although few tracks show their race replays on over-the-air stations, having gravitated to satellite, Santa Anita continues to do both.

Its replay show, "Racing from Santa Anita," is on HRTV, and also will be shown locally on KJLA, channel 57. The half-hour show, hosted by track commentator Trevor Denman, airs on race days during the week at 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

"A number of our fans have grown accustomed to watching the replays on KJLA, and we feel this is a service they deserve," said Ron Charles, Santa Anita's president.

Tyler Baze gets three-day ban

Jockey Tyler Baze was suspended by Hollywood Park's stewards for three days at Santa Anita, beginning Friday, as a result of his horse All Done Up being disqualified from third to 10th in the 10th race at Hollywood Park on Dec. 16. The ruling was not made until five days after the race because there was no racing at Hollywood from Dec. 16-21.

Santa Anita's stewards have two potential suspensions to consider when the track opens Wednesday as a result of disqualifications on Saturday's closing-day card at Hollywood Park. Jockeys Martin Garcia and Jose Valdivia Jr. will be in the hot seat. Garcia's mount, Wise One, was disqualified from first to fourth in Saturday's eighth race, the same race in which Valdivia's mount, Inclusive, was placed ninth after finishing seventh.

Funeral services set for Cook

Funeral services have been scheduled for retired jockey Jerry Cook, who was 70 when he passed away Dec. 18 in Arcadia. Born on May 2, 1937, in Sentinel Butte, N.D., Cook rode from 1959 to 1964, before a career as a pari-mutuel clerk. Cook retired in 2002 and often spent mornings with friends at Santa Anita Clockers' Corner.

A viewing and rosary will be held at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Douglas and Zook Mortuary in Monrovia. Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Friday at Holy Angels Church in Arcadia.

* Only three horses entered the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Handicap for female sprinters on Friday, so it was canceled.

* Ivan Puhich is the new agent for jockey Agapito Delgadillo, while Rolando Hevia Jr. has picked up Isaias Enriquez.

- additional reporting by Brad Free