03/06/2011 8:19PM

Former Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered takes Santana Mile in comeback

Benoit & Associates
Misremembered could be headed to the Dubai World Cup after winning his comeback in Sunday's Santana Mile.

ARCADIA, Calif.- Misremembered, the 2010 Santa Anita Handicap winner, returned from a one-year layoff to win Sunday’s $80,200 Santana Mile at Santa Anita in near track-record time.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Misremembered ran a mile on the main track in 1:33.50, just missing Ruhlmann’s 1989 record of 1:33.40. It is possible that Misremembered broke the mark. In 1989, Santa Anita timed raced in fifths of a second; currently, races are timed to the hundredths of a second.

Regardless, Misremembered ($4.20) showed on Sunday that he will be a factor in the handicap division this year. Trainer Bob Baffert, who won Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap with Game On Dude, mentioned in the winner’s circle that Misremembered may start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on March 26, but stopped well short of committing to that race.

In the Santana Mile, Misremembered had an ideal trip under Garcia. Fourth for the first half-mile, Misremembered moved closer to pacesetter Matto Mondo on the turn, took the lead before the eighth pole and won by three lengths.

“I thought he’d come back good but I never thought he’d come back that good,” Garcia said.

Kensei, the winner of two Grade 2 races in 2009 – the Dwyer Stakes and Jim Dandy Stakes on the New York circuit – finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of Honour the Deputy in the field of seven. Matto Mondo, who set a quick pace of 22.25 and 45.11 seconds through the first half-mile, faded to finish sixth.

Misremembered, who races for Baffert’s wife Jill and George Jacobs, has won 6 of 12 starts and $1,236,709. The Santana Mile was his fourth stakes win. Last spring, Misremembered was sidelined by injury shortly after the Big Cap. His comeback was further delayed by a training setback last fall.

“I would love to have started him in the Big Cap,” Baffert said of Saturday’s race. “Hopefully, I’ll keep him and Game On Dude away from each other.