04/11/2006 11:00PM

Genre inspired by return to grass


ARCADIA, Calif. - Genre had a rather rude introduction to American racing at Hollywood Park last fall.

He finished second in the Real Quiet Stakes on the main track, but was promoted to first after Bob and John was controversially disqualified for causing interference in early stretch. The decision did not sit well with the faithful fans gathered on that Saturday afternoon; they responded with hearty boos when the decision was announced.

Genre was then tried in a Triple Crown prep, but finished only fourth behind Bob and John in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes here on Feb. 4.

Trainer Ben Cecil has since put Genre back on turf, the surface on which he started his career in England. Saturday, Genre makes his third start of the year in the $100,000 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita, a one-mile turf race.

Stakes-placed in England last fall, Genre was third in the Pasadena Stakes here on March 18, his first start in the United States on turf.

Cecil said that the Pasadena Stakes revitalized Genre, who "ran down" in the Sham Stakes, meaning that his heels were worn raw on the dirt.

"I think he's come on since he's come back on the grass," Cecil said. He ran down "really bad here," he added.

"I think he might have been demoralized by that."

Owned by David and Paula Mueller, Genre has won 3 of 11 starts. He won two minor races at a mile in England last October.

The La Puente will have a small field and will not include the first two finishers of the Pasadena. The winner, To Sender, was unplaced as a heavy favorite in the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland last Friday. Tent, second in the Pasadena, recently underwent surgery for a leg injury, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Genre finished 2 1/2 lengths behind To Sender in the Pasadena, rallying from last in a field of seven. The competition in the La Puente lacks depth, with many of the potential starters seeking their second wins. The La Puente is the richest race for 3-year-olds on turf at the meeting.

Cecil is relying on Genre showing more improvement. He says the colt has shown signs of doing that in recent training.

"It's a complete change, the way he's training and the way he is in the stall," Cecil said. "He used to cower in the back of his stall, now he's back to the front."

Derby's West Coast crew back to work

Kentucky Derby hopefuls Brother Derek, Bob and John, and Point Determined returned to the racetrack for exercise at Santa Anita on Wednesday, four days after they each ran in a Derby prep race.

Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek jogged a mile, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

"He was full of himself and feeling good, without being silly," Hendricks said.

After previous starts, Brother Derek was tack-walked at the barn for several days, but Hendricks said he needed to get the colt back to the track more quickly this week in preparation for the Derby on May 6.

Brother Derek is expected to be near the pace in the Kentucky Derby.

"I can't have him that fresh for the next race, so I went to the track quicker," he said.

Bob and John, who won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct last Saturday, and Point Determined, who was second to Brother Derek, went to the track at different times of the morning.

Bob and John, who returned to California on Tuesday, won the Wood Memorial by 1 1/2 lengths, but the performance has been criticized because of the slow final time of 1:51.54 for 1 1/8 miles. Baffert said that Bob and John "was done" after he passed pacesetter Keyed Entry, who eventually finished third behind the late-running Jazil.

"He needs a target," Baffert said of Bob and John.

Last year, Bellamy Road became the Derby favorite after winning the Wood Memorial by 17 1/2 lengths and earning a 120 Beyer Speed Figure. Bellamy Road later finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby.

"I don't think he needed to run a 119 Beyer and do a Bellamy Road," Baffert said.

Bob and John earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Mile on turf is Silent Name's game

Silent Name, who remained unbeaten in two starts in this country with a win in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap last Saturday, will remain in turf miles, trainer Gary Mandella said.

Silent Name will be pointed for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in November, with the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park on May 29 his next likely start.

"I'll run him two or three more times before the Breeders' Cup," Mandella said.

Mandella was impressed by Silent Name's victory by 1 1/2 lengths over Chinese Dragon in the Arcadia. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Silent Name raced near a quick pace for the first half-mile and kicked clear in early stretch, finishing a mile on turf in 1:33.17.

"I wasn't sure he could be that close," he said. "I was scared to death he'd come up empty turning for home."

Owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Silent Name has won three stakes in his career, including two in France last year.

The Tin Man back to training after Dubai trip

The Tin Man, runner-up in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on March 25, has resumed racetrack exercise, trainer Richard Mandella said.

The Tin Man has been jogging in recent days while accompanied by a pony and will start galloping next week.

Mandella said the journey to the other side of the world did not have a negative impact on the 8-year-old gelding.

The race and the trip "really took very little out of him," Mandella said. "He's an old pro. He takes everything in stride now."

The Tin Man is being pointed for the American Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 2. Initially, Mandella said that The Tin Man would not return to racing until the Del Mar meeting later in the summer.