01/08/2013 2:22PM

Golden Gate: Nations cranking up three stakes horses

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Bailouttheminister, winning the Sam J. Whiting in July, has worked twice as he gets ready to return from a layoff for trainer Keith Nations.

Trainer Keith Nations is gearing up with the return of three of his stars who were given a little R&R after big 2012 campaigns.

Hexbreaker, a veteran sprinter with $278,845 in the bank, and Bailouttheminister, who won last summer’s Sam Whiting at Pleasanton before running fifth in the Longacres Mile, both have a pair of works since returning to training.

Bailouttheminister had a bullet 34.60-second three-furlong work Dec. 29 and on Saturday went a half-mile in 47.80, the second fastest of 34 times at the distance. Working the same days, Hexbreaker worked in 35 and matched his stablemate’s 47.80.

Control Seeker, who won the Joseph Grace and Bull Dog last year before losing to Hudson Landing by a nose in the Grade 3 All American in November, returned after a month’s break at a farm and will be pointed to the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile in April, Nations said.