01/05/2010 12:00AM

Hawaiian Springs gets two turns


ARCADIA, Calif. - Want to be an important 3-year-old at Santa Anita? Then you have to run long, and you have to beat Bob Baffert.

Hawaiian Springs, a splashy debut winner trained by Kathy Walsh, will try to do both Wednesday when he stretches to 1 1/16 miles in race 6, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds.


Seven entered, including two trained by Baffert - fast maiden sprint winner Quiet Invader and seasoned two-turn runner The Program, whose three routes include a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity.

Baffert considers both "live" Wednesday but said their 2010 campaigns likely will dodge top-ranked stablemates Lookin at Lucky, Conveyance, Tiz Chrome, and Take Control. After Wednesday, Quiet Invader and The Program may have to pack their bags.

"They both have Tex Sutton written all over them," Baffert said.

Hawaiian Springs, meanwhile, will stay home. His impressive debut one month ago at Hollywood Park suggested he has the ingredients to become a top colt running two turns.

"I think [two turns] will be his game," Walsh said.

Early evidence supports the notion.

Hawaiian Springs is by the good distance sire Stephen Got Even, and Walsh looked for a debut at seven furlongs before settling for 6 1/2 furlongs on Dec. 6. He went in with a sketchy work tab due to minor unspecified issues and wore front wraps, which Walsh uses frequently on main-track starters. The colt proceeded to run like a seasoned pro.

Racing inside and behind horses, Hawaiian Springs swung outside for the drive, powered from last to first, and won going away.

Two turns? Bring it on.

"The way he galloped out, you would think he will route," Walsh said. "I really like this colt."

Joe Talamo rides Hawaiian Springs, who has two solid works since his debut.

Baffert's two starters Wednesday are the pace of the race. Quiet Invader stretches out following a front-running sprint win, but with patient Garrett Gomez aboard, strategy is unclear. Quiet Invader was sired by Songandaprayer, and Baffert is realistic enough to be satisfied "if he can go a mile, mile and a sixteenth."

The Program's development has been static, but the one-paced colt could be tough to beat if he reproduces his fourth-place finish from the Futurity. Martin Garcia rides.

The other starters are Majestic Afleet, Kettle River, Coloursoftheglen, and Circle Drive.