08/30/2005 12:00AM

Hendricks thinking Futurity

Jon Court had ridden Leroidesanimaux in four straight victories before ceding the mount.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Brother Derek is a California-bred, which makes him eligible to the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes on Monday. He will be entered in that race. But Brother Derek worked so well at Del Mar on Tuesday morning that his trainer, Dan Hendricks, said he will also enter Brother Derek in the Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity next Wednesday, closing day of the Del Mar meeting.

"I'll look at both and then decide," Hendricks said Tuesday morning after Brother Derek sped seven furlongs in 1:24.20, the fastest time of four at the distance. "He worked real easy. He clipped off 12's every eighth of a mile."

The I'm Smokin is at six furlongs, the Futurity at seven.

"I'm slightly leaning toward Wednesday's race, even though seven-eighths is a hard distance to come back in," Hendricks said.

Brother Derek won his only race, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Hollywood May 14, and developed a minor foot problem soon after. Hendricks said Tuesday that Brother Derek has been wearing glue-on shoes for four days, and they seem to have helped him.

"After his last race, he worked a couple of times, we re-shod him, and then his foot got sore a tiny bit," Hendricks said. "We took the shoes off, then put them back on, and he got sore again. So I took him out of training for a couple of weeks. I brought him down here and trained him barefoot, which allowed him to get a healthy wall and toughen the frog naturally. After all that I didn't want to mess with any nails, so we tried the glue-ons."

Richard Mandella, who won the Futurity two years ago with Siphonizer, will be represented this year by One Union, who worked seven furlongs in 1:26.40 on Tuesday.

No Futurity starter for Baffert this year

Trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday that he would not have any runners in this year's Futurity, not even Enforcement, an impressive winner from earlier in the meet. Baffert won the Futurity seven straight years, from 1996 to 2002, and just missed in last year's race with Roman Ruler. Baffert won the Best Pal Stakes with What a Song, but that colt suffered a fatal injury during a routine gallop five days later.

"I'm just a little gun-shy," Baffert said. "I'm going to go out of town with Enforcement."

Like many trainers, Baffert said he had suffered a rash of injuries the latter part of the meet, mostly to feet and ankles.

"I hope they put the Polytrack in here next year," he said of a new synthetic racing surface in use at Turfway Park.

The California Marketing Committee for racing is sponsoring a trip for trainers to view the Polytrack surface at Turfway Park on Sept. 14.

Graded Stakes abound over weekend

There are graded stakes at Del Mar each day this holiday weekend, beginning Saturday with the Grade 2, $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap for female turf runners. Among those expected for the Palomar are Amorama, Cotopaxi, Flip Flop, Intercontinental, Ticker Tape, and Valentine Dancer.

A full field is expected for the Grade 2, $350,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap at one mile on turf on Sunday. Only 10 can run, with highweights preferred. The field is expected to include Geronimo, Just Wonder, Sam Forli, Three Valleys, Toasted, Tsigane, We All Love Aleyna, and Whilly.

Another big field of grass runners is expected for the Grade 2, $400,000 Del Mar Derby on Monday. Among those expected for that race are Becrux, Eastern Sand, El Roblar, High Limit, Osidy, Shamoan, Tedo, and Willow O Wisp.

Osidy worked six furlongs in 1:13 on Tuesday for Mandella.

"He's had a nice break," Mandella said. "He looks good."

High Limit arrived on Monday from Saratoga, according to Humberto Ascanio, who trains Bobby Frankel's West Coast string.

Court gets caught in tough spot

Jockey Jon Court had ridden Leroidesanimaux to four straight victories, including a pair of Grade 1 wins, but was unable to ride Leroidesanimaux in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on Saturday. Court was named by trainer Bobby Frankel on Leroidesanimaux, but Court was also named to a full slate of runners on Saturday at Del Mar, and he ended up riding here.

"Bobby a little while ago wasn't sure if he was going to run, so we made commitments here," said Court's agent, Tom Knust. "When Bobby told us he was going to run, I told him we had commitments, and I would try to get out of them. That's why he named us on the horse.

"But I couldn't get off. It was too late to get other riders for the horses we had here. It was just bad timing."

Solis rides half a card's winners

Jockey Alex Solis won four of the eight races on Monday at Del Mar, including the featured seventh race with Charm the Giant, who won her third straight race.

Charm the Giant sped one mile on firm turf in 1:32.86, just .64 of a second off the course record of Touch of the Blues. Ron McAnally trains Charm the Giant, a 3-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway, for his wife, Debbie.

The four victories vaulted Solis into fourth in the jockey standings with 31 wins, one behind third-place Patrick Valenzuela. With seven racing days remaining at the meet, Victor Espinoza led with 42 victories, with Garrett Gomez second with 40.

Jeff Mullins leads the trainer race with 19 wins, three more than Baffert.

* Jockey Tyler Baze injured his left ankle when he was thrown from Five o'Clock Toddy before the start of Monday's first race. X-rays of the ankle taken Monday were negative, but Baze was scheduled to have the ankle evaluated further on Tuesday afternoon by specialist Dr. James Tibone in Los Angeles to see if there was appreciable soft-tissue damage.

* Jockey Isaias Enriquez has been suspended for three days, beginning Saturday, for causing interference in Sunday's sixth race with RJ's Way, who finished ninth in the 10-horse field.

* Imperialism, who won the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap on Aug. 21, had his first work since then Tuesday, a five-furlong drill in 1:00.20.