06/04/2011 12:43PM

Hollywood: Jaycito, Harmonius cranking up

Barbara D. Livingston
Jaycito is pointing for a comeback in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The 2010 Grade 1 winners Harmonious and Jaycito have resumed serious training in recent days in preparation for expected summertime comebacks.

Harmonious, the winner of the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last year, is expected to race at Del Mar this summer. Trained by John Shirreffs for Marty and Pam Wygod, Harmonious has not started since finishing third in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes on dirt at Santa Anita in February.

Shirreffs took the 4-year-old filly out of training in March after he was unhappy with the way she was training. Last November, Harmonious was 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs, a race that Shirreffs and the Wygods have as a long-term goal this year.

Jaycito was considered one of trainer Bob Baffert’s leading hopes for the Kentucky Derby earlier this year until he was sidelined with a bruised foot. Friday at Hollywood Park, Jaycito worked three furlongs in 37.40, his first workout since missing the Santa Anita Derby and Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in April.

“We just gave him a little three-eighths,” Baffert said. “The foot is coming around.”

Owned by Zayat Stables, Jaycito has one victory in five starts, the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Hollywood Park last October when trained by Mike Mitchell. In one start for Baffert, Jaycito was second to Premier Pegasus in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Baffert said the $150,000 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park on July 9 is a goal for Jaycito. The race could serve as a prep for the Haskell at Monmouth Park or the Travers at Saratoga in August.

Alienation still has it

Alienation, who placed in two graded stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga last summer, is bound for New York again this summer after an impressive win in her 3-year-old debut at Hollywood Park on Friday evening.

Ridden by Martin Garcia for Baffert, Alienation led throughout an allowance race over six furlongs, winning by 7 3/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101, by far the highest of her career.

“She was training forwardly for that race,” Baffert said. “She’s still very fast. Last year, she wouldn’t switch leads. Last night, she did it right.”

Alienation is a candidate for the $250,000 Prioress Stakes, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies over six furlongs at Belmont Park on July 4.

Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty worked five furlongs in 59 seconds at Santa Anita on Saturday and will start in the $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 25, Baffert said.

“She looked fantastic,” Baffert said of the workout.

The Mother Goose is run over 1 1/16 miles.

Plum Pretty has not raced since the Kentucky Oaks, a victory that was preceded by a 25-length win in the Sunland Park Oaks in March.

Baffert has a deep group of 3-year-old fillies. He said on Saturday that he plans to freshen May Day Rose, the winner of the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on May 21.