03/03/2009 1:00AM

Laragh gets back to work


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Laragh, who finished third as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf before closing out her 2-year-old campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, got back to work again Monday morning following a brief freshening, breezing three furlongs in 36.45 seconds at Palm Meadows.

Laragh shipped to south Florida following her one-length victory in the Starlet on Dec. 13, and after turning in several works at Palm Meadows during January was given a month off by trainer John Terranova.

"We had thought about bringing her back out to California for the Santa Anita Oaks but decided to skip the race when it looked like Stardom Bound might be heading that way," Terranova said. "So at that point, I just backed off on her and gave her a little time off."

Terranova said the decision to bring Laragh back one more time after the Breeders' Cup was dictated by how well she was doing at the time.

"She was just feeling so good she pretty much took us there herself," he said. "And things worked out well. But we were in pretty much of a no-huddle offense with her at the end of her 2-year-old campaign. We stepped on the gas pretty hard and really threw the hammer down. We've got a long year ahead of us, so I felt it was in her best interests to give her a little break."

Terranova said he's got no timetable set or race picked out for Laragh's 3-year-old debut.

"She looks great, she's really filled out over the last couple of months," he said. "Right now, our main goal is the Kentucky Oaks, so a race like the Ashland could be a good spot to bring her back."

Plans for Maram's summer return

Maram has not started since her win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and is not expected to run again until early summer, according to trainer Chad Brown.

"We had to stop on her for a while to give her a little time to grow," Brown said. "She just started back jogging at Palm Meadows last week, and I hope to have her ready to go again sometime around the Fourth of July. I'd like to get a race into her sometime around that time before we head back to Saratoga where there are several turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies to look at."

Talent Search to skip trip to Dubai

Kenneth Ramsey, who along with his wife, Sarah, is the leading owner at the current session with 11 victories, said he's decided not to send his speedy but injury-prone Talent Search to Dubai for the Golden Shaheen on March 28 as originally planned.

"He has a little filling in the knee that needs to be worked on, so we'll have to decline the invitation to Dubai," Ramsey said.

Talent Search has started just twice since finishing third in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Sprint and only once since finishing second behind 2008 Eclipse Award winner Benny the Bull in the Grade 2 De Francis Dash in November 2007. Talent Search, who has already been entered and scratched twice here this winter, is trained by Mike Maker.

Jet Propulsion targets Appleton

Trainer Dan Hurtak was lamenting the fact he had to skip Saturday's Grade 3 Canadian Handicap with Jet Propulsion, the multiple Grade 3 winner who won an allowance race early in the meet before finishing fourth after setting the pace in the Tallahassee Stakes.

"He got a little filling in his ankle following a workout last Monday," Hurtak said. "He's fine now. I should have run him. There was no speed in the race, and the way the turf course has been favoring speed lately, he'd have been very tough to catch."

Twilight Meteor rallied from just off the pace of Buddy's Humor to defeat that rival by a length in the Canadian.

Hurtak said that if all goes well, Jet Propulsion would likely return in the 7 1/2-furlong Grade 3 Appleton on March 28.

Sprint stakes, Honey Fox top weekend cards

A pair of sprint stakes restricted to Florida-breds along with the Grade 3 Honey Fox on the turf will highlight this weekend's action.

Saturday's one-mile Honey Fox drew 32 nominations, including Sunshine Millions Distaff winner Wild Promises and multiple Grade 1 stakes-placed Rutherienne.

Yesbyjimminy will try to get back on the winning track for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. the same day in the seven-furlong Sunshine State against a field that also could include How's Your Halo, the upset winner of the Grade 2 Richter Scale earlier in the meet.

Sunday's card will feature the Ocala, to be decided at a mile for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

* Friday's featured eighth race, a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, could produce a starter or two later this month for the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Among the top contenders in Friday's main event are a couple of highly regarded horses coming off disappointing performances, Atomic Rain and Well Positioned. Other top contenders include the undefeated Chef, South American invader Al Khali, and stakes winner Stately Character.

* Nominations closed Saturday for the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 14. Leading contenders for the race, which was shortened to a mile this year, will include Cool Coal Man, Smooth Air, Grade 1 Donn runner-up Finallymadeit, and Bribon.

Smooth Air tuned up for his second start of the season and first on dirt by working a sharp six furlongs in 1:12.60 on Sunday at Calder.