Updated on 09/16/2011 7:01AM

Leaving California behind

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Medaglia d'Oro (right) and Siphonic (second from right) in Sunday's San Felipe at Santa Anita. Medaglia d'Oro won and will run next in the Wood Memorial. Siphonic, who finished third, also may leave California.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The major 3-year-old preps of last weekend played out fairly formfully until late Sunday afternoon here at Santa Anita, when Kentucky Derby future book favorite Siphonic went down meekly in the San Felipe Stakes.

His defeat, along with a temperature that surfaced in Came Home Monday, and plans to leave town for several California-based 3-year-olds, including San Felipe winner , threatens to leave the April 6 Santa Anita Derby as one of the weaker final Derby preps.

Siphonic also could miss the Santa Anita Derby, and instead head out of town. Trainer David Hofmans said Siphonic came out of the San Felipe well.

"He's sound," Hofmans said Monday. "He looks good. He didn't bleed - we scoped him. I'm kind of confused. We're going to do some diagnostic work, like some blood work, to see if we are missing anything. The only thing I can say right now is I'm not sure how much he likes that surface."

Siphonic has lost his last two starts, both at Santa Anita. He trains year-round at Hollywood Park.

Came Home, who last week became cast in his stall when he rolled over and could not right himself, on Monday had a slightly elevated temperature, trainer Paco Gonzalez said.

"I have three horses in my barn with temperatures," Gonzalez said.

Came Home was scheduled for a workout on Monday, but the temperature and wet weather that pelted the track Sunday night combined to keep him merely walking under the shed row.

In contrast to the Santa Anita Derby, the $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, both on April 13, are shaping up as strong races. Medaglia d'Oro is headed to the Wood, trainer Bobby Frankel said Monday, and both Gotham Stakes winner will run there, too, along with Blue Burner, the runner-up in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Neil Drysdale may run Sunday Break in the Wood as well.

, winner of the Florida Derby, is going to the Blue Grass. He will be kept apart from his Ken McPeek-trained stablemate Repent, who is making his next start in the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park on April 6.

"I thought he ran a great race," McPeek said, referring to Harlan's Holiday, "and he came out of it very well. The race seemed to take nothing out of him. He thrives on running, and now that we have him sitting back and finishing it's a lot easier on him."

Also heading to the Blue Grass is Booklet, who beat Harlan's Holiday twice before a wicked pace sent him to defeat in the Florida Derby.

With Harlan's Holiday and Mayakovsky both scheduled to run on April 13, Mayakovsky may need a new rider. Edgar Prado, who rode them both in their last race, is expected to stick with Harlan's Holiday, who is considered a stronger contender for the Derby. Harlan's Holiday has never finished worse than second in nine starts.

Ethan Man, winner of Saturday's Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, might go in the Blue Grass, but more likely will wait until the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 20. "The Lexington looks like the more favorable and logical spot," said Ethan Man's trainer, Pat Byrne. "It comes up a little quick for the Derby, but it would allow us to keep our options open. There's always the Preakness and Met Mile."

Another possibility for the Blue Grass is Equality, the runaway winner of Sunday's Tampa Bay Derby. Equality also could run in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby on April 13 at Oaklawn Park. That race may lure Buddha, an impressive allowance winner on Saturday at Gulfstream. Buddha is also being considered for the Wood, trainer James Bond said.

The other significant prep race in early April will involve champion Johannesburg, who is wintering in Ireland with trainer Aidan O'Brien. has not raced since capturing the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and will have just one prep race if he comes to the Derby. The London Daily Telegraph, quoting O'Brien, reported over the weekend that Johannesburg would make his next start April 6 in a one-mile race on an all-weather surface at Lingfield, in Great Britain.

Derailed from the Derby trail for now is High Star, who bled in his trachea in the Florida Derby.

"I knew something had to be wrong because this horse is always so consistent," trainer Nick Zito said. "Gary [Stevens] said at the half-mile pole he started making some choking noises and recommended we scope him. He was right."

Harlan's Holiday, Mayakovsky, and Ethan Man were favored in their stakes races, and Equality was a close second choice, but Medaglia d'Oro was a distant third choice, behind the odds-on Siphonic. Medaglia d'Oro, however, had the Frankel Factor, which seems to supersede all these days.

This is what kind roll Frankel is on: Asked Monday if he wanted to know Medaglia d'Oro's Beyer Speed Figure, Frankel said, "107." He was exactly right. "Really? I just guessed," he said, laughing.

Medaglia d'Oro's 107 is the best two-turn number recorded by any 3-year-old colt this year. Harlan's Holiday got a 101 in the Florida Derby. Mayakovsky earned a 102 in the Gotham. The rapidly improving Equality got a 103 in the Tampa Bay Derby. Ethan Man got a 98 in the seven-furlong Swale. And the lightly raced Buddha got a 105 for his allowance victory.

Neither Medaglia d'Oro nor Buddha were early nominees to the Triple Crown, at a cost of $600 in January, but both will be made eligible for $6,000 by the second deadline, on March 30.

Mayakovsky was scheduled to be flown back to his base in California on Tuesday to train for the Wood Memorial. Although based in California at Santa Anita, all of Mayakovsky's races have been in New York.

"You never rest as well as in your own home, so I think it's good for him to go home to rest and recover from the race," said Patrick Biancone, who trains Mayakovsky.

Last weekend's races were the first in the penultimate round of Derby preps. This Saturday, there are three races of significance. The $500,000 Jim Beam Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park will have at least eight entrants, including Saratoga Blues, Straight Gin, and Turfway's best runners this winter, Request for Parole and Perfect Drift. The $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby in Dubai will feature the best runners owned by Godolphin Racing Inc., including Norfolk Stakes winner Essence of Dubai. And the $100,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn is expected to attract Private Emblem, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes on March 2.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Mike Welsch