04/21/2010 11:00PM

Misremembered gets a vacation


Misremembered, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap last month, will be pointed for a two- or three-race campaign in the second half of the year, trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday.

Misremembered has been based at Churchill Downs recently, but will be sent back to California. Baffert hopes to have Misremembered ready by the end of Del Mar in early September, with the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 7.

"I'm pointing him for the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said. "I don't want to run him too many times."

Two good prospects for longer races

Excessive Passion's upset win in Wednesday's $75,000 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on the opening day of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting left trainer Jeff Bonde thinking the colt can be effective in much longer races.

Excessive Passion closed from eighth in a field of 10 to win by a half-length over 20-1 pacesetter Locksley Hall. Smiling Tiger, also trained by Bonde, finished third in the field of 10. The trainer said Smiling Tiger is a candidate for two-turn races.

"We're hoping to stretch them out," Bonde said.

Excessive Passion was sidelined because of a virus last December after finishing last of eight as the even-money favorite in the Lost in the Fog Juvenile Stakes at Turf Paradise. A post-race examination revealed that Excessive Passion displaced his palate during the race and could not breathe well.

One option for Excessive Passion and Smiling Tiger is the $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on turf here on June 20.