03/08/2010 12:00AM

Misremembered may go to Oaklawn


Misremembered's win in the Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday has trainer Bob Baffert dreaming of a start in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

After all, Misremembered was second on that track in the Grade 2 Clark Handicap in November and conquered the BC Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles for the first time in the Big Cap.

For Misremembered's next start, Baffert is strongly considering the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on dirt on April 3.

"I think my horses run better on dirt," he said.

Misremembered ended a streak of three-second place finishes in major stakes in the Big Cap, a period of frustration for Baffert, who bred the colt, and his wife, Jill, who co-owns the 4-year-old with George Jacobs. They expected Misremembered to win the Grade 2 Strub Stakes on Feb. 13.

"Last time, I was so disappointed," Baffert said. "You've got to let him roll. He's got one speed. He really dug in, and the mile and a quarter was not a problem for him.

"After he lost the [Strub], Jill said, 'He's not that good,' " Baffert recalled. "I said, 'What are you talking about? He is that good.' To win this race, it's a huge race."