09/01/2009 11:00PM

Misremembered staying home


DEL MAR, Calif. - After Misremembered worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds on Wednesday, the 3-year-old colt was barely off the track before trainer Bob Baffert had decided to run in Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Baffert was between the Pacific Classic and the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20, but has opted to stick with the home-track advantage at Del Mar for Misremembered, who is owned by Baffert and George Jacobs.

"He's peaking and he's on top of his game right now," Baffert said. "He'll have to prove a lot, but he seems to like it here."

Misremembered has won 3 of 5 starts and $259,200. By Candy Ride, Misremembered won his first stakes in the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 18, leading throughout the 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track. The Pacific Classic is run over 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack.

"I think he'll like the distance," Baffert said.

Misremembered has won 3 of his last 4 starts. The only loss during that time was a second to Grazen in his stakes debut, the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on June 20. Since then, Misremembered has developed quickly, much to the delight of Jacobs, a close friend of Baffert's.

"We were thinking we had a good 3-year-old," Jacobs said. "He blossomed late. It's the first time I've ever had a horse like this."

Misremembered is part of an expected field of 12 led by Einstein, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in March, and Rail Trip, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July. Other probable starters are Awesome Gem, Colonel John, Global Hunter, Informed, Mast Track, Parading, Richard's Kid, Song of Navarone, and Tres Borrachos.

Awesome Gem is making his third consecutive appearance in the Pacific Classic. Trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, Awesome Gem was second, beaten a half-length by Student Council in 2007, and seventh, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by Go Between last year.

"Hopefully the third time will be the charm," Dollase said. "He's in good form right now."

Awesome Gem had erratic form last winter and spring, but has been better in his last three starts, winning an allowance race at Hollywood Park in June and finishing second in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf here on July 25 and the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 16.

Global Hunter will make his third start of the meeting in the Pacific Classic, having pulled an upset in the Eddie Read and finishing third in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes for sprinters on Aug. 8. Trainer A.C. Avila is hopeful that Global Hunter can settle at the back of a large field.

"If not, we're in big-time trouble," he said.

Avila said he was impressed with how Einstein has looked after shipping from Saratoga.

"That's the horse to beat," he said.

Champagne d'Oro cleared to run

Champagne d'Oro, a maiden race winner on Aug. 9, is scheduled to start in Saturday's $300,000 Darley Debutante after trainer Eric Guillot said a urine and blood test he had conducted late last month showed no traces of the banned steroid trenbolone.

Guillot said last weekend that he had been notified by California Horse Racing Board officials that Champagne d'Oro had tested positive on Aug. 9 for trenbolone, an anabolic steroid used to build muscles and appetite. The medication is not allowed to appear in post-race tests. The board is conducting a second test of the initial sample, which will confirm or negate the initial test. Guillot could face sanctions if the second test yields a positive.

Fearing that the medication could still be in the filly's system, Guillot ordered the separate test to determine whether he should enter the filly for Saturday's Grade 1 race for 2-year-old fillies over seven furlongs. He was notified on Wednesday that the test was clear.

Guillot will have two runners in the Debutante, led by Mi Sueno, the winner of the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 7.

"I'd like to run one-two," Guillot said. "I think it's possible."

The Debutante field includes two fillies trained by Doug O'Neill - Necessary Evil and Repo. Necessary Evil won the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile against males at Hollywood Park in July.

O'Neill did not enter Octogarian, who finished sixth in the Sorrento Stakes.

"She came up with a little bit of a shin," he said on Wednesday.

No Futurity for Sidney's Candy

Sidney's Candy, who set a track record for 5 1/2 furlongs of 1:02.71 in a maiden win on Aug. 22, will skip Monday's $300,000 Del Mar Futurity because of a sore shin, trainer John Sadler said.

"It's not bad, but we'll wait for the next town," Sadler said. "We'll be running at Oak Tree."

Sadler said that Sidney's Candy will be pointed for the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 4, a race also on the schedule of the Sadler-trained Dave in Dixie, an impressive maiden race winner on Aug. 29.