Updated on 09/16/2011 6:37AM

Monarchos on target for Donn


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos* (click here for PP's) worked six furlongs from the gate under regular jockey Jorge Chavez on Saturday as he continues to train well for his 4-year-old debut in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9.

"He hasn't started in six months and he'll need a gate work somewhere along the line, so I thought I'd just get it out of the way and work him an easy six furlongs today," said Monarchos's trainer, John Ward.

Monarchos ducked a bit to the outside leaving the gate, worked easily, finished up well, and galloped out strongly around the turn and down the backstretch. He went six furlongs in 1:16, according to this reporter (officially timed five furlongs in 1:02.60), and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29 over a track that was on the slow side.

"He continues to do well and we're right on schedule for the Donn," Ward said.

Chavez, who begins serving a seven-day suspension on Monday after being disqualified aboard the Ward-trained Explorationist on opening day, was also impressed with the work.

"I let him go along easy and he seemed to get more interested and quickened the pace a bit when he picked up another worker in front of him down the stretch," said Chavez.

Earlier on Saturday, Ward sent out his newest acquisition, the

3-year-old Booklet, who breezed five furlongs in 1:05.20. Booklet was purchased privately last week by Monarchos's owner, John Oxley, from Philip Cohen and trainer Steve Klesaris.

"It's the first time I've really gotten to do anything with him since he came into the barn a few days ago, so I just let him go a very easy five-eighths," said Ward. "I'll come back with a lot more serious work next week."

Klesaris had Booklet's 3-year-old debut targeted for the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 19, and Ward said Booklet will continue to point for that race.

Bailey reunited with Red Bullet

Jerry Bailey, who guided Red Bullet to victory in the 2000 Preakness, will climb aboard the chestnut son of Unbridled again in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Skip Away Handicap, the prep for the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9.

Bailey is 3 for 4 aboard Red Bullet and last rode him to an allowance victory at Saratoga on July 28. In Red Bullet's last two starts, he was ridden by Gary Stevens and Jorge Chavez.

"Jerry's a great rider,' trainer Joe Orseno said. "He knows him, he's won on him enough that it takes the guess work out of it for me.'

Red Bullet was assigned high weight of 118 pounds for the Skip Away, run at 1 1/16 miles. Others expected to run, and their weight assignments, include Sir Bear (116), Fappie's Notebook (115), Rize (114), Traditionally (114), Trajectory (114), Built Up (112), and On the Game (112). Possible runners include Ubiquity (115), Hal's Hope (114), and American Halo (112).

Orseno said Red Bullet would not have another timed workout leading up to the Skip Away. Red Bullet last worked Dec. 29, drilling five furlongs in 1:03 over a slow track.

"We got some miles into him,' Orseno said. "He open galloped this morning and went a mile in 1:48; some people would consider that a breeze. I'm real happy with him.'

On the Game breezed five furlongs in 1:02.80 for the Skip Away. A 4-year-old son of Prospect Bay, On the Game has five wins and two seconds from eight starts. In his only appearance in a graded stakes, On the Game finished sixth in the Ohio Derby.

"We never came up with an explanation for that race,' trainer David Bell said. "He came back well and has run well since. This is a big step to come out of his 3-year-old year against this group but it's time to find out about him.'

Fappie's Notebook, who comes out of a victory in the seven-furlong Kenny Noe Handicap, will stretch out to two turns in the Skip Away. He is 3 for 4 in route races, including a victory in the Seminole Handicap last April at Hialeah.

On Saturday, Fappie's Notebook breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at Calder.

Two spots possible for Mandy's Gold

Mandy's Gold, whose only loss in five career starts came via disqualification in Aqueduct's Grade 3 Comely Stakes, worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:01 Saturday.

"She really worked well today considering how slow the track was out there this morning," said trainer Mike Gorham. "She's ready to run."

Gorham added it's just a question of whether to bring her back in the First Lady Handicap, a six-furlong race Jan. 18, or in a four-other-than allowance Jan. 23.

Gorham stopped on Mandy's Gold, who won all three of her starts here last winter, after the Comely, and she encountered several minor setbacks in the fall.

"I had her in a race at Laurel a few weeks ago, but she got sick and I had to scratch," said Gorham. "So she's plenty fit."

Red's Honor gets shot at big time

After winning six of his last eight starts - including three straight Indiana-bred stakes at Hoosier Park - Red's Honor will get an opportunity to run with the big boys in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap.

"My horse has a lot of talent, but he's never been tested,' trainer Dale Romans said. "He won six races last year, so I got no choice but to test him.'

Red's Honor, a 4-year-old son of Glitterman, has twice faced open stakes company, finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge at Belmont in June and fourth in the Carry Back at Calder in July. After getting a freshening, Red's Honor won three in a row at Hoosier, including the Ben Harrison Stakes at

1 1/16 miles in which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 103. That race was Oct. 27 and he has not run since.

On Friday, he drilled five furlongs from the gate in 1:02.40 over Gulfstream Park's main track.

Romans said Pat Day would ride Red's Honor, who was assigned

114 pounds for the Mr. Prospector. Others expected to run include Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship winner Hook and Ladder (116 pounds), defending Mr. Prospector winner Istintaj (115), Kipperscope (114), Personal First (113), Secret Romeo (113), and Brereton (111).

- additional reporting by David Grening

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