05/11/2009 11:00PM

Mythical Power still coming in to his own


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Mythical Power was sprawled in his stall out sleeping on a recent morning, dreaming, perhaps, of what lies ahead after his smashing win in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby. The developing colt turned in a career performance in 1 1/16-mile race Saturday at Lone Star Park, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 101. What's in store for him next is to be determined, said his trainer, Bob Baffert, but it appears Mythical Power might be an exciting 3-year-old for the second half of 2009.

"We're looking at big races in the summer, you know, later on," said Baffert, who trains the horse for his breeder, Peachtree Stable. "I don't know what we're going to do yet. We've got to figure out a plan. He's still developing. He's still a baby."

Baffert said Mythical Power could be considered for a race like the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.

Mythical Power, who flew out of Lone Star on Tuesday, has made just five career starts, his last three at two turns. He won his maiden in his first route start at Santa Anita in March. One start later, Mythical Power traveled to New Mexico and ran second in the $800,000 Sunland Derby. In that race he finished in front of both Mine That Bird, who was fourth and went on in his next start to win the Kentucky Derby, and Advice, who was fifth and one start later took the Grade 2 Lexington.

The company line contributed to Mythical Power being the favorite in the Lone Star Derby. He delivered in a big way, stalking the pace and closing for a 7 1/2-length win under Victor Espinoza.

"The horse is just learning," Espinoza said. "He's a young horse. He's learning race by race. I think it's just a matter of time, he can be a nice horse. I mean, he's a really good horse, but he can prove more."

"He's going to get better and better," said Baffert.

Mythical Power is a beautiful son of Congaree, the third-place finisher in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness back in 2001 who was trained by Baffert. The horse was a multiple Grade 1 winner of $3.2 million, among his wins the Wood Memorial and Swaps.

"It's good to win with a Congaree," said Baffert. "He needed this. He needed a horse like this."

Another 3-year-old with big Beyer

Mythical Power wasn't the only 3-year-old to put up a triple-digit Beyer Figure over the weekend at Lone Star. Hollywood Hit won a first-level allowance last Friday night by more than seven lengths, earning a Beyer of 100. He covered six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.20. It was the second career win for the gelding, who won his maiden at Oaklawn in March.

"He came back good, and now we're just treading water and deciding what to do next," said C.R. Trout, who bred, owns, and trains Hollywood Hit.

Trout said Hollywood Hit would be considered for a start in the $50,000 Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Classics Stakes at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. The six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma will be run on May 23.

In the future, Hollywood Hit could move to two turns, said Trout.

"We think he'll stretch out," he said. "His sisters did."

Hollywood Hit is a son of Cactus Ridge. His dam, Solid Hit, has produced stakes winners Homefieldhit and Hosanna Hit.

Seacrettina ready to return

Seacrettina, who when last seen at Lone Star was a six-length winner of the $75,000 Silver Spur, will make her first start at the track since last July in the eighth race Thursday night. The $30,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs drew a field of seven.

Seacrettina has never been beaten at Lone Star, where she won her maiden last May and then stepped up and took the Silver Spur, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, with a Beyer of 95. She has turned in a series of strong works for her first start since February, among them a bullet half-mile in 46.40 seconds here May 6.

Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Joe Petalino.

* The feature Saturday at Lone Star is the $50,000 Ford Express, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up that could draw defending champ Wind Water.