09/10/2009 11:00PM

Next stop Oklahoma for Duke of Mischief

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Trainer David Fawkes says Duke of Mischief will be pointed to the Oklahoma Derby at Remington on Oct. 11.

MIAMI - Duke of Mischief has returned to his Calder base none the worse for wear from his unlucky trip in Monday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, according to trainer David Fawkes.

Duke of Mischief, who went off the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, lost his best chance right out of the gate when he first stumbled and then got pinched between horses to lose valuable position at the start. He recovered to get within striking distance down the backstretch but was hung wide throughout and never seriously threatened the leaders while finishing a well-beaten fourth behind runaway winner Gone Astray.

"He had a rough trip, and I don't think he liked that deep and loose surface very much either," said Fawkes. "He would never have beaten the winner that day anyway, even with a perfect trip."

Fawkes said Duke of Mischief will be pointed to the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Oct. 11.

Fawkes also said that Big Drama will be given a bit of a break following his sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27.

"He's had a hard campaign, and we just decided to give him a little breather," said Fawkes. "He's still down at Monmouth Park, and at the moment, we have nothing picked out for him, although this probably means any chances of making the Breeders' Cup are out."

Fawkes had been considering both the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and BC Sprint for Big Drama, who earlier this year set a seven-furlong course record at Gulfstream when disqualified from an apparent victory in the Grade 2 Swale and more recently missed by a neck after opening a long lead in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby.

Jackson Bend will train to In Reality

Jackson Bend, the undisputed leader of the local 2-year-old division, breezed an easy six furlongs in 1:16.40 here over a wet-fast track Friday. The work was the first for Jackson Bend since his victory in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes on Aug. 29.

Trainer Stanley Gold has indicated that he plans to train Jackson Bend up to the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes on Oct. 17 in which he will try to complete a sweep of the open division of the Florida Stallion series.

Golden Spikes nearing comeback

Golden Spikes, a local representative in the 2008 King's Bishop, worked five furlongs in 1:01.78 here Friday. It was the second recorded trial for the Grade 2 winner since he returned from Ocala, Fla., last month.

Golden Spikes was sent to the farm to recuperate from a foot abscess shortly after his fifth-place finish behind Cool Coal Man in a high-priced optional claiming race at Gulfstream in late January. Golden Spikes began his career with trainer Marty Wolfson but is presently under the tutelage of Dave Vivian.

If all goes well, Golden Spikes could begin his comeback in an overnight stakes here later this month.