01/18/2006 12:00AM

A. P. Warrior gets ready for El Camino Real


ARCADIA, Calif. - You would expect one of the circuit's top 3-year-old colts to work six furlongs faster than 1:14.40, but the Santa Anita surface on which A. P. Warrior worked Wednesday was markedly slow. As for the workout time, trainer Eoin Harty said: "It's not what I wanted, but it was the second-fastest work at the distance. The track is a little off. It's hard to get a handle [on the times]."

Barring a wet track, A. P. Warrior will run Jan. 29 in the El Camino Real at Bay Meadows. The $100,000 Sham Stakes on Feb. 4 at Santa Anita is the backup plan for A. P. Warrior.

Twelve horses worked six furlongs Wednesday, and Senor Swinger was the only horse to work fast, finishing in 1:11.80. Harty will tighten the screws for A. P. Warrior's next work. "He's a lazy horse on his own; I'll throw him in company next week," he said.

Wanna Runner eyes El Camino Real

Wanna Runner, third behind Brother Derek in the Grade 2 San Rafael on Saturday, could also run back in the El Camino Real. Wanna Runner got hot in the post parade for the San Rafael, was under a ride into the far turn, and backed up. "He's a better horse than that," Baffert said.

Baffert is loaded this year with promising 3-year-olds colts, including Bob and John, Wanna Runner, Point Determined, Enforcement, and maidens Royal Legacy and Point of Impact. Enforcement, who was sidelined with shin problems after a maiden win last summer at Del Mar, will have his first comeback breeze this weekend.

Outta Here retired

The durable veteran Outta Here, stakes-placed at ages 2, 3, and 5, has been retired after sustaining a sesamoid injury at Hollywood Park on Dec. 20. Owner and trainer Bill Currin said Outta Here "stepped in a hole and broke a sesamoid" during a half-mile workout.

A 6-year-old by Dehere, Outta Here had been aiming for the Grade 2 San Marcos on Sunday at Santa Anita. He retires with three wins and earnings of $657,167 from 28 starts. His richest victory was in the $500,000 Delta Downs Jackpot in 2002. Currin, who owns Outta Here with Alvin Eisman, said he is "talking to a lot of different farms" regarding Outta Here's future as a stallion. "I think he'll be an awfully good sire," Currin said.

Another Currin-trained horse, Bashert, one of the leading 2-year-olds in California last year, remains in a holding pattern from an injury that occurred after he kicked himself when he flipped in the paddock before the Del Mar Futurity in September. Bashert is based at Hollywood and tack-walking daily.

"I'm still hoping to be able to make the Derby with him," Currin said, emphasizing that Bashert "is not bowed."

Bashert has won 1 of 5 starts and finished second in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile and Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes. Bashert stopped training last month when a knot on his leg persisted.

"I didn't want to run the risk [of serious injury]," Currin said. "I'm putting him on the back burner, checking him daily. When the bad luck runs out, there's only one other kind."

Jet West looking to even score

Attila's Storm will be the 119-pound highweight Saturday in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap, a six-furlong race in which With Distinction bids for his second stakes of the meet. Jet West, however, could be the horse to beat.

"His last race was pretty phenomenal," said Ted West, who trains Jet West with son Ted H. West. Jet West finished third in the 5 1/2-furlong El Conejo on Jan. 2, beaten a head by With Distinction, but Jet West may have run better than him.

Jet West was rated behind the pace, dropped seven lengths back, raced wide, got hit across the nose with a rival's whip, but still made up nearly seven lengths while racing over a sloppy, speed-favoring track.

Also expected in the Palos Verdes are Gray Black N White and Major Success.

Lukas: Folklore wasn't in best shape

Folklore was short on fitness when she finished third in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez on Monday, according to trainer Wayne Lukas.

On Dec. 27, Lukas sent Folklore to work five furlongs in 58.80 seconds, the fastest of 54 works at the distance.

"When she worked, I said whoa, let's not get ahead of ourselves," Lukas said. "I don't want to be that tight, that sharp, in January."

Lukas said he backed off slightly on Folklore and consequently left her "a little bit short" for the Santa Ynez.

Folklore's entrymate, Dance Daily, won the seven-furlong Santa Ynez with an 88 Beyer. Both fillies will aim for the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 11 at one mile.

Dream of Summer on target

Grade 1 winner Dream of Summer will be one of the leading California-bred runners to race Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park in the Sunshine Millions series when she starts in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at 1 1/16 miles. Dream of Summer won the Apple Blossom Handicap last spring at Oaklawn Park, and trainer Juan Garcia said she will follow a similar campaign this year.

"She's training good, and she's going to be fresh," Garcia said. Dream of Summer has won 10 races and more than $1 million from 18 starts. She finished second in her last start, the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap Dec. 11 at Hollywood Park. Garcia said John Velazquez will ride Dream of Summer.

Joining her at Gulfstream will be Red Warrior, who will try to repeat in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint. Red Warrior scored a $97 upset in the Sprint last year at Santa Anita.

* Proposed, who earned a 95 Beyer winning the Grade 2 El Encino on Sunday, faces a tough test if she returns Feb. 12 in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. That's because Pussycat Doll, whose last two Beyers are 111 and 97, will return in that race.