02/12/2010 1:00AM

The Program might ship out for Risen Star


With so many of his 3-year-olds trying to get to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert is attempting to keep them apart. Because of that, he said on Friday that he is thinking of sending The Program to Fair Grounds for next Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes. The Program comes off a nose victory over stablemate Indian Firewater in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race here Feb. 3, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 77.

Baffert said that if The Program does head to Fair Grounds, he will keep Indian Firewater at Santa Anita and point him to the Grade 3, $150,000 Sham Stakes on Feb. 27.