05/14/2006 11:00PM

Queen's Plate next up for Wanna Runner

Lisa Stutes / Coady Photography
After his decisive victory in the Lone Star Derby, Wanna Runner has won races at four different tracks.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Wanna Runner has proven to be a horse who takes his track with him and next month the plan is to take him to his native Canada for the $1 million Queen's Plate. He remains on course for the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown after easily winning the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby here last Saturday.

It was the fourth victory in eight lifetime starts for Wanna Runner, whose wins have all come over different tracks. He won his maiden at Hollywood Park in November, an entry-level allowance at Santa Anita in December, and the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park one race before the Lone Star Derby.

"I've always thought he was a nice horse, but he's just getting better," said Bob Baffert, who trains Wanna Runner for Mike Pegram. "I told Mike early, he's like his sire. We're going to take our time with him and make some money with him."

Wanna Runner is by El Corredor, whom Baffert trained. El Corredor, who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Roman Ruler, made his career debut late in his 2-year-old season. He captured the biggest win of his career at 3, in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November 2000. El Corredor also won three Grade 2 races during his career, all under Victor Espinoza, who has been a regular rider on Wanna Runner.

Baffert said provided that Wanna Runner is doing well, he will make his next start in the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-breds to be run at Woodbine on June 25. The horse was scheduled to fly from Texas back to his Southern California base this week. He has earned $566,950.

Wait in Line rallied for second at 46-1 in the Lone Star Derby. He has options for his next start, said his trainer, Chris Hartman.

"The next race we're looking at is the turf race here, the Pin Oak," he said. "We're looking at that one or the Iowa Derby."

There is also a chance, Hartman said, that Wait in Line, who is stakes-placed on turf, could make both races. The $150,000 Pin Oak Stud USA will be run on May 29. The $250,000 Iowa Derby will be run at Prairie Meadows on June 30.

Admiral's Arch was third in the Lone Star Derby, one start after winning the $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park.

"Admiral's Arch will probably go on to Churchill and run in the Northern Dancer on June 17," said trainer Steve Asmussen. "That's my plan right now."

The Grade 3, $200,000 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup is to be run over 1 1/16 miles, the same distance of the Lone Star Derby.

Company lines point to 'Ruth'

Truth by Ruth has finished second to stakes winners Comalagold and My Misty Princess in her last two starts and that makes her appealing in the featured eighth race Wednesday night. The one-mile optional claimer on turf is for fillies and mares, and the chief rivals to the Danny Pish-trained Truth by Ruth appear to be Bartok's Banco, Goodie Good Girl, and Doc's Belle.

Truth by Ruth put in a strong bid in a one-mile turf allowance last out to finish 1 1/2 lengths behind My Misty Princess, who will likely make her next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star on May 29, according to her trainer, Asmussen. Justin Shepherd was aboard Truth by Ruth in the allowance and has the return call from Pish.

* This is the final Wednesday night card of the Lone Star meet. The track will race on a Thursday through Sunday basis on most weeks through the end of the season July 23. There are some holiday cards during that time, including the Memorial Day program May 29.

* Jockey Roman Chapa broke his collarbone in the seventh race Friday night, said his agent, Shawn Bergquist. He could be sidelined for six weeks. Chapa was injured when he was thrown from his mount, Substantiate, who fell approaching the sixteenth pole of the race. Chapa is tied for fourth in the standings at Lone Star.