02/17/2010 12:00AM

Rough return spot for Danger to Society


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Danger to Society, a Kentucky Derby candidate here last winter, will try to jump-start his career following a lengthy hiatus when he faces six rivals, including old nemesis Saratoga Sinner, in Thursday's $51,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Danger to Society registered a pair of easy victories to begin his career, including a 1 1/8-mile allowance race in impressive fashion in his local debut in January 2009. But after finishing seventh behind Saratoga Sinner as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Holy Bull later that month, Danger to Society was transferred from trainer Ken McPeek to Rick Dutrow by owners Lansdon Robbins and Samuel Delane.

Danger to Society got one last chance to earn a spot in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, shipping to Oaklawn Park for the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, but after pressing the pace for six furlongs he tired badly and wound up ninth behind Papa Clem. He has not started since.

"He had some bruised cannon bones, if I remember right," Dutrow said. "I just had to back off him. But he's training the right way, he's ready to run, and I'm happy to have him in this race, although after being away this long and running this far he'll probably need a race to show his true colors."

Even at his best, Danger to Society would have his hands full Thursday against Battle Plan, who was also an easy winner here in January 2009 before going to the sidelines for an extended vacation. Battle Plan, an Overbrook Farm homebred trained by Todd Pletcher, looked like he hadn't missed a beat, however, when he returned from a one-year layoff to defeat first-level opposition easily by 3 1/4 widening lengths going a mile during the opening week of the meet. He received a career-best 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

Headache will wear blinkers for the first time while also breaking from the advantageous inside post. There is a short run to the first turn in 1 1/8-mile races at this track. A former claimer picked up by his present connections for $25,000 last fall at Belmont Park, Headache rebounded from his poorest effort in some time here on opening day to finish second in a four-horse field going 10 furlongs two weeks ago.

Chris Got Even, Beresford, and Atlantic Paws complete the lineup.