04/02/2011 1:13PM

Santa Anita: Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, Bench Points work

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Premier Pegasus was found to have a hairline fracture after a gallop Thursday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, and Bench Points seem to be doing everything together recently.

They were the first three finishers in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 12, a race that Premier Pegasus won by a convincing 7 3/4 lengths. Saturday, they worked minutes apart at Santa Anita. Next Saturday, the threesome could meet for the second time in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

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Trainer Bob Baffert said late Saturday afternoon that Jaycito would likely start in the Santa Anita Derby. He is also under consideration for the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on the same day.

Premier Pegasus worked five furlongs alone in 59.20 seconds under jockey Alonso Quinonez, who has been aboard the colt for all five of his starts, which includes four wins. Premier Pegasus was timed in 35.60 for the first three furlongs. The workout was his first recorded work since the Grade 2 San Felipe, a strategy that owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho said was by design and not necessity.

“I’ve got some different ideas,” he said after the workout. “Most horses are hurt during the breezes. I don’t want the horse to get hurt during the breeze.

“He gallops, sometimes two miles. I’m really happy. To me, he’s a pretty smart horse.”

Premier Pegasus, who was bred by Cho, has won three stakes, but the San Felipe over 1 1/16 miles was his first start around two turns. The Santa Anita Derby is run over 1 1/8 miles.

Jaycito has raced over 1 1/16 miles in his last three starts – a win in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Hollywood Park in October; a troubled seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November, in which he swerved to the outside on the backstretch; and the runner-up finish to Premier Pegasus, his lone start of 2011.

Saturday, Jaycito worked six furlongs in 1:13.40, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26, according to Baffert. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for the workout and will ride Jaycito next weekend.

“He was steady,” Baffert said. “I didn’t want him to do too much. He’s progressed. Before, he wouldn’t work by himself.”

Bench Points, the champion California-bred of 2010, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds shortly after the track was renovated at 7:45  a.m. Trained by Tim Yakteen, Bench Points worked alone.

Yakteen timed Bench Points through the first three furlongs in 36.40 seconds, five furlongs in 59.40, and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.

Owned by a partnership, Bench Points has won 4 of 5 starts, with the San Felipe, his first start around two turns, his only loss. Bench Points won two statebred stakes for sprinters last summer at Del Mar.

“I expect him to move forward in his second time routing,” Yakteen said. “My hopes are to win. He shows up every time and that’s all you can ask.”

Celestic Night, who will be a longshot in an expected field of 10, worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Dubawi Heights headed to Wilshire

Dubawi Heights had little difficulty winning an allowance race over a mile on turf on Friday, leading trainer Simon Callaghan to plan a start in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on April 30.

Ridden by leading rider Joel Rosario, Dubawi Heights stalked pacesetter Summer Games to the final turn before taking the lead and winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Warren’s Got Game. A 4-year-old filly, Dubawi Heights made her 2011 debut on Friday.

Owned by a partnership, Dubawi Heights has won 2 of 10 starts and $445,196. She earned most of that prize money by finishing second in two lucrative sales progeny stakes in England in 2009.