07/12/2010 11:00PM

Setback delays Daytona's comeback


The comeback of the six-time stakes winner Daytona has been postponed, trainer Dan Hendricks said on Tuesday.

A winner of 8 of 18 starts and $991,690, Daytona resumed training earlier this spring for an intended comeback this summer, but a recent injury has put those plans on hold.

"We were trying to get him back and he had a small issue that came up," Hendricks said. "We'll regroup and try to get him going by the end of the year."

Daytona has not started since finishing 10th in the 2008 BC Mile at Santa Anita. In May 2009, Daytona was found to have a tear in a tendon that ended plans for a start in 2009.

Now 6, Daytona won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 2007 and the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in 2008.

Promising filly set for debut

Hendricks has a solid record with 2-year-old first-time starters and has such a runner in Rigoletta in Thursday's fifth race. By Concerto, Rigoletta was purchased for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeders' sale in Florida in April and has worked quickly in recent weeks at Santa Anita.

"She got a real good mind," Hendricks said.

The race is run over 5 1/2 furlongs and has drawn eight 2-year-old fillies, including six first-time starters.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer starts Indian Gracey, who has worked quickly in recent weeks. Baffert starts A Z Warrior, a Bernardini filly with quick works in late June and early July.