12/30/2008 12:00AM

Sing Baby Sing eyes Oaklawn


Sing Baby Sing, the upset winner of the Grade 3 Phoenix who went on to finish sixth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in his last start Oct. 25, is being seriously considered for an Oaklawn campaign, said his trainer, Jack Bruner.

Sing Baby Sing could make his first start of the year in Oaklawn's $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes on March 21, while his main objective there will be the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on April 10.

"We kind of looked at going to California again this winter with him, but we'll probably stay close to home and shoot toward Hot Springs," said Bruner, who trains Sing Baby Sing for Tom Durant.

Sing Baby Sing is in light training at Lone Star Park, which is operating as a training center. Last year, Bruner made a decision to focus on sprinting with the versatile horse, who is a stakes winner at one turn and two, and on dirt and turf. The move led to a start in the Phoenix at Keeneland.

Sing Baby Sing equaled his best career Beyer Figure, a 101, in the Oct. 4 race, in which he went off at 26-1. From there, he traveled to Southern California and finished 6 1/2 lengths behind Midnight Lute in the Breeders' Cup. Sing Baby Sing earned a Beyer of 95.

"I don't think he ran to his capabilities," Bruner said. "He got off the plane with a terrible cough. We scoped him a couple of times before we ran him and never saw anything. He had a dry cough and I think that affected him to some extent."

Bruner said Sing Baby Sing came out of the race in good order. The horse has won 7 of 18 starts and $399,620.

Stimulus Plan won't return til summer

Stimulus Plan, who put in a powerful closing bid to finish third in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot last month at Delta Downs, came out of the race with an injury to his right hind pastern and is expected to make his return to racing this summer, said his trainer, Mark Casse.

"He had surgery and will be out for the next 90 days, unfortunately," said Casse.

Stimulus Plan had been sent to Casse's division in Southern California following the Jackpot. Casse said the horse came out of the race well, but he was not comfortable with how Stimulus Plan was moving and took X-rays, which revealed a small fracture line in the pastern. Stimulus Plan had surgery in California and will eventually be shipped to Ocala, Fla.

"It was quite disappointing, but the bright spot in all of this is that he'll be fine and we're looking forward to big things from him this summer," Casse said. "The ultimate goal is the Travers. How he gets there, I'm not sure yet, but I'd say it would be through Woodbine."

Stimulus Plan closed from 14 lengths back in the Jackpot to finish 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Big Drama. He earned a career-best Beyer of 93. Before the race, Stimulus Plan had run third in the Grade 3 Grey at Woodbine.

Wrenice eyes comeback at Lone Star

Wrenice was noticeably absent from the Texas Champions Day card last month at Retama Park, but with good reason. She is getting some turn-out time in Corsicana, Texas.

"She had some feet problems back at Retama and just never did overcome it, so we went ahead and let Mother Nature take care of her business," said Randy Mayfield, who trains Wrenice, an eight-time stakes winner with earnings of $464,034. "She just needed time."

Mayfield said Wrenice is scheduled to resume training on Feb. 1, with her comeback expected to come this summer at Lone Star. Mayfield has been building a private training center in Corsicana, and said Wrenice, 5, would get started back at that facility, which has a seven-furlong track.

"Hopefully, she gets on a good roll," he said. "My intentions are to travel with her and maybe try for a graded race if she's that caliber of horse still, and I'm pretty sure she will be."