02/21/2007 12:00AM

Vacation over, Bushfire back with Kenneally


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Bushfire, who was given time off to freshen up following her 11th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, has returned to trainer Eddie Kenneally's barn at Palm Meadows to begin preparations for her 4-year-old campaign.

Bushfire, a daughter of Louis Quatorze, was a three-time Grade 1 winner at 3, with victories in the Ashland, Acorn, and Mother Goose. She also finished third following a rough trip in the Kentucky Oaks.

"She had a hard campaign last year, so we decided it was in her best interests just to turn her out on the farm for a while after the Breeders' Cup," said Kenneally. "She came back to me last week, so she's really just starting back, and at the moment it's too far off to have any specific race in mind for her return."

The other big horse in Kenneally's barn, the multiple graded stakes winner Kelly's Landing, worked a bullet half-mile in 46.80 seconds at Palm Meadows on Wednesday.

Kelly's Landing, who lost all chance in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at the post position draw when he pulled the outside in a field of 14, opened his 2007 campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap here on Jan. 6. In his last start, Kelly's Landing, a 6-year-old son of Patton, finished fifth and last after chasing the early pace in the 6 1/2-furlong Deputy Minister Handicap.

Kenneally said "we'll probably pass" the seven-furlong Richter Scale on March 3. "I think six furlongs is best for him," Kenneally said, "and we'll probably look for something down the road somewhere at that distance."

Turf likely next for Dreaming of Anna

Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 over the main track at Palm Meadows on Wednesday. It was her second work since suffering the first loss of her career, which came at the hands of the speedy Dream Rush in the Old Hat Stakes here on Feb. 10.

"She came out of the Old Hat well and is doing super," said trainer Wayne Catalano. "She came away from the gate scrambling in her last start and I don't think the track really suited her. We'll take a look at the turf stakes here this weekend. Either way her next start will probably be on the grass."

Catalano was referring to Sunday's $100,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, to be decided at 1o1/16 miles on the turf. The race shares top billing on Sunday's card along with the The Very One Handicap for older fillies and mares on the grass.

Among the fillies expected to launch their 3-year-old campaigns in the Gaily Gaily are turf stakes winners Audacious Chloe and Pay Wright.

Audacious Chloe, who is trained by Todd Pletcher, has not started since finishing second, beaten a neck, in the Oct. 26 Jessamine Stakes on the Keeneland turf course. Pay Wright won her final three starts at 2, all on the grass, including the Salem County and John Franks Juvenile Filly Turf stakes.

"She had some minor issues so we backed off on her for a while," said Pay Wright's trainer, George Weaver. "She's ready to go now, and there are plenty of opportunities ahead."

Johannesburg Star on for Fountain

Johannesburg Star, who shipped to south Florida after opening his 3oyear-old campaign finishing second as the favorite in Aqueduct's Count Fleet Stakes, remains on target for the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth here on March 3.

Johannesburg Star shipped into the barn of trainer Colin Maragh at Gulfstream Park, where he was credited with working a half-mile in 49 seconds last week.

"I gave him an easy breeze the first time, but he'll come back and work six furlongs on Sunday," said Maragh. "He's already put some weight on since he arrived, and little by little I can see a change in him since he came down here. I know we're going to hook up with all the monsters in the Fountain of Youth, but this way we'll be able to tell what we've got."