01/11/2006 12:00AM

Wanna Runner tries big boys

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Stevie Wonderboy makes his first two-turn start in Saturday's San Rafael at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - For a gelding making his stakes debut, Wanna Runner will face a severe test in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Wanna Runner enters the race on a two-race winning streak, but must face Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy and Hollywood Futurity winner Brother Derek in the one-mile San Rafael.

"We'll find out if he fits," Baffert said. "He's a fighter. I know that when he'll look a horse in the eye, he'll fight them off. That's half the battle right there."

Owned by Mike Pegram, Wanna Runner finished fifth and eighth in his first two starts. He was gelded in late summer and has not lost since. Wanna Runner won a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles by a nose at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25 and returned to win a first-condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles here Dec. 26.

The latter race impressed Baffert. Wanna Runner was near the front throughout and fought off a challenge from The Five J's before drawing off to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

"He ran a nice race," Baffert said.

Wanna Runner's speed will make him a factor in the San Rafael, which will have a short field. Brother Derek can lead, but is best as a stalker, trainer Dan Hendricks said. Stevie Wonderboy is a closer who will be trying two turns for the first time.

Two other colts were considered candidates on Wednesday: Sailors Sunset and Woody Be Quick. Both will be outsiders.

Baffert is passing the San Rafael with Bob and John, who finished third behind Brother Derek in the Hollywood Futurity last month.

"It's too soon for Bob and John," Baffert said.

Baffert said the $100,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 4 is a possibility for Bob and John instead of the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows on Jan. 29.

"I won't ship up north," Baffert said.

Brecon Beacon gives main track a whirl

Brecon Beacon, third in the Oak Tree Derby in October, will make his main-track debut in Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes for 4-year-olds.

Trained by Doug O'Neill for a partnership that includes Paul Reddam and New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, Brecon Beacon finished fifth in his last start, the Sir Beaufort Stakes on turf here on Dec. 26.

But after O'Neill considered Brecon Beacon's recent works on dirt, the decision was made to try the main track in a race.

"Why not try it?" O'Neill said. "He trains super when he works on it."

Stakes-placed on dirt in England last year, Brecon Beacon later finished second in a 21-runner handicap at one mile at the Royal Ascot meeting.

"He came over with the tag of liking a firm turf," O'Neill said. "There doesn't seem to be any Rock Hard Tens in the field, so let's give it a try."

Rock Hard Ten was the standout 4-year-old of the 2004-05 Santa Anita meeting, winning the Malibu Stakes, Strub Stakes, and the Santa Anita Handicap.

Saturday's San Fernando, run at 1 1/16 miles, has a field of eight probable starters: Canteen, Brecon Beacon, Distorted, Greeley's Galaxy, Osidy, Sort It Out, Swing Your Partner, and Unbridled Energy.

Osidy was entered in a $60,000 optional claimer on turf on Friday, but may start in the San Fernando, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Greeley's Galaxy, who won the Illinois Derby last April, worked a mile in 1:39.60 on Tuesday at Santa Anita. He finished seventh in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes here on Dec. 26 in his first start since finishing seventh in the Preakness Stakes last May.

Two O'Neill starters in El Encino

O'Neill will start Cream Donut Keith and Skipping Court in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. Other probable starters in what will definitely be a short field are Shimmer and Three Degrees.

O'Neill said that Sharp Lisa, the winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes here last February, will be pointed for the $200,000 La Canada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 12.

No more turf racing for Star Parade

Star Parade, who finished 10th as part of a favored entry in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap on turf last Sunday, has seen the last of that surface, trainer Darrell Vienna said.

"I probably shouldn't have run her on the turf," Vienna said. "She was rank. I don't know if we'll run her on the grass anymore."

Owned by Gary Tanaka, Star Parade, 7, won the Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park in December. Vienna said she will be pointed for the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on March 11, a race in which she finished second in 2004.

Attila's Storm has rapid half-mile work

Attila's Storm, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, worked a half-mile in 45.80 seconds on Tuesday, the fastest of 31 recorded works at the distance.

Fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in October, Attila's Storm is being prepared for the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs on Jan. 21.

"He worked in stride without whipping and driving," trainer Eduardo Inda said of the drill. Attila's Storm is trained by Richard Schosberg, but is based with Inda.

"The workout was a little too fast, but it didn't look like it was too fast," Inda said.

Proud Tower Too, who won the Malibu in an upset, worked a mile in 1:40 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. Trained by Sal Gonzalez, Proud Tower Too has won two consecutive stakes, including the On Trust Handicap for statebreds at Hollywood Park last month.

Race replays to air Mondays

A 30-minute race replay program will begin airing on Monday in the Los Angeles area on KJLA (Channel 57). The program will be presented each racing day at 7:30 p.m.

Since the start of the meeting on Dec. 26, the replay program was available only on HRTV, which has limited reach on cable and satellite systems.

Track officials acknowledged that the lack of a replay program on over-the-air television had resulted in inquiries and complaints from racing fans.