Updated on 09/16/2011 8:01AM

War Emblem breezes in 48.80

War Emblem breezes a 48.80-second half-mile under Manny Vila at Del Mar on Wednesday morning.

DEL MAR, Calif. - In his first workout since a convincing victory in the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 4, top 3-year-old War Emblem breezed a half-mile in 48.80 seconds on Wednesday, without being urged.

Working alone, War Emblem worked off the rail under exercise rider Dana Barnes and finished well, galloping out through the clubhouse turn. "The main thing is to keep him fit and happy," said trainer Bob Baffert. "He came off the track bucking."

Owned by The Thoroughbred Corp., War Emblem is likely to reappear in the $1 million Pacific Classic against older horses on Aug. 25, but the $1 million Travers Stakes against 3-year-olds at Saratoga on Aug. 24 remains a possibility.

"We've got until the 20th to decide," Baffert said.

War Emblem won the Illinois Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes during the spring. The Haskell at Monmouth Park was his first start since finishing eighth in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

There are nine probables for the Pacific Classic, the meeting's richest race. War Emblem would face fellow 3-year-old Came Home as well as older horses Arbiter, Bonus Pack, Euchre, Grey Memo, Milwaukee Brew, Momentum, and Sky Jack.

Waingarth leads allowance field

Waingarth, who won the Real Good Deal Stakes here last summer, makes his 4-year-old debut on Friday in a difficult $70,000 allowance race.

The six-furlong allowance race has drawn six runners, including three horses nominated for Sunday's Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap - Impressive Grades, Lebontempsroutlet, and Waingarth.

Trained by John Sadler for Oakcrest Stable, Waingarth has not started since finishing second in the On Trust Handicap for California-breds at Hollywood Park last November.

Last fall, Waingarth underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from an ankle. He was given four months off before resuming training, Sadler said.

"As well as he's been training, I expect him to run well," Sadler said.

Waingarth has had two bullet workouts since arriving at Del Mar, but faces a tough field in Friday's sixth race.

Lebontempsroulet was an impressive two-length winner of an allowance race/optional claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 1, his first start since February.

Stormy Jack, who beat Waingarth in the On Trust Handicap and was second in the 2001 California Cup Sprint, is making his first start since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita. Radiata, fourth in the Los Angeles Handicap on June 2, and Impressive Grades, fourth in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap on July 27, also have stakes form.

Sadler said Waingarth's goal is the California Cup at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

In coming weeks, Sadler will chose between the $250,000 Classic over 1 1/8 miles or the $150,000 Sprint over six furlongs as Waingarth's goal.

"He'll make his living against California-breds," Sadler said.

The Pat O'Brien is the final graded sprint for males at Del Mar. Disturbingthepeace, who has developed into the leading sprinter in California this summer with two stakes wins, will face Blu Air Force, I Love Silver, Komax, and Mellow Fellow.

Saturday's La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds on turf is led by stakes winners Do Holiday, Inesperado, Mountain Rage, and Regiment.

Virus catches up to Baffert, Harty

A backstretch virus spreading among 2-year-olds has hit trainers Bob Baffert and Eoin Harty.

Baffert said that Friendly Mike, the winner of a maiden race in his career debut on Aug. 3, is out of training and will not start in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes next Wednesday.

Baffert said other top 2-year-olds, such as Bull Market, Icecoldbeeratreds, and Vindication, have not shown signs of illness. He said they all could be entered in the Best Pal.

"We'll enter a bunch and who ever is not sick runs," he said.

Trainer Eoin Harty said 18 of his 2-year-olds - half his stable - are sick, with a buildup of mucus. Harty, who trains for the Maktoum family's Godolphin stable, will not have a starter in the weekend's maiden races.

"We're out of commission," Harty said.

The list of Harty's sick horses includes Inamorato, a maiden winner at Hollywood Park who was considered a Best Pal hopeful.

Four horses were scratched from Wednesday's card after being reported sick to track officials.

* Kalookan Queen, third as the even-money favorite in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 14, worked five furlongs in 57.20 seconds on Wednesday in preparation for a defense of her title in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 25. She will face a field that includes Go Go, who worked seven furlongs in 1:26.40 on Wednesday.

* Through the first three weeks of the meeting, handle and attendance figures continue to show increases over last year. Average total handle of $11,735,497 is a gain of 6.7 percent, while on track attendance of 16,370 is up 5.7 percent. Del Mar has raised purses five percent as a reflection of the growth.