07/12/2005 12:00AM

Well-earned vacation

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Jim Lisa
Woke Up Dreamin, who sustained a small quarter crack winning last Sunday's Smile at Calder (above), will be pointed to the BC Sprint.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Del Mar will be home for Woke Up Dreamin this summer, but he is due for a break after winning his second straight graded sprint last Sunday.

"He's had two good, hard races," trainer Bob Baffert said, adding that Woke Up Dreamin popped a small quarter crack after the Grade 2 Smile on Sunday at Calder. "I'm going to freshen him up, run him once this fall, then the Breeders' Cup."

The Breeders' Cup will be held Oct. 29 at Belmont Park, where Woke Up Dreamin won the Grade 2 True North Handicap.

The Baffert-trained Roman Ruler, winner of the Grade 2 Dwyer, will remain at Belmont even after the spring meet ends. Baffert is reluctant to ship Roman Ruler to Saratoga because the colt has foot problems in wet weather. Roman Ruler's next start is undetermined.

At home in California, Baffert will focus attention Saturday on the Grade 3, six-furlong Hollywood Juvenile Championship. He will start impressive debut winner What a Song, who earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure first out. What a Song will face Bashert, who earned a 99 Beyer winning his second start. What a Song worked five furlongs Monday in 59.20 seconds.

"He's extremely fast," Baffert said. "We're trying to harness his speed."

What a Song was purchased for $1.9 million by Bob and Beverly Lewis at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Leave Me Alone headed to Saratoga

Leave Me Alone bagged her first graded stakes last Sunday at Calder in the Grade 3 Azalea, and trainer Eric Kruljac will set sights on an even more prestigious sprint for 3-year-old fillies - the Grade 1 Test Stakes on Aug. 6 at Saratoga. Leave Me Alone won the Azalea with a career-best 102 Beyer while running outside California for the first time.

"She shipped like a total pro, got back [Monday], ate everything, and acts like she came out of the race in good shape," Kruljac said.

Leave Me Alone is a California-bred by Bold Badgett, with 4 wins and earnings of $336,370 in 7 starts for owner Stephen Mitchell. The Calder Summit of Speed program was delayed one day because of a hurricane, but Kruljac said track officials "were wonderful. They really reach out to horsemen. I would love to go back next year with this filly."

Pat O'Brien next for Unfurl the Flag

Triple Bend Handicap winner Unfurl the Flag will skip the Grade 1, six-furlong Bing Crosby on July 31 at Del Mar, and wait for the Grade 2, seven-furlong Pat O'Brien on Aug. 21. It makes sense. Unfurl the Flag's last three starts at seven furlongs or longer have produced three wins and Beyer Figures of 106 or higher.

"The Pat O'Brien is perfect - he loves the distance," trainer David Bernstein said.

Although he's uncertain whether Unfurl the Flag likes Del Mar as well as Hollywood Park, Bernstein said the horse's Del Mar races were a long time ago.

Unfurl the Flag was claimed for $40,000 from his maiden win at Del Mar as a 2-year-old, and the now 5-year-old gelding has since earned more than $500,000. Unfurl the Flag will face Triple Bend runner-up McCann's Mojave in the Pat O'Brien, which will be run Aug. 21 on the Pacific Classic undercard. By then, Berstein's rags-to-riches Truly a Judge will be ready to return.

A $20,000 claim in late 2001, Truly a Judge has since won nine races and $687,421 for a career record of 12 for 44 and total earnings of $735,131. The 7-year-old Truly a Judge won back-to-back Grade 3's in December and January, and was turned out after finishing 10th in the Santa Anita Handicap. He has had two short works, and Bernstein said "he'll be ready to [race] sooner than we thought."

Short or long for Congrats?

Does he run 1 1/4 miles for $1 million, or seven furlongs for $300,000? That is the Del Mar dilemma for Congrats, distant third-place finisher in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Trainer Richard Mandella will point him toward the Pacific Classic and the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien, both run Aug. 21.

"He didn't run bad at seven and a half," Mandella said, referring to Congrats's runner-up finish on June 11.

One factor that will influence the decision to run Congrats short or long is Minister Eric's July 24 comeback at Del Mar in the San Diego Handicap, the prep for the Pacific Classic. Minister Eric has not raced since winning the Grade 2 San Fernando on Jan. 15 at Santa Anita, after which the 4-year-old had a chip removed from each ankle. Minister Eric worked a mile in 1:39.40 on Monday.

"He's not a great work horse," Mandella said. "He's never been much of a showoff."

A 4-year-old, Minister Eric has won 3 races and $562,771 from 12 starts. A good showing by Minister Eric in the San Diego could catapult him into the Pacific Classic picture against likely favorite Lava Man.

Mandella said Rock Hard Ten is galloping regularly, and will commence serious training at Del Mar. Two other Mandella horses will train up to comebacks in major turf races at Del Mar. Providencia winner Berbatim, who tore off a chunk of her foot in the Honeymoon Handicap on June 5, will train up to the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 2. The 3-year-old colt Osidy, runner-up June 26 in the Grade 3 Cinema, will run Sept. 5 in the Del Mar Derby.

Mandella's top 3-year-old grass runner might be the lightly raced El Roblar, scheduled to run opening day in the Oceanside Stakes. A son of BC Mile winner War Chant, El Roblar is 2 for 2 in dirt sprints, and will run a mile on grass in the Oceanside.