05/01/2006 12:00AM

Will 'Preachin' return to Texas?

Lone Star
The Lone Star Park Handicap is a possibility for Preachinatthebar.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bob Baffert said Preachinatthebar is starting to take after his old man. A son of the Baffert-trained Silver Charm, Preachinatthebar won his second straight graded stakes race on Saturday, when he showed grit as a neck winner of the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

One start prior, the horse won the Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap at Santa Anita.

"Preachinatthebar ran awesome," Baffert said of the Texas Mile. "He's getting a lot like his father. He's starting to fight, so that's good."

Baffert, who is preparing three horses for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, said he has not yet made next-race plans for Preachinatthebar. The horse left Lone Star on Monday to fly home to California.

"We've got to get him back here and see what he looks like," Baffert said.

He did not rule out a return trip to Texas for the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 29.

That race is the goal for Stockholder, who is based here with trainer Steve Asmussen. He rallied from ninth for second in the Texas Mile.

"He ran an excellent race," said Asmussen, who trains Stockholder.

Texcess, who finished a troubled third in the Texas Mile, flew back to California on Monday, along with Yes He's a Pistol, who finished seventh as the favorite. Yes He's a Pistol did not handle the surface on Saturday, said his trainer, Doug O'Neill.

"The track was breaking away from him a little bit," O'Neill said. "We'll bring him back to California and regroup."

The promising Halos Sailing Sain, who finished fifth in the Texas Mile, is scheduled to fly to New York then van to Monmouth early this week, his trainer, Joe Orseno, said Sunday. Halos Sailing Sain was wide around both turns, and finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Preachinatthebar.

"We just really took the worst of it from the 11-hole," said Orseno. "It was a shame because the horse, he tried. He got to the horse's heels at the top of the stretch, but he'd lost so much ground that it cost him. But that's racing. That's part of the game."

Orseno plans to point Halos Sailing Sain for the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth on June 24.

Wanna Runner eyes local derby

Baffert said Wanna Runner remains on course for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby on May 13 after he worked Monday at Santa Anita. The colt went six furlongs in 1:12.80. In his last start, Wanna Runner won the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park.

Admiral's Arch won the $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup on the Arkansas Derby undercard April 15, and will make his next start in the Lone Star Derby, said Asmussen, who trains the colt for Padua Stables. Admiral's Arch made his stakes debut in the Northern Spur, and rallied for a half-length win over Sweetening.

Asmussen said he has one other probable starter for the Lone Star Derby: Rain on Monday. A recent private purchase by Ro Parra, Rain on Monday is a full brother to seven-time stakes winner Boots on Sunday. In his last start, he was second in the Citgo Stakes over seven furlongs at Sam Houston.

* Paradise Peak will shoot for his third straight win Wednesday night in the eighth, a first-level allowance over five furlongs on turf. He is coupled with Lay It on Me. Donnie Meche has been named on both halves of the entry for Asmussen.