Updated on 09/16/2011 8:01AM

Wren vows Bay Monster won't be on the lead again


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bay Monster, fourth in a division of the Southwest Stakes in his last start, will change tactics Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park.

Bay Monster will be stalking the pace in the Rebel instead of contesting it as he did in the second division of the $75,000 Southwest at Oaklawn on March 2, when he raced down the backstretch with the fast Cojet. Bay Monster dropped back on the final turn of that mile race, then came back on in the short stretch to be beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Paloma Parilla.

"It wasn't exactly the race I was looking for," trainer Steve Wren said of the Southwest. "I wanted to come from off the pace, and I wound up there on the lead. But I thought he ran a very credible race considering the [muddy] track, and the situation he was in going a mile. I may have lost the battle, but I hadn't lost the war."

Wren, who won the Rebel in 1999 with Etbauer, said the additional distance of the race will help Bay Monster. "It's definitely beneficial for my horse," he said. "The farther the better."

Bay Monster will be ridden by Marlon St. Julien, who was last aboard the colt Feb. 14, when he won his seasonal debut in a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Oaklawn. Bay Monster races for Kaaren and Hays Biggs, who campaigned Etbauer.

The 1 1/16-mile Rebel for 3-year-olds is the final local prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Arkansas Derby on April 13.

Others expected for the Rebel include Ocean Sound, fourth last out to Came Home in the Grade 2 San Rafael, and Jeremiah Jack, winner of the $150,000 Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston.

Promising colts to miss Rebel

King Zonic, a half-brother to millionaire Silver Goblin, and Fisher Station, an impressive allowance winner this meet, both came out of their divisions of the Southwest with bone chips in their right knees. Fisher Station finished eighth to Paloma Parilla in the second division, while King Zonic finished sixth in the first division behind Private Emblem.

Fisher Station underwent surgery with Dr. Larry Bramlage on Monday to have his chip removed. "Things went well and he came out of the surgery fine," said trainer James Baker. "He'll get the summer off and come back next fall."

King Zonic was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday at Oklahoma State University to remove a small chip from the upper joint of his knee. He will miss three to four months, and could make his comeback at Lone Star Park. "I'd love to have seen him run in the [Rebel], but there will be another day," said trainer Kenny Smith.

Before the Southwest, King Zonic won his maiden by 10 lengths over Mad Mac, who returned to win a maiden race in good time last Friday. There is a chance Mad Mac could turn up in stakes company later this meet in the $75,000 Northern Spur on April 10, said Mac Robertson, assistant to his father, trainer Hugh Robertson.

Lots of options for Caressing

Trainer David Vance is mulling over his options for Caressing, who finished fourth in her comeback from a more than three-month layoff last Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup.

Vance said Caressing would likely start next in one of three stakes: the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom here April 6; the Grade 3, $300,000 Sixty Sails at Sportsman's Park on April 28; or the Grade 2, $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on May 3.

"There's plenty of races for her," said Vance, who trains Caressing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2000, for Carl F. Pollard. "We're going to pick our spots."

No Spanish Glitter to chase

Life will be easier Thursday for Southern Tour, who has chased top class sprinter Spanish Glitter in all three of her starts this meet, when she drops from stakes company for Thursday's ninth race, a six-furlong allowance for fillies and mares worth $33,000.

Southern Tour finished second to Spanish Glitter in a local allowance Jan. 26, and again played runner-up to the filly in the $50,000 American Beauty Stakes on Feb. 9. In her most recent start, Southern Tour was third, beaten two lengths by Powder, in the $50,000 Spring Fever. The second-place finisher in that 5 1/2-furlong race was none other than Spanish Glitter.