Crackup Logs Bullet Drill for Becerra; Sum Trick, Omega Code Work
by Margaret Ransom
Date Posted: 2/22/2003 12:44:50 AM

Trainer Rafael Becerra sent out his two Triple Crown hopefuls, Crackup and Sum Trick, for works over a fast Santa Anita main track Friday morning.

Great State Challenge winner Crackup, who bled while finishing fourth in the Jan. 18 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II), logged a bullet for seven furlongs when he stopped the clock in 1:23 3/5 handily.

"He went pretty fast," Becerra said. "But the rider was really holding him back and there were two horses in front of him. He came back OK so I think we're all right."

Crackup, a son of 2002's leading freshman sire, Distorted Humor, is scheduled to start next in the Mar. 8 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

Sum Trick, who led at every call before finishing second to Kafwain in the Feb. 1 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) in his last start, also went seven furlongs, in a 1:25 1/5 clocking. Initially, Santa Anita reported that the son of Favorite Trick went in :47 1/5 for a half-mile breeze, causing Becerra some surprise.

"I'm getting the horse ready for a one-mile race (the Mar. 1 San Rafael Stakes) so I wanted his work tab to be right," Becerra said. "What would everyone have thought if the work wasn't corrected? So I called the clockers and they realized the mistake and fixed it so it's right on his past performances. They had the right time all along, but I just needed to make sure it went out like that."

Becerra did note that the half-mile split of :47 1/5 that clockers recorded was correct and that Sum Trick galloped out an extra furlong in 1:36 2/5.

"He's doing real well now so I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

Also working Saturday for an upcoming start in a Triple Crown prep was Team Valor's Omega Code, who went in company with Santa Anita Handicap probable Kudos about an hour before Friday's first race. With Mike Smith up, Omega Code earned a time of 1:23 3/5 for seven furlongs while Kudos, under Julie Krone in his last Big 'Cap prep, went a mile in 1:35 4/5.

Omega Code, who won the six-furlong San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) in his last start, will try two turns for the first time in the one-mile San Rafael.

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