Ken Ramsey's Ten Cents a Shine, who was transferred from trainer Ken McPeek's care in Florida to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas in California this past week, worked for the first time over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning, logging five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 handily.
The son of Devil His Due went in company with stablemate February Storm, who was given a time of 1:01 4/5 for his five panels.
"It was just a nice, easy five-eighths to see where we're at with him a little bit," Lukas said. "He's adjusted well to our feed program and everything else. He's really settled in nicely."
Ten Cents a Shine was sixth as the 5-2 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) on Feb. 15 in his last start, but was found to have a lung infection the day after the race. He broke his maiden at first asking last year and then ran second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in November. He was labeled an early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) candidate after winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Park in January by a widening 5 1/4 lengths.
Lukas said there are still no races planned for Ten Cents a Shine.
Overbrook Farm's Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) runner-up Ozzie Cat, eighth in the Fountain of Youth last out, was also on Sunday's work tab, posting a half-mile in :48 4/5 handily. The son of leading sire Storm Cat will be on the road again when he makes his next start, Lukas revealed.
"He'll run next in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III on Mar. 8) up at Golden Gate," Lukas said. "We can throw that last race out; I have no idea what happened there. He's doing very well since and I think he should run much better next time out."
Ozzie Cat has earned one win from nine starts with three seconds and three thirds, for earnings of $89,125.
Lukas also reported that Bob and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw has been taken off the Triple Crown trail. The Gulch colt was a well-beaten fourth in the Feb. 15 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) last out after finishing third in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. III) in his stakes debut.
"Scrimshaw's going to have a little minor throat surgery," Lukas said. He didn't reveal exactly when or what type of surgery.