Chief Planner Nears Comeback After Two Years

Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Chief Planner, who hasn't started since winning the 2003 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds by seven lengths more than two years ago, has returned to training and may be ready to race again before the end of the current Hollywood Park meet, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Chief Planner worked five furlongs in :59 2/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Tuesday.

"We're just working on getting him back," Baffert said. "He had two soft-tissue injures. He didn't have to have any surgery."

Chief Planner, a nearly black son of the recently pensioned General Meeting and the Fappiano mare Flag of Freedom, has never finished worse than third in seven career starts, racking up a line of 2-3-2 and earnings of $267,796. In addition to winning the Snow Chief, Chief Planner finished second in the 2002 edition of the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) and third in that year's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) and Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III).

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