Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and early Kentucky Derby favorite Vindication worked for the first time as a sophomore Monday, logging a half-mile in :48 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was listed as the 22nd fastest of the 46 who worked at the distance.
The Padua Stables' colorbearer, who hasn't raced since winning the country's premier race for juveniles back on October 26, will likely make his next start in a Triple Crown prep at his home base of Santa Anita, although trainer Bob Baffert said no definite plans have been made.
Also working Monday was Bob and Beverly Lewis' Santa Catarina. The daughter of Unbridled blew out three furlongs in :36 3/5, handily. Unraced since a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Santa Catarina is another from Baffert's barn who has yet to have her next start mapped out.
Domestic Dispute, who finished third but was moved up to second after being bumped by stablemate Kafwain in the Dec. 15 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), logged five furlongs in :58 2/5, handily, which was the second-fastest of 50 at the distance. The sophomore is expected to start next in the Jan. 18 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II), which will be contested at 1 1/16 miles over the main track.
Fellow Santa Catalina hopeful Truckle Feature, who graduated from his non-winners "other than" condition at Hollywood Park on Dec. 19, earned the bullet for six furlongs when he clocked 1:11, handily. His time was a 1 2/5 seconds faster than next-closest time at the distance.
Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Handicap (gr. 1) hero The Tin Man, gearing up for the Jan. 20 San Marcos Stakes (gr. II) on turf, earned the bullet for seven furlongs Monday when clockers caught the 5-year-old in a final time of 1:25 1/5. The Richard Mandella trainee hasn't raced since finishing a strong fourth, beaten three lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) at Arlington Park.
Wesley Ward trainee Men's Exclusive, gearing up for the Jan. 25 Sunshine Millions Sprint, earned a final time of :47 1/5, handily, for his half-mile breeze. The 10-year-old veteran last raced in the Vernon O. Underwood Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park where he finished fourth.
Puxa Saco, last seen winning the Nov. 16. Moccasin Stakes, went six furlongs in 1:26, handily. Trainer Janine Sahadi isn't sure where the Dehere filly will turn up next, although a race in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) series is probable.
Across town at Hollywood Park, upset Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) heroine Elloluv breezed 1:00, handily, for trainer Craig Dollase. No start has been picked out yet for the Kentucky-bred daughter of Gilded Time.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Medaglia d'Oro, set to go straight into the February 1 Strub Stakes (gr. I) in his first start since the World Thoroughbred Championships, went six furlongs in 1:13 4/5. Bobby Frankel-trained stablemate Milwaukee Brew, right behind Medaglia d'Oro in the Breeders' Cup, went the same distance in 1:14 1/5, handily. No 2003 debut has been picked out yet for last year's Santa Anita Handicap (gr. 1) winner.
Frankel also sent out the highly regarded and well-bred Empire Maker, who missed some training recently due to a fever for a half-mile work, which was caught in a final time of :50 4/5, handily.