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Jaycito Staying Home for Santa Anita Derby

Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, and Bench Points had strong Santa Anita Derby works.

Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, and Bench Points worked at Santa Anita April 2 in preparation for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

Premier Pegasus, impressive winner of the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 1/5, the fastest of 17 works at the distance.

"He looked great and did exactly what we wanted," said Raxon Cho, son of owner/trainer Myung Kwon Cho. "We told (Alonso) Quinonez just do a nice and easy work, and that's what he did. Quinonez never moved his hands. We really liked the work."

Premier Pegasus, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus , has won four of five lifetime starts and earned $293,400.

San Felipe runner-up Jaycito went six furlongs in 1:13 2/5.

“Everything went smooth,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “I just gave him an even work the whole way around; nothing too strenuous. Usually, I work him in company, but he went by himself this morning. I didn’t want him to do a lot.

"Sometimes he does too much when I work him in company. He started picking it up at the end and galloped out (seven furlongs) in 1:26 1/5.”

Baffert at one time had considered the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I) for Jaycito’s next start, but started to lean toward staying home rather than having to ship cross-country.

Baffert said The Factor  is doing great after taking several days to bounce back from his brilliant Rebel Stakes (gr. II) victory. He is expected to return to Oaklawn April 12 for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 16.

Premier Pegasus worked right after Jaycito, and Baffert was impressed with what he saw.

“I wish I knew he was working; I would have broke off behind him,” Baffert said. “He looked good and he did it the right way. He picked it up at the three-eighths pole.”

Bench Points, third in the San Felipe by nine lengths, went five furlongs in :59 4/5 for trainer Tim Yakteen.

At Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, Risen Star (gr. II) runner-up Santiva , breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 in company with stablemate Oh Carole for trainer Eddie Kenneally. The son of Giant's Causeway  will be heading back to Keeneland for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on Polytrack. He finished second in the Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) last fall at Keeneland.