Choctaw Nation Back to Work After World Cup

Bob Bone's grade II winner Choctaw Nation worked Tuesday morning for the first time since finishing third in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26.

Trainer Jeff Mullins said he.may be ready to race in time to defend his title in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar this summer.

The 5-year-old gelding logged an easy half-mile in :49 4/5 with regular exercise rider Amy Mullins aboard on Santa Anita Park's fast main track.

"He just breezed a little," Mullins said. "I just wanted to let him stretch his legs. I'm not sure when he'll be back, maybe at Del Mar. Maybe in time for (the San Diego)."

Choctaw Nation, who was claimed for $40,000 out of his first start more than a year ago, has won four of seven starts for Bone, including the San Diego, and has banked $910,800, of which $600,000 was earned in his Dubai World Cup performance. Overall, the son of Louis Quatorze carries a career line of 8-5-0-1.