California Work Tab Busy With Santa Anita Derby Hopefuls

Fog City Stables' Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful Buzzards Bay, getting ready to start next in the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 under regular rider Mark Guidry over Santa Anita's fast main track Tuesday morning.

The move was the best of four who went the distance on the morning.

"He's doing really good right now," trainer Jeff Mullins said.

In his last race on March 12, Buzzards Bay finished third in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields behind Uncle Denny and fellow Santa Anita Derby hopeful Wannawinemall. The Florida-bred son of Marco Bay bled in the race, Mullins revealed, and has now been treated for the condition with positive results.

"He bled in his last race for the first time," Mullins said. "It was enough to stop him. I don't know that he would have won, but he wouldn't have stopped. But he hasn't bled in his two workouts since. He scoped clean today so everything looks good."

Buzzards Bay has banked $109,440 from his record of 2-1-2 in seven starts. In addition to his third-place finish in the El Camino Real Derby he captured the Golden Gate Derby in mid-January.

On Monday at Santa Anita, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's champion Sweet Catomine, who will face the boys for the first time in the Santa Anita Derby, went five furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Corey Nakatani. The daughter of Storm Cat was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 by trainer Julio Canani, who said the filly is right on target for the nine-furlong event.

A decision on the Run for the Roses for Sweet Catomine won't be made until after the Santa Anita Derby, Canani said.

Also on Monday, fellow Santa Anita Derby probables Giacomo and Don't Get Mad tuned up for the nine-furlong event, working five furlongs and a half-mile, respectively, at Hollywood Park.

Grade I-placed Giacomo, second in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) in his last start on March 19, clocked the five-eighths in 1:00 3/5. The gray son of Holy Bull, who was bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss, will have regular jockey Mike Smith aboard for the $750,000 event.

Under the care of trainer John Shirreffs, Giacomo has a win, two seconds and two thirds from six starts for earnings of $181,716. He was also second in last year's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and third in the Sham Stakes.

B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad, a half-length behind Giacomo in the San Felipe in his last start, earned the bullet for four furlongs when he stopped the clock in :47 1/5.

"He worked good and came out of it good. He seemed to have survived the concrete pavement he ran on in the San Felipe," trainer Ron Ellis said, referring to the hard Santa Anita surface. "If it's (hard again for the Santa Anita Derby) we won't be running. We'll wait a week and go to the Arkansas Derby (gr. II)."

Ellis says he's been paying close attention to how the Kentucky Derby picture is developing and concentrating hard on keeping his top charge happy and healthy.

"Everything's pretty wide open," Ellis said. "Horses are dropping out all over the place; they're getting sick or they're getting hurt. That's the thing, if they get sick and miss a week you're kind of messed up and it gets your horse off target. It's tough to keep everything going for one race."

According to Ellis, the son of Stephen Got Even will work one more time on Sunday, either five or six furlongs. From four starts, Don't Get Mad has two wins, a second and a third for earnings of $120,290. Jockey Tyler Baze has the call in the Santa Anita Derby.