Twice As Bad Preparing for Return

Mercedes Stables' grade II winner Twice as Bad, sidelined since finishing seventh in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Race Course last July 10, is back to work and is considered possible to make his return to racing before the end of the current Santa Anita meeting, trainer Vladimir Cerin said.

The 4-year-old gray worked a half-mile in :48 4/5 at Santa Anita on Tuesday morning.

"He bruised his feel really badly at Del Mar," Cerin said. "I don't like to push them if they're not sound so I'm lucky that I have owners who allow me to do that."

Twice As Bad, who began his career racing in Florida before being purchased privately by his current owners, won the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) and was second in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) before faltering in the Carry Back and heading to the sidelines. From 15 starts, the Florida-bred son of Stormy Atlantic  has won three times with four seconds and a third for earnings of $218,320. He also finished second in the What a Pleasure Stakes and Birdonthewire Stakes as a juvenile.

"There's no rush," Cerin said. "He likes Hollywood so we may wait until then."