Buddy Gil Works, but Mullins Has No Target

Desperado Stables' grade I winner Buddy Gil worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Tuesday morning, but trainer Jeff Mullins said the 4-year-old gelding isn't being prepared for any race in particular.

Buddy Gil finished ninth in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26.

"He worked good, I just don't know where I'm going to run him next," Mullins said. "I'd like to give him a chance at the turf again, but I don't know if I will or not yet. He'll run sometime at Santa Anita, I just have no idea where."

Buddy Gil won last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) after winning the Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the downhill turf course in his first start for Mullins. The bay son of Eastern Echo -- Really Rising (by For Really) was sidelined by knee chips and subsequent surgeries following a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He returned to action in the Malibu.

Overall Buddy Gil has won five of 11 starts, with a second and a third, for career earnings of $729,455.

Mullins said that El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) hero Boston Common, and last year's Sunshine Million Sprint winner Captain Squire would both turn up next in the Feb. 1 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II), a $150,000 event set at six furlongs over the main track.