Recovered From Virus, Milwaukee Brew Back in Training

Stronach Stables' Milwaukee Brew, sidelined with a virus since winning the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap Mar. 1, is back in training after several weeks on the shelf, Humberto Ascanio, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, said Tuesday.

"He's doing good now," Ascanio said. "He was really sick for a while there, but he's been back to the track for four days now and looks much better."

Milwaukee Brew, a 6-year-old son of Wild Again and the Wolf Power mare Ask Anita, won his second Big 'Cap in a row this year, but was found to have a fever the day after the race and hasn't trained seriously since. He was scheduled to make his next start in the June 14 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, followed by the July 13 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), but those plans are now up in the air.

Milwaukee Brew has earned $2,786,612 from a career line of 22-7-4-5. In addition to his back-to-back Big 'Caps, he won last year's Californian, 2001's Ohio Derby (gr. II) and 2000 Marine Stakes at Woodbine, but has also placed in eight other graded events, half of which were grade I, over four seasons.