Came Home Works Before Track Closed

Hopeful Stakes winner and San Vicente Stakes probable Came Home worked five furlongs in 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Wednesday as the track closed for workouts early due to heavy rains.

With jockey Chris McCarron aboard, Came Home galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.80 for Paco Gonzalez.

"He was supposed to breeze (Tuesday), but Chris (McCarron) was out of town," said Gonzalez. "So the schedule was to work him at eight o'clock (Wednesday morning), and at six o'clock, I called (agent) Scott (McClellan). I told him it was raining hard and that he'd better go wake up Chris, because it looked like they were going to close the track (to training). Chris got here at 10 after seven and breezed him. He was the last horse to get a work in before they closed the track. We were lucky."

A total of 47 horses worked at the southern California track before it closed.

Track superintendent Steve Wood and his crew were supervising operations at Santa Anita Wednesday morning in advance of the rain that the hit the area before dawn.

"It started to rain here about 10 after five," Wood said. "It didn't rain much so we let horses train on the main track until about 7:15. Then we closed it because the track started to get a little wet. We probably got about a quarter of an inch of rain before we semi-rolled the track. If the weather continues the way they say it's going to, the rain should be out of here by 10 o'clock and we'll float the water off the track. The forecast is good for the next six or seven days."