Action This Day Tops Busy Work Tab at Santa Anita

Action This Day Tops Busy Work Tab at Santa Anita
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Lion Heart, among the 3-year-olds working at Santa Anita on Tuesday.
B. Wayne Hughes' champion Action This Day, who will make his next start in the March 13 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), worked three furlongs in :36 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Tuesday morning. The bay son of Kris S.--Najecam, by Trempolino was fourth in the Feb. 8 Sham Stakes in his sophomore debut.

"It was just a nice little three-eighths," trainer Richard Mandella said. "It was just a little start to get ready for the San Felipe. We'll step up the works a little more each week until the race."

Action This Day has won two of his four career starts with one second for earnings of $822.084.

Also working Tuesday was Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) hero Lion Heart, who logged seven furlongs in 1:27 under regular rider Jean Claude. The chestnut son of Tale of the Cat will make his first start of the year in the March 6 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II).

Trainer Patrick Biancone also sent out Pomeroy for a six-furlong drill, which the bay son of Boundary accomplished in 1:13 1/5. Pomeroy will likely make his sophomore debut in the March 20 Rebel Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

"They both worked good, nice and easy," Biancone said. "I'm not going to turn up the knob on them for their first race anyway."

Bob Baffert sent out James McIngvale's recent eight-length maiden winner Wimbledon for a half-mile in :48 4/5. The Kentucky-bred son of Wild Rush--Strawberry Clover, by Darn That Alarmwill likely make his next start in a stakes, but Baffert hasn't yet picked out which one for the big gray colt.

During, second by a neck in the Feb. 7 Strub Stakes (gr. II) last out, worked a half-mile in :48 1/5 in company with stablemate Odds On, which was clocked in the same time. Baffert said he hasn't picked out a spot for the son of Cherokee Run, but did say, "we'll nominate to everything and see."

Odds On hasn't raced since being eased in the Oct. 5 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I), but is getting ready for a return to racing, Baffert said. Odds On, a son of Silver Charm--Bluffing Girl, by Pine Bluff broke his maiden at Del Mar in September by six lengths.

Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Lucky Pulpit logged an easy six furlongs in 1:16 4/5 for trainer Cliff Sise Jr. The son of Pulpit may start next in the San Rafael.

Last year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buddy Gil, unplaced in two starts since finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 1/5. The Eastern Echo gelding, trained by Jeff Mullins, may start next in the March 6 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Sunshine Millions Oaks heroine Silent Sighs went a half-mile in :48 2/5 for trainer Julio Canani. The California-bred daughter of Benchmark has won three of her four career starts, all in restricted races, but will likely venture out into open company for her next start, trainer Julio Canani said.

"She'll either run in the (Santa Anita) Oaks or the Fair Grounds (Oaks)," Canani said.

Both 1 1/16-mile main track events carry purses of $300,000, with the Santa Anita race taking place on March 13 and the Fair Grounds event set for March 6.

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