After a stint at Julie Adair-Stack's farm—where trainer Richard Mandella also sent four-time champion Beholder for some time off—Paradise Woods got back to serious training June 18 at Santa Anita Park with a half-mile breeze.
"Just an easy half-mile to get started," Mandella said of the :48 1/5 drill under Mandella-assistant and exercise rider Alex Bisono.
It was the record-breaking Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner's first timed workout since her 11th-place run as the 6-5 favorite in the sloppy Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Union Rags filly's Hall of Fame trainer said after the work that her next start will likely be at Del Mar, but both surfaces are under consideration.
"We're thinking Del Mar, but I don't know if it will be on dirt or turf," Mandella said. "Her (half-brother) Forest Chatter was all turf. I'm not saying she'll run there for sure, but we're keeping our options open. It's still early."
Paradise Woods' three weeks at Adair-Stack's facility is a go-to move for Mandella, but it is unique in the aspect that the filly, owned by Steven Sarkowsky and Martin and Pam Wygod—unlike Beholder's time there—wasn't entirely turned out.
"She got three weeks off at Julie Adair-Stack's place—where I've sent Beholder and others," Mandella said. "She continued to ride her, though, so it wasn't a complete turnout—just no racetrack. It's a little break."
Also on the work tab was Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate, who logged his third breeze since his commanding Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (G1) victory.
Under jockey Martin Garcia, the four-time group/grade 1 winner continued to step up in his workouts, following a :36 1/5 three-furlong work June 6 and a :47 3/5 four-furlong drill June 12. On Sunday he covered a half-mile in :46 4/5, the fastest time of 105 workers at the distance on the day at Santa Anita.
"He went nice—just cruised around there," said trainer Bob Baffert. "I had him in :47 1/5, and a gallop out (to five furlongs in 1:00), but it looked like he went in :48. That's just him."
Baffert indicated earlier in June that the Unbridled's Song colt could return to racing in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) July 22, which would serve as a prep for the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) Aug. 19 and the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4. All three races are at Del Mar.