Southwest Victor Castaway Back to Work

Southwest Victor Castaway Back to Work
Photo: Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography
Castaway

Castaway, who along with stablemate Secret Circle gave trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) divisions at Oaklawn Park last month, worked a steady five furlongs at Santa Anita March 2.

The 3-year-old son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense   is under consideration for the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 10 at Santa Anita. The colt could also return to Oaklawn for the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 17.

With Martin Garcia aboard, Castaway worked in company on the main track, clocking five-eighths handily in 1:101 1/5. It was the 25th fastest of 48 at the distance. Workmate Captain Baker, who is unraced, was timed in 1:01 4/5.

Baffert also worked 2011 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty March 2 at Santa Anita. Peachtree Stable's 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro   went six furlongs handily in 1:12 flat, the best of 23 at the distance.

Castaway, owned by Mrs. John Magner, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, registered a 6-1 upset in the opening division of the Southwest Feb. 20, powering clear in the homestretch to win the one-mile event by 3 3/4 lengths. Out of the Storm Cat mare Priceless Storm, the bay colt was ridden to victory by Rafael Bejarano.

Baffert and Bejarano came right back to win the second division with Secret Circle, who has not yet returned for a published workout.

After going winless in five starts as a 2-year-old, Castaway delivered his maiden win Jan. 21 at Santa Anita. He is 2-for-2 as a sophomore.

Plum Pretty, who has not raced since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, has posted eight works over the Santa Anita main track since Jan. 11.

Besides the Kentucky Oaks, the Pennsylvania-bred Plum Pretty also won the Sunland Park Oaks and the Cotillion Stakes (gr. II) at Parx Racing last year. Her career mark stands at 4-2-2 in 10 starts with earnings of $1,356,700.

The $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on March 17 is an option.

At Hollywood Park, three-time grade I winning sprinter Smiling Tiger   returned to action with a three-furlong move in :35 3/5 over the Cushion Track March 2, the fastest of nine at the distance.

Trained by Jeff Bonde for Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz, Smiling Tiger last raced in the Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 28, finishing fourth. He was entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale but withdrawn.

The 5-year-old son of Hold That Tiger has banked $1,214,353 and counts seven added-money victories in his career mark of 8-2-6 in 18 races. He captured the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood last July and the Ancient Title (gr. I) and Bing Crosby (gr. I) stakes in 2010.
 

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