Norfolk S. (G1) winner JAYCITO (Victory Gallop), who has not raced since his eventful seventh in the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), could make his sophomore debut in the February 20 San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita.
"I've been looking for an allowance race for him, but it didn't fill," said Bob Baffert, who took over the colt's training after the Breeders' Cup.
Jaycito would be cutting back to seven furlongs for the first time since last summer's Del Mar Futurity (G1), where he rallied for second to J P's Gusto (Successful Appeal). Former trainer Mike Mitchell then stretched him out to 1 1/16 miles for his next two starts. After breaking his maiden at the expense of J P's Gusto in the Norfolk, Jaycito bolted to the extreme outside in the Juvenile, but regrouped to get up for seventh.
Baffert has another high-profile San Vicente candidate in THE FACTOR (War Front), whose Monday work will determine his status.
"If he works well, he'll run," Baffert said of the smashing maiden winner, who smoked six furlongs in a track-record 1:06.98 at Santa Anita, winning by 8 1/4 lengths. The Factor last worked at Santa Anita on January 9.
Since then, the gray colt has only worked once, as foot issues prompted Baffert to work him on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track last Tuesday, going six furlongs in 1:12.
Other probables for the San Vicente include San Pedro S. winner INDIAN WINTER (Indian Charlie) and Best Pal S. (G2) runner-up SWAY AWAY (Afleet Alex), who will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.
San Vicente nominee RUNFLATOUT (Flatter), impressive winner in his debut for trainer John Sadler on January 29, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's main track Saturday in :49 1/5 with Gomez aboard, but will wait for the San Felipe S. (G2) on March 12.
"Gomez said he went perfect," said Jeff Bloom, vice president of West Coast operations for West Point Thoroughbreds, owners of the Kentucky-bred. "It was a beautiful move. He galloped out (five furlongs) in 1:02 and change."
Undefeated multiple stakes hero BENCH POINTS (Benchmark), who made a winning return in Friday's 7TH race at Santa Anita, could also make his next start in the San Felipe.
"We'll play it by ear, but we'll definitely consider the San Felipe," trainer Tim Yakteen said.
The chestnut gelding had captured his first three races against restricted foes on synthetic -- a maiden over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, followed by the Graduation S. and I'm Smokin S. over Del Mar's Polytrack last time out on September 6.