Grade 1 winner JAYCITO's (Victory Gallop) status for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (G1) was still on hold Friday morning.
"I'm going to have a talk today with (owner) Ahmed Zayat and then we're going to decide," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "We have to work over the weekend. A lot depends on the work whether we stay here or ship (for the Wood Memorial [G1] at Aqueduct, also on April 9)."
Jaycito, who joined Baffert following his eventful seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a distant second to PREMIER PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) in the San Felipe S. (G2).
Baffert also confirmed plans for his exciting three-year-old THE FACTOR (War Front), an impressive winner of the Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park in his first try around two turns.
"The Factor is definite for the Arkansas Derby ([G1] back at Oaklawn on April 16)," the trainer said. "He looks good."
Meanwhile, likely Santa Anita Derby favorite Premier Pegasus is scheduled to work at 8 a.m. (PDT) Saturday for Myung Kwon Cho with regular rider Alonso Quinonez up, while INDIAN WINTER (Indian Charlie) is set to go five furlongs Monday under new rider Pat Valenzuela for Jerry Hollendorfer.
Besides Premier Pegasus and Indian Winter, others listed as probable for the Santa Anita Derby, with riding assignments, are ANTHONY'S CROSS (Indian Charlie), Joel Rosario; BENCH POINTS (Benchmark), Rafael Bejarano; CELESTIC NIGHT (Vindication), Joe Talamo; COMMA TO THE TOP (Bwana Charlie), Corey Nakatani; MR. COMMONS (Artie Schiller), Mike Smith; OFFLEE WILD BOYS (Offlee Wild), no rider; and SILVER MEDALLION (Badge of Silver), Garrett Gomez.
Trainer Peter Miller has officially removed Comma to the Top from Kentucky Derby (G1) consideration, citing concerns about the 1 1/4-mile distance for the speedy gelding.
"The horse is doing good for the Santa Anita Derby," Miller said. "He breezed good on Wednesday (going four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Hollywood Park) and came out of the work good. I'll work him back on Tuesday.
"But we were never on the (Kentucky) Derby trail, really. The media had it all 'Derby this and Derby that.' I don't think he's a mile and a quarter horse. His strong suit is speed and we'll be on the lead (in the Santa Anita Derby).
"Unless I felt had a real chance in the Kentucky Derby, I don't have to go just for the mint juleps," Miller said. "I can get them at my local bar."