Ar­ro­gate look­ing good for what­ever’s next on sched­ule

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While no next race has yet been picked out for Ar­ro­gate, it cer­tainly is look­ing like he’ll be rac­ing again within the next six weeks or so. There had been thought prior to the Pe­ga­sus World Cup that he might get a break af­ter that race, but he ran so well that day and came out of it so well that he’s con­tin­ued right along with his train­ing.

The most ob­vi­ous and rich­est op­tion for Ar­ro­gate would be the $10 mil­lion Dubai World Cup on March 25, but trainer Bob Baf­fert said he’s “not in any hurry to make any call” re­gard­ing where Ar­ro­gate runs next.

But Baf­fert clearly is happy with how Ar­ro­gate has done since win­ning the $12 mil­lion Pe­ga­sus on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. He had his first work since that race Tues­day, when he went a half-mile in 48.60 sec­onds at Santa Anita un­der his reg­u­lar work rider, jockey Martin Garcia. Baf­fert had Ar­ro­gate gal­lop­ing out five fur­longs in 1:01. Ar­ro­gate went by him­self. “He got lonely there in the stretch,” Baf­fert said. “He was just gal­lop­ing along.”

Baf­fert said Ar­ro­gate has done “re­ally well” since the Pe­ga­sus.

“He’s held his weight well, he’s happy,” Baf­fert said.

The Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Hand­i­cap is on March 11, and un­less Ar­ro­gate goes in that race, Mid­night Storm looms as the likely fa­vorite.

Mid­night Storm, a for­mer turf spe­cial­ist, has won on dirt in his last two starts – in­clud­ing the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 – and he con­tin­ued to train right along for the Big Cap with a sharp six-fur­long drill ear­lier this week at Santa Anita in 1:12.20.

“His last breeze was sen­sa­tional,” trainer Phil D’Amato said Wed­nes­day.

Bella Luma healthy again

Bella Luma was beaten 5 1/4 lengths when fifth be­hind Sir­cat Sally in the Cal­i­for­nia Cup Oaks for state­bred fil­lies at Santa Anita on Jan. 28. To trainer Ed Moger Jr., the per­for­mance was bet­ter than it looked.

“She missed a lit­tle bit of time be­fore that race be­cause she was sick,” Moger said. “She had a cold.”

Bella Luma will have her se­cond start of the Santa Anita win­ter-spring meet­ing in an op­tional claimer at a mile on turf for Cal­i­for­niabred 3-year-old fil­lies Fri­day. The race, the third on an eight-race card, drew a field of eight. Five of them ran in the Cal Cup Oaks, in­clud­ing How About Zero and Princess Roi, who were se­cond and third.

Those run­ners will at­tract the bulk of sup­port in the op­tional claimer, but Moger is hope­ful Bella Luma can per­form bet­ter af­ter re­cov­er­ing from her ill­ness and run­ning in the Cal Cup Oaks.

Owned by breeder Tom Bach­man and Linda Brown, Bella Luma has one win in six starts, win­ning a maiden race by nine lengths at Golden Gate Fields last Oc­to­ber. She was third be­hind Sir­cat Sally and Cash Prize in the Soviet Prob­lem Stakes at Lo­cas Alami­tos in De­cem­ber.

How About Zero drew the rail in Fri­day’s race. Trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zil­lah Red­dam, How About Zero was beaten 2 1/4 lengths at 27-1 by the heav­ily fa­vored Sir­cat Sally. How About Zero won the Golden State Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Stakes at seven fur­longs on Nov. 4, her only win in six starts.

Princess Roi has per­formed con­sis­tently since be­ing trans­ferred to turf. She won a maiden race in Novem­ber at Del Mar in her first start on the sur­face and was se­cond to Miss Sug­ars in the Blue Norther Stakes against open com­pany here on turf Dec. 29.

Buena Vista all wet?

A strong storm ex­pected to bring plenty of wet weather to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia was fore­cast to hit be­gin­ning Fri­day and last­ing through Satur­day, and that could im­pact the Grade 2, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fe­males, sched­uled for one mile on the turf course Satur­day.

En­tries for the Buena Vista were to be taken Wed­nes­day, and Rick Ham­merle, the vice pres­i­dent of rac­ing and rac­ing sec­re­tary, said the hope was the race would re­main on turf. There al­ready has been one stakes race for that di­vi­sion washed onto the main track this meet, the Robert Frankel on Dec. 31. Among those eye­ing the Buena Vista was Pretty Girl, who was se­cond in the Frankel.

The Buena Vista field also was ex­pected to in­clude Do the Dance, Evo Campo, Hill­house High, Jeremy’s Legacy, Juno, Mokat, Prize Ex­hibit, and Wild at Heart.

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