Hard Spun, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Danzig who is trained by Larry Jones, ran away with the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans lastmonth and has won his fourstarts by a seven-length average. At Santa Anita: The Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos and Buena Vista handicaps bookend a Presidents Day weekend of fourstakes at Santa Anita. In Saturday’s San Carlos at 7furlongs, Malibu Stakes winner Latent Heat (Edgar Prado riding), first or second in seven of ninestarts for trainer Bobby Frankel, steps up to face stakes-level older horses, including Siren Lure (Richard Migliore) and Proud Tower Too (David Cohen). In the Buena Vista on Monday for fillies and mares going 1 mile on turf, Mia Domina (Tyler Baze), 4 for 4 on the Santa Anita grass, seeks another strong return from a layoff for trainer Ron McAnally. The 6-year-old shares the 120-pound high weight with Attima (Victor Espinoza). McCaffery memorial: Trudy McCaffery, the thoroughbred owner and breeder and racing activist who died of cancer on Monday at age 62, will be honored in a memorial service today at 5 p.m. in the Santa Anita Turf Club Chandelier Room. Tiz Wonderful was 3 for 3 for Steve Asmussen, and was the most accomplished unbeaten with a Grade II win at 1 1/16 miles until physical problems knocked him off the Triple Crown trail. Two unbeatens lost last weekend: Lawrence the Roman (now 3 for 4) in the Whirlaway at Aqueduct, and the champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna (4 for 5) in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park. This three-day horse-racing weekend could be pivotal for Hard Spun, who heads a shrinking list of 3-year-olds with a chance to emulate Barbaro and Smarty Jones and become an unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner. Hard Spun, whose Pennsylvania roots remind fans of those stars already, is 4 for 4 going into the $250,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. That’s the most victories without a defeat in North America of any nominee for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. EZ Warrior is 3 for 3, but the Bob Baffert-trained colt hasn’t raced beyond 6 furlongs. Day Pass is 2 for 2 and, like Hard Spun, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained gray has gone 1 mile. McCaffery – who, with then-partner John Toffan, campaigned such horses as Free House, Bien Bien, Came Home and Mane Minister – will be remembered as much for her involvement in the sport’s politics and charities as anythng else. Hoping to foster racing interest, she founded the program Kids to the Cup, starting by taking groups of young people to the Breeders’ Cup and extending it to include trips to the KentuckyDerby. “She was an enthusiastic, passionate supporter of the sport,” said Sherwood Chillingworth, executive director of the OakTree Racing Association, of which McCaffery was a board member. “Although she was passionate in her beliefs, she was a team player and quick to support whatever the board’s consensus was. We will miss her greatly.” McCaffery also served on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation (gregsonfoundation.com), which aids backstretch workers. McCaffery’s family has requested donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers. Early line on the Derby: Nobiz Like Shobiz drew the heaviest support in last weekend’s Kentucky Derby future betting, the first parimutuel wagering of this Triple Crown season. The Remsen and Holy Bull Stakes winner closed at 8-1, ahead of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Street Sense (10-1) and Hard Spun (10-1). Churchill Downs offered 23 horses. The “field” (all others) was bet to 5-2. Southern California partisans were able to lock in Ravel at 11-1, Great Hunter at 24-1, Notional at 27-1, Exhale at 27-1, Belgravia at 29-1, Liquidity at 33-1, Stormello at 40-1 and EZ Warrior at 41-1 to win the May 5 Kentucky Derby. SANTA ANITA LEADERS JOCKEY, WINS Garrett Gomez 50 Victor Espinoza 39 David Flores 23 Corey Nakatani 20 Aaron Gryder 17 Richard Migliore 17 TRAINER, WINS Doug O’Neill 19 John Sadler 17 Bob Baffert 16 Bobby Frankel 10 Jack Carava 9 Paddy Gallagher 9 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday $150,000 San Carlos Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs $75,000 Daytona Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf) Sunday $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap, 4-year-old and up bred in California, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf) Monday $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf) TURF PARADISE Saturday $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles OAKLAWN PARK Monday 250,000 Southwest Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile A WEEK AT THE RACES Eight opponents are awaiting Lava Man in the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap, according to track publicists: Strub Stakes winner Arson Squad; San Antonio Handicap winner Molengao; Sunshine Millions Classic winner McCann’s Mojave; Awesome Gem; Ball Four; Brother Derek; Spring at Last; and Wilko. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. was suspended for 14 days in and fined $25,000 in New York after violating terms of a 2005 suspension by contacting assistants. Dutrow is best known for 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Doug O’Neill, who trains Lava Man, also is making plans for Kentucky Derby candidates Notional, Liquidity and Great Hunter. Notional, last weekend’s Risen Star Stakes winner in New Orleans, could use the March31 Florida Derby as his prep for the May 5 Kentucky Derby or come home for the March 17 San Felipe Stakes and April 7 Santa Anita Derby. Liquidity, the Sham Stakes runner-up to Ravel, is aiming for the March 10 Louisiana Derby or the San Felipe. Great Hunter appears set for the March 3 Robert B. Lewis (formerly Santa Catalina) Stakes. The Todd Pletcher barn is expected to keep last weekend’s 3-year-old stakes winners at Santa Anita. Assistant trainer Michael McCarthy said Ravel is likely to race next in the Robert B. Lewis or the San Felipe, and Las Virgenes winner Rags to Riches probably would go in the March 11 Santa Anita Oaks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!