ARCADIA, Calif. -- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm had a swift and encouraging workout Thursday in preparation for this month's Malibu Stakes, his first race since the Belmont Stakes.
"It was a hell of a work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "He really got a lot out of it. He's doing better now than he ever has. This horse has a great mind and he knows what he has to do."
Silver Charm's last race was a second-place finish to Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes in June. He was bidding to become thoroughbred racing's first Triple Crown winner in 19 years.
"He needed the time off," Baffert said. "After the Belmont, he was thin and just didn't look right. We worked him and we noticed the power just wasn't there. He didn't want to go. He's put the weight back on and then some. He looks really good."
On Thursday, Gary Stevens rode Silver Charm in a Santa Anita workout, covering six furlongs in 1:10 4-5. This could be Silver Charm's final tuneup for the $200,000 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 -- opening day of Santa Anita's 1997-98 winter-spring meeting.
Silver Charm has won five of his nine lifetime starts and earned $1,776,500. The 3-year-old Florida-bred son of Silver Buck has never finished worse than second in his career.
Among those expected to oppose Silver Charm in the 46th running of the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes are Crypto Star, Mud Route, Fantastic Fellow and Swiss Yodeler.