04/04/2006 11:00PM

Achilles of Troy sidelined till summer

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Instead of spending time in the breeding shed, Mass Media will run in Saturday's Carter.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Achilles of Troy, whose dominant wins in the Count Fleet and Whirlaway stakes over Aqueduct's inner track vaulted him to prominence in the 3-year-old division, has been taken off the Triple Crown trail due to injury, his connections said Wednesday.

Ernie Paragallo, the authorized agent for his family-owned Paraneck Stable, said that Achilles of Troy has "heat in his left front suspensory" and his rear-end is "a little sore."

Paragallo said Achilles of Troy would leave his Aqueduct barn at the end of the week for a facility where he would be able to swim for 30 days. He isn't expected to resume training until summer.

"He's sound, you couldn't tell anything was wrong with him," Paragallo said. "He was just a little ouchy in behind and had a little heat. The vet said we could inject him and go on, but I'd rather run the horse in Saratoga."

Achilles of Troy, a son of Notebook, finished fifth as the favorite in the Gotham on March 18 and was vanned off following the race. Initially the diagnosis was a problem in his right foreleg, but the final evaluation was that Achilles of Troy was suffering from muscle spasms in his back.

Achilles of Troy resumed training and even worked six furlongs in 1:16.71 on March 29 as he was preparing for a start in the Arkansas Derby on April 15. Achilles of Troy was to have been a separate betting interest in the third pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but Churchill Downs planned to scratch him before wagering was to open on Thursday. Achilles of Troy closed at 26-1 in Pool 1 and 15-1 in Pool 2.

Paragallo still holds out hope that another of his stable's 3-year-olds, Scanlon's Song, can make the Derby. He is scheduled to run in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

A visually impressive maiden winner over the inner track on Jan. 28, Scanlon's Song has been disappointing in two tries in allowance company.

"He really couldn't handle that inner track," Paragallo said. "His first race he had the perfect outside trip. His other two races he had to check and go around. He's such a big horse you would think the bigger turns over here would suit him more."

Scanlon's Song figures to be one of the longer shots on the board in a Wood field that is likely to draw nine horses.

Bob and John, who figures to vie for favoritism with Keyed Entry, was scheduled to arrive from Southern California on Wednesday. Bob and John was on a Federal Express flight along with stablemate Too Much Bling that was due to land at Newark Liberty Airport.

Mass Media returns in Carter

When Mass Media left New York following his second-place finish in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last November, it was believed that would be the last race of his career. He was a Grade 1-winning son of Touch Gold who was about to turn 5 years old.

After spending one month on the farm, Mass Media did not go to stud and in February he was returned to trainer Bobby Frankel's Hollywood Park barn. Mass Media is scheduled to make his seasonal debut in Saturday's Grade 1 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs.

"They were going to stand him at stud; they changed their mind," Frankel said Wednesday from California. "He's a nice, sound horse. I thought he should be in training."

Though he has spent a majority of his career in Southern California, Mass Media has had most of his success on the East Coast. In addition to his victory in last September's Grade 1 Forego, he won the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap over Aqueduct's main track on Oct. 31, 2004. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 115 that day, and beat subsequent Cigar Mile winner Lion Tamer.

Mass Media looked like the winner at the eighth pole of last year's Cigar Mile, but was run down by longshot Purge.

"He ran a great race," Frankel said. "I don't know how he got beat, to be honest with you."

Mass Media, who will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, was assigned 118 pounds for the Carter, two than defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train. The field is also expected to include Sir Greeley, Happy Hunting, Call the Lord, Kazoo, and Big Apple Daddy.

On Wednesday, Sir Greeley blew out four furlongs in 48.90 seconds over Belmont Park's training track.

One Way Flight may join Bay Shore

One Way Flight has had little luck this year. A bad start compromised him in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes in January, and a bad post forced him to scratch from the Gotham in March. In between, he ran a super race in the Whirlaway, but was still second best to Achilles of Troy.

The latest setback for One Way Flight came Wednesday when there were not enough entries for the racing office to card the $60,000 Thunder Rumble Stakes, a six-furlong race for New York-bred 3-year-olds scheduled for Friday.

If the connections of of One Way Flight want to run their horse this weekend, they may be forced to run in Saturday's $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes, where the competition would include the speedy colts Too Much Bling and Songster.

The other option would be to pass the Bay Shore and wait two more weeks for the Times Square Division of the New York Stallion Stakes. That seven-furlong race is worth $100,000 and is restricted to progeny of New York-based stallions.

One Way Flight is 2 for 2 in restricted company, having won a maiden race at Belmont and the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes as a 2-year-old.

* Aqueduct will be closed the next two Sundays due to the holidays. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. The following Sunday is Easter Sunday. Because of the closures, there will be a change in entry schedule. Entries for the following two Wednesday cards will be taken on the preceding Friday. Entries for the following two Thursday cards will be on the preceding Saturday.