11/07/2003 12:00AM

Aeneas to stay away from Medaglia d'Oro


MIAMI - Trainer Bobby Frankel's decision to run Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Medaglia d'Oro in the $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 has led trainer Marty Wolfson to reconsider the itinerary for his locally based handicap star Aeneas.

Wolfson had been pointing Aeneas for the Clark since Aeneas finished third behind Perfect Drift and Tenpins in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Sept. 28. That effort was the third straight in-the-money finish for Aeneas in a graded stakes race and his fourth this year. He was also second in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park and Washington Park handicaps, and second in the Grade 3 Iselin Breeders' Cup.

If Medaglia d'Oro runs in the Clark, Wolfson said he will probably wait to run Aeneas in the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap at 1 1/8 miles here on Dec. 27.

"He's already run against Mineshaft, Perfect Drift, and Tenpins this year, and I just don't want to keep discouraging him by sending him up against a horse like Medaglia d'Oro," Wolfson said. "I can train him up to the Hooper and that will be a good lead-in for the Gulfstream meet and the Donn Handicap, which is our primary goal at the moment."

Wolfson works juveniles

Wolfson worked his top 2-year-old prospects, Wynn Dot Comma and Chatter Chatter, earlier this week in preparation for their next starts, on the Florida Million program next Saturday. Wynn Dot Comma went five furlongs in 1:00.60 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.60 on Thursday morning. Chatter Chatter breezed five furlongs in 59.20 on Tuesday.

"Wynn Dot Comma is training beautifully," said Wolfson. "Chatter Chatter worked unbelievable."

Wynn Dot Comma, who is undefeated in four starts, will run against Florida Stallion Stakes winner Sir Oscar, who is also undefeated, in the seven-furlong Jack Price Stakes. Chatter Chatter will be the odds-on favorite to capture the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies.

Jack Price spoiler?

While the match-up between Wynn Dot Comma and Sir Oscar will be the main attraction in the Jack Price, trainer Bill White is hoping to sneak past the two with Stolen Time. A son of Time Bandit, Stolen Time has won two of his three career starts, including the one mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

Stolen Time worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a sloppy track and around the dogs shortly after the renovation break on Friday morning. It was the latest in a string of sharp drills for Stolen Time since his victory in the Foolish Pleasure.

"We know this will be a very competitive race but he's doing very well," said White, who trains Stolen Time for owner-breeders Dr. K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman.

- Chris DeCarlo, who rode regularly at Gulfstream Park for the first time last winter, has returned to south Florida from Delaware Park. DeCarlo won more than 20 races at Delaware Park despite not arriving until well past the middle of the meet. DeCarlo is no stranger to Calder; he lost his bug after winning the 35th race of his career here on May 16, 1992.