06/20/2001 11:00PM

Albert the Great gets a rematch


ELMONT, N.Y. - Albert the Great will get a chance to avenge two of the toughest defeats of his career in the July 1 Suburban Handicap on his home court.

Include, who defeated Albert the Great by a neck in last month's Pimlico Special, and Unshaded, who defeated Albert the Great by a head in last summer's Travers, are both expected to run in the Suburban, a Grade 2 $500,000 race at Belmont Park.

"That would be great," said Nick Zito, trainer of Albert the Great. "It would be good for racing, good for our horse, and good for the game."

Albert the Great is coming off a 3 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, his fifth win from six starts over Belmont Park's main track.

Following his last-jump victory over Albert the Great in the Pimlico Special, Include shipped to Boston and won the Massachusetts Handicap by four lengths over Sir Bear. In both races, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 117. Include has won five straight and nine of his last 10.

Include has already worked twice since the Mass Cap, including a six-furlong breeze in 1:17.20 at Laurel Park last Saturday. He was scheduled to breeze at Laurel on Friday.

"He's come out of his races good. He seems fine," trainer Bud Delp said Thursday. Delp added that Include would breeze again next Wednesday at Laurel and arrive in New York early Thursday morning.

Unshaded is expected to be wheeled back just two weeks after finishing fifth in the Stephen Foster Handicap.

Others pointing to the Suburban are Traditionally, winner of the Oaklawn Park Handicap; Lido Palace, runner-up in the Hawthorne Gold Cup; and Perfect Cat, runner-up to Albert the Great in the Brooklyn. First Lieutenant and Boston Party are possible starters.

Flute, Fleet Renee to go in Mother Goose

Kentucky Oaks winner Flute and Ashland winner Fleet Renee are set to renew acquaintances in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on June 30, their connections confirmed Thursday.

Flute shipped back to California shortly after winning the Oaks by 2 3/4 lengths and has breezed five times at Hollywood Park, including a six-furlong move in 1:12.80 on Sunday. She will most likely work again this weekend before shipping to New York on Tuesday, according to trainer Bobby Frankel.

Fleet Renee, who finished fourth as the 8-5 favorite in the Oaks, breezed four furlongs in 52 seconds Thursday at trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm.

"After the Oaks, she was blowing very, very hard, and not an unfitness type of hard, something was not quite right with her," Dickinson said. "After the Ashland, she didn't blow a candle out."

Dickinson said he did not perform any tests on Fleet Renee "because she's been all right since then."

Others pointing to the Mother Goose are Acorn winner Forest Secrets, Black-Eyed Susan winner Two Item Limit, Fantasy winner Mystic Lady, Fair Grounds Oaks winner Real Cozzy, Bonnie Miss winner Tap Dance, Exogenous, Indy Glory, Lady Katie, and Zonk.

Dr Greenfield works

Dr Greenfield, who finished last in the Belmont Stakes after acting unruly at the gate, worked four furlongs in 50.02 seconds over Belmont Park's inner turf course Thursday.

It was his first move since the Belmont and first since being moved to trainer Bill Mott's barn.

"He looked good, moved well," Mott said. "We've had him in the starting gate two or three days." The trainer said that Bob Duncan, the Belmont starter, has been working with Dr Greenfield. "We've had him in and out of the gate and haven't had a problem," said Mott.

While Mott said he would like to point Dr Greenfield toward turf races, Barry Irwin, head of the Team Valor racing syndicate that owns Dr Greenfield, said he hasn't given up trying him back on the dirt.

"We have no plans with this horse," Irwin said. "We'll train him and see. I think he's a dirt horse. I'm sure the horse will prove himself."

Patient Arnold hopes for big summer

Trainer Rusty Arnold has finished second in four graded stakes the past month. He hopes to be able to turn that around this summer.

Although there are spots for his fillies Lady Melesi and Victory Ride in the next week, Arnold has elected to keep them in the barn for now. Lady Melesi, who ran second in the Grade 1 Milady at Hollywood Park on June 3, was kept out of Saturday's Hempstead Handicap. Arnold said his major objectives this summer with Lady Melesi are the $600,000 Delaware Park Handicap on July 22 and the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

Victory Ride, who finished second as the favorite in the Grade 1 Acorn, will skip the Mother Goose and train right up to the Grade 1 Test on July 28 at Saratoga. On Thursday, Victory Ride breezed four furlongs in 50.02 seconds over Belmont's main track.