09/22/2007 12:00AM

Any Given Saturday gets job done

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - It wasn't the cakewalk most thought it would be, but Any Given Saturday got in a successful prep for next month's Breeders' Cup Classic with a 2 1/2-length victory over Tasteyville in Saturday's $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.

Tasteyville, who set the early fractions, held second by three-quarters of a length over Helsinki. Awesome Twist and Sightseeing completed the order of finish in the Grade 2 race.

The victory was the third straight for Any Given Saturday since he finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and was found to have a bruised foot following that race. Though he was not as brilliant as he was in winning the Dwyer and Haskell Invitational, Any Given Saturday still got the job done.

Breaking from post 2 under Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday hit the side of the gate at the break and was bumped by Tasteyville, who came in on him from post 3. Tasteyville opened up a six-length lead while running a half-mile in 46.12 seconds with Any Given Saturday in second, six lengths ahead of the rest of the field.

Gomez guided Any Given Saturday to the inside down the backside and they came off the rail around the turn to make their run after Tasteyville. With Gomez giving a busy ride, Any Given Saturday took over from Tasteyville outside the eighth pole and drew clear. He covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.31 over a fast track that had some moisture in it from intermittent showers.

"He did have to work a bit and I think the time shapes up solidly,'' winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. "The one thing we wanted to be a little bit careful of is the horse tends to wait a little bit when he makes the lead; you can't be too cute with one like that.''

Gomez said he was pleased that Any Given Saturday had some adversity to overcome.

"It was actually good he got jostled around a little bit, and it wasn't as easy as what it looked like on paper because he did have to overcome some things,'' Gomez said. "He actually made up a lot more ground than in most of his races. It was a good performance. He'll get a lot out of the race, and hopefully he shows up for the Breeders' Cup.''

The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic will be contested at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.