09/18/2007 11:00PM

Awesome Twist won't back down

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - It can be argued that the two most impressive performances of the Saratoga meet were turned in by Lawyer Ron in the Whitney and Midnight Lute in the Forego. Awesome Twist had the misfortune of being in both races.

Predictably, Awesome Twist was well beaten in both, finishing last of 11 in the Whitney and fifth, beaten 14 1/4 lengths, in the Forego.

Though admittedly gun-shy, trainer John Kimmel appears willing to run Awesome Twist back in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park, where Haskell Invitational winner Any Given Saturday looms an extremely heavy favorite.

Awesome Twist is one of just three horses expected to challenge Any Given Saturday in the Brooklyn, a race in which Awesome Twist finished second last year. C P West and Tasteyville are also considered definite starters by the racing office.

"We're a little bit on the fence about whether we're going to run, but the horse really had a good week this week, had a decent breeze, and seems like he is very happy and on it,'' Kimmel said. "Last year we had kind of a so-so race in the Forego and then he came back in just two weeks and ran a very good race in the Brooklyn.''

Awesome Twist, a son of Grade 1 winners Awesome Again and Twist Afleet, began the year with a solid second-place finish to High Finance in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Breeders' Cup Handicap, his first start in seven months. He earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

In the Whitney, Awesome Twist broke from the outside post in an 11-horse field. Jockey Javier Castellano took him back and tried to save ground and the horse ran last all the way around the track.

In the Forego, Awesome Twist broke slowly and was never really involved, though no one was going to beat Midnight Lute that day.

"I was really expecting some good things when he came back off the layoff and ran that nice Beyer number,'' Kimmel said. "I thought he was ready to go pretty far forward. I'm kind of little bit gun shy right now.''

Will Jazzy 'Bloom' on dirt?

Jazzy, who has run extremely well in two turf sprints in this country, will attempt to transfer that form to dirt when she runs in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"It opens up a lot more options if she can do it,'' trainer Mark Hennig said. "She's trained well over it, now is the time to give it a whirl. We can always go back to the turf, but we're optimistic she'll handle [dirt] well.''

Jazzy was bred in Argentina but raced exclusively in South Africa before coming to this country earlier this year. In her first start in the U.S., Jazzy finished a troubled second in the Incredible Revenge Stakes at Monmouth Park. She came back with a furious closing kick to get up in the final strides to win the Capades Stakes at Saratoga.

Hennig said Jazzy has trained very well on dirt, including a half-mile breeze in 47.61 seconds over the Belmont main track on Sunday.

The field is likely to include Pussycat Doll, Great Intentions, Cuaba, and Princess Janie. Dream Rush, who would probably have been the favorite, will skip the race.

Law Enforcement to Finger Lakes

Hennig said he believes his New York-bred Law Enforcement is good enough to be considered for the $2omillion Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But he plans on taking the back road to get there.

After winning a New York-bred maiden race at Belmont and the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes, Hennig plans to ship Law Enforcement back to Finger Lakes for the $200,000 New York Breeders' Futurity on Oct. 6 rather than attempting to stretch him out for the Grade 1 Champagne here the same day. A victory in the New York Futurity would make Law Enforcement 3 for 3, but it wouldn't guarantee Law Enforcement a start in the Juvenile because he would not have accumulated points in any graded stakes. Should the race oversubscribe, he would have to be selected by a panel of racing secretaries and handicappers to get into the field.

"Hopefully, he'll get some consideration if he runs up to expectations,'' Hennig said. "It's a $200,000 purse; he's going to be 1-5 or better. The owner paid into the fund to keep him eligible.''

Hennig also said that he doesn't mind the idea of stretching out Law Enforcement in distance for the first time in the Juvenile at Monmouth Park, a surface that typically favors speed.

"If there was a place you'd want to go to make your first start around two turns it would be Monmouth because of the way that track works,'' Hennig said.

Attila's Storm preps for BC Sprint

Attila's Storm stepped up his preparations for the BC Sprint on Wednesday by working four furlongs in 48.72 seconds over Belmont's main track. It was his first work since he finished third in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 1.

Trainer Richard Schosberg said the Forego - in which Attila's Storm was beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Midnight Lute - was a hard race on Attila's Storm and thus he gave him an extra week of galloping before asking him to breeze.

"It was his first work since his race," Schosberg said. "I was not looking for anything special, just go out there and stretch his legs, and that's what he did. We knew we weren't pressing him. We know we're not running him until Monmouth.''

Schosberg did not even nominate Attila's Storm to next weekend's Grade 1 Vosburgh.

Meanwhile, Schosberg maintained his winning ways Wednesday as Light Talc won a first-level allowance race by 4 3/4 lengths, giving Schosberg his fourth winner from five starters at this meet.

Unspoken Word wires Wild Applause

Unspoken Word took command soon after the start under Rafael Bejarano, opened up a five-length lead in midstretch, and then held off Stormy West by a neck to win the $78,950 Wild Applause Stakes on Wednesday. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to Sweet Ransom. The second- and third-place finishers are both trained by Bill Mott.

Unspoken Word, a 3-year-old daughter of Catienus, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.04 over firm turf and returned $10.60 as the third choice. Unspoken Word is owned by Paul Pompa and trained by Pat Reynolds.