Updated on 09/15/2011 12:17PM

Bad step won't slow Peeping Tom Monday

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Peeping Tom, the likely favorite for Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, gave his connections a bit of a scare last Sunday when he took a bad step at the conclusion of a workout.

However, trainer Pat Reynolds said the horse is doing fine, was scheduled for a blowout Saturday morning, and will run Monday.

According to Reynolds, another horse dropped his rider near the finish line of the main track. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who was working Peeping Tom a half-mile at the time, reached down to grab Peeping Tom in case the loose horse started coming toward him. Peeping Tom took a few bad steps, and after going a half-mile in 48.99 seconds, he was timed galloping out five furlongs in 1:06.

"He had me worried, a bad step at 37 miles per hour is a bad occurrence," Reynolds said. "The next couple of steps he took when he righted himself were not 100 percent. By the time we took him back to the track after his walk he was okay."

Peeping Tom walked on Monday and then was given an additional day of walking the shed row. Reynolds doesn't believe the incident will affect peeping Tom in the race. "He's sitting on ready," Reynolds said.

Post positions for Monday's Met Mile were to be drawn on Saturday. Joining Peeping Tom (119) in the gate figure to be Alannan (118), Trippi (118), Traditionally (117), Blade Prospector (116), Left Bank (115), Cat's at Home (114), and Exchange Rate (114). Bevo (114) is likely to be cross-entered in the Met and Sunday's Jaipur.

Traditionally turns it around

After Traditionally ran down so bad in a hind ankle in last year's Wood Memorial that he needed surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey felt the horse's future would be on grass.

After four futile tries on the turf, it looked as though Traditionally wouldn't have much of a future at all. But the regally bred son of Mr. Prospector-Personal Ensign turned it around this winter at Gulfstream Park.

Traditionally was excluded from a late January turf race so trainer Shug McGaughey entered him in a second-level dirt race. He finished a solid second behind Perfect Cat and then went on to win his next three starts - including the Grade 1 Oaklawn Park Handicap - by a combined 20 1/2 lengths.

"He got down to Florida this winter and he really liked that hard track down there," McGaughey said. "And I think that's carried over. I thought he'd probably like Oaklawn's track. They usually get it pretty speedy for that week. I didn't know if when I got him back up here if he'd like this one or not but he worked fine over it. I think the combination of things has helped him work through a lot of stuff to get where he is today."

McGaughey also credited jockey Pat Day for Traditionally's resurgence. Day is 3 for 4 on Traditionally.

Luzzi wins Venezia Award

Jockey Mike Luzzi was voted the winner of the 2001 Mike Venezia Memorial Award. The award, named for the jockey who was killed in a spill at Belmont on Oct. 13, 1988, honors riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."

Luzzi will be presented with a

13-inch bronze statue in a Monday ceremony in the Belmont paddock.

Luzzi was the 1989 Eclipse Award- winning apprentice rider and last September he passed the 2,000-win plateau. Luzzi was voted the Venezia award in a poll of fans, sports writers, and jockeys. Other riders nominated were Anthony Black, Dean Kutz, and Larry Melancon.

o Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos visited Belmont Park's main track for the first time Friday morning, galloping 1 3/8 miles over a muddy main track. Preakness runner-up A P Valentine also galloped Friday at Belmont and is scheduled to work Tuesday or Wednesday according to trainer Nick Zito.

o City Zip, who broke a seven-race losing streak by winning the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico on May 12, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.86 Friday over a muddy Belmont training track Friday. He is being pointed to the $150,000 Riva Ridge Stakes here on Belmont Stakes Day.ELMONT, N.Y. - Peeping Tom, the likely favorite for Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, gave his connections a bit of a scare last Sunday when he took a bad step at the conclusion of a workout.

However, trainer Pat Reynolds said the horse is doing fine, was scheduled for a blowout Saturday morning, and will run Monday.

According to Reynolds, another horse dropped his rider near the finish line of the main track. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who was working Peeping Tom a half-mile at the time, reached down to grab Peeping Tom in case the loose horse started coming toward him. Peeping Tom took a few bad steps, and after going a half-mile in 48.99 seconds, he was timed galloping out five furlongs in 1:06.

"He had me worried, a bad step at 37 miles per hour is a bad occurrence," Reynolds said. "The next couple of steps he took when he righted himself were not 100 percent. By the time we took him back to the track after his walk he was okay."

Peeping Tom walked on Monday and then was given an additional day of walking the shed row. Reynolds doesn't believe the incident will affect peeping Tom in the race. "He's sitting on ready," Reynolds said.

Post positions for Monday's Met Mile were to be drawn on Saturday. Joining Peeping Tom (119) in the gate figure to be Alannan (118), Trippi (118), Traditionally (117), Blade Prospector (116), Left Bank (115), Cat's at Home (114), and Exchange Rate (114). Bevo (114) is likely to be cross-entered in the Met and Sunday's Jaipur.

Traditionally turns it around

After Traditionally ran down so bad in a hind ankle in last year's Wood Memorial that he needed surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey felt the horse's future would be on grass.

After four futile tries on the turf, it looked as though Traditionally wouldn't have much of a future at all. But the regally bred son of Mr. Prospector-Personal Ensign turned it around this winter at Gulfstream Park.

Traditionally was excluded from a late January turf race so trainer Shug McGaughey entered him in a second-level dirt race. He finished a solid second behind Perfect Cat and then went on to win his next three starts - including the Grade 1 Oaklawn Park Handicap - by a combined 20 1/2 lengths.

"He got down to Florida this winter and he really liked that hard track down there," McGaughey said. "And I think that's carried over. I thought he'd probably like Oaklawn's track. They usually get it pretty speedy for that week. I didn't know if when I got him back up here if he'd like this one or not but he worked fine over it. I think the combination of things has helped him work through a lot of stuff to get where he is today."

McGaughey also credited jockey Pat Day for Traditionally's resurgence. Day is 3 for 4 on Traditionally.

Luzzi wins Venezia Award

Jockey Mike Luzzi was voted the winner of the 2001 Mike Venezia Memorial Award. The award, named for the jockey who was killed in a spill at Belmont on Oct. 13, 1988, honors riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."

Luzzi will be presented with a

13-inch bronze statue in a Monday ceremony in the Belmont paddock.

Luzzi was the 1989 Eclipse Award- winning apprentice rider and last September he passed the 2,000-win plateau. Luzzi was voted the Venezia award in a poll of fans, sports writers, and jockeys. Other riders nominated were Anthony Black, Dean Kutz, and Larry Melancon.

o Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos visited Belmont Park's main track for the first time Friday morning, galloping 1 3/8 miles over a muddy main track. Preakness runner-up A P Valentine also galloped Friday at Belmont and is scheduled to work Tuesday or Wednesday according to trainer Nick Zito.

o City Zip, who broke a seven-race losing streak by winning the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico on May 12, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.86 Friday over a muddy Belmont training track Friday. He is being pointed to the $150,000 Riva Ridge Stakes here on Belmont Stakes Day.