08/17/2006 11:00PM

Badge of Silver's goals set high

Badge of Silver will run in Saturday's Bernard Baruch , part of an ambitious schedule being set for him.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The quest to make Badge of Silver a Grade 1 winner will continue.

Badge of Silver, a talented but fragile 6-year-old son of Silver Deputy, is a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf. The only thing missing from his resume is a Grade 1 victory, which would make him even more of an attractive stallion prospect for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who own and bred Badge of Silver.

Badge of Silver has been away from the races since winning the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita on New Year's Day. He has needed ankle surgery since then and has been training steadily at Saratoga for Bobby Frankel. Badge of Silver is expected to return to the races in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap here, and then run in the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 7 and possibly return to the dirt in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November.

"We're trying to win a Grade 1 on grass and dirt if it's possible," Frankel said Friday morning. "Who knows? If he runs unbelievable, maybe we'll try him in the Breeders' Cup Mile."

Badge of Silver began his career in the barn of Ronny Werner and as a 3-year-old won the Risen Star Stakes by 10 lengths. He was injured in that year's Louisiana Derby, starting a trend that would continue throughout his career. His graded dirt wins came in the Hal's Hope, a Grade 3, and the New Orleans Handicap, a Grade 2. His best finish in a Grade 1 came in the 2004 Cigar Mile, where he finished second to Lion Tamer.

"He's got to make a great stallion as courageous a horse as he is," Frankel said.

Badge of Silver began training in June and shows six works since mid-July for his return, including a five-furlong move in 1:00.82 Wednesday over Saratoga's main track.

"Older horses don't take that long to get ready," Frankel said. "It ain't like you got to teach them something. This is probably as sound as I've ever had him since I've had him."

The field for the Bernard Baruch, run at 1 1/8 miles on the Mellon Turf, is expected to include Dreadnaught, Etesaal, Fishy Advice, and Leadwithyourchin. Interpatation, Quest Star, and T.D. Vance are possible.

Steppenwolfer done for the year

Trainer Danny Peitz confirmed that Steppenwolfer, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will not run again this year. Steppenwolfer has not run since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes.

Steppenwolfer was entered to run in the $1 million Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, but was scratched when he got a temperature. Though Steppenwolfer had been training steadily until Wednesday, Peitz wasn't happy with how he was doing.

"My rider started saying he wasn't using himself behind," Peitz said. "We X-rayed all four of his ankles, we're not seeing a whole lot. He's acting like he's not training with as much enthusiasm as he did all spring long, so we'll stop and let Mother Nature take care of him.

"The good thing is he's not broke down," Peitz continued. "I would be shocked if even with a little time off he won't be back to his old self. We'll give him some time and hope he comes back as a better 4-year-old."

Peitz said Steppenwolfer would be shipped to a farm in Ocala, Fla.

Peitz said he would try and get Steppenwolfer ready for the handicap races at Oaklawn next winter. Last winter, Steppenwolfer ran four times at Oaklawn, winning an allowance race and finishing behind Lawyer Ron in the Rebel, Southwest, and Arkansas Derby.

Showing Up likely for Sky Classic

Showing Up, winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 12, will most likely make his next start in the $300,000 Sky Classic Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 24. That would be the 3-year-old colt's first start against older horses and serve as a prep for a start in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Assistant trainer Robin Smullen explained trainer Barclay Tagg's reasons for choosing the Sky Classic over a race such as the Grade 1 Man o' War at Belmont on Sept. 9.

"You're going up against older horses for the first time in an easier spot and you'll have a fresh horse going into the Breeders' Cup," Smullen said. "That's his thinking, and it's pretty good thinking, I might add. He came out of the race real well."

Smullen said that Tagg also liked that the Sky Classic is six weeks from the Secretariat and six weeks to the Breeders' Cup.

Funny Cide sharp in breeze

Funny Cide continues to train well as he prepares for a possible start in the Grade 1 Woodward here on Sept. 2. On Friday, Funny Cide breezed a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.03, the second-fastest of 20 works at the distance. Exercise rider Simon Harris was up for the move.

"It happens to be a good move on that track," Smullen said. "Simon says he's better every work since he's been up here."

If Funny Cide runs in the Woodward, it would be just his second start at Saratoga. In 2004, he finished second to Evening Attire in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup, a race that is no longer on the schedule.

Remarkable News Canada-bound?

Showing Up isn't the only horse likely headed to Canada for a possible Breeders' Cup prep.

Remarkable News, winner of the Fourstardave Handicap here on Aug. 6, will most likely make his next start in the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17. A good effort in that race could convince his connections to supplement to the Breeders' Cup Mile at a cost of $300,000.

"We talked about it," said Angel Penna, who trains Remarkable News for owner Holly Rincon. "The next effort will tell us what to do. If the horse next time keeps stepping up like he has till now then we'll consider it."

On Friday, Remarkable News was credited with a four-furlong workout in 51.67 seconds over the main track, his first work since the Fourstardave.

"He likes to train, that's the good thing about this horse," Penna said. "I wanted to give him an extra day of walking after the race and he wouldn't let me."

Teuflesberg to get a rest

Teuflesberg suffered only some superficial cuts to a hind leg as a result of his stumbling at the start of Thursday's Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap. The maiden, who finished second in the Sanford on July 27 and fifth in the Special, will get a rest and be pointed to a maiden race during the fall Keeneland meet, his connections said.

"More than likely that's where we'll go," said Donnie Kelly, assistant to and fiance of trainer Jamie Sanders and part owner of the colt. "We're going to give him a rest. Last time, he wouldn't let us. This time we're going to make him. He's had six starts in a little more than five months, that's quite a lot."

Meanwhile, Chace City, the winner of the Saratoga Special, came out of the race in good order, according to trainer Scott Blasi, who said he wasn't sure when and where the colt would run next.

"We're not ruling out anything, including the Hopeful," Blasi said.

Songster, Henny Hughes fire bullets

Songster and Henny Hughes completed preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes with bullet workouts over the main track on Saturday.

Songster, working faster than trainer Tom Albertrani would have liked, went four furlongs in 47.27 seconds, fastest of 27 moves at the distance. Henny Hughes, the likely King's Bishop favorite, went five furlongs in 59.56 seconds.

Others pointing to the King's Bishop are Court Folly, Mach Ride, and Star Dabbler.