06/06/2007 12:00AM

Badgett back training with 15-horse string


ELMONT, N.Y. - When Bill Badgett quit training at the end of 2004, he left the door ajar to someday returning. He has now busted that door down.

Badgett, best known as being the trainer of the Hall of Fame filly Go for Wand, has returned to training and will start his first horse, Out of Gwedda, in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park.

Badgett, who trained horses on his own for 20 years, quit to become a bloodstock adviser. The last horse he saddled was Timo, who finished sixth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. He said a couple of owners he used to train for talked him into coming back.

"Although you can actually make a living doing the sales on a full-time basis, I can still do both," Badgett, 54, said. "All the people I'm training for are still involved in the buying part of it."

Out of Gwedda is owned by one of Badgett's clients, Bruno Hofmann, who runs under the name Pegasus Dream Stable. Badgett purchased Out of Gwedda for $100,000 as a 2-year-old, and the horse, then trained by Todd Pletcher, won his first two starts, including the Tremont Stakes. He has lost his last four starts, including the Derby Trial.

Badgett was hoping to run Out of Gwedda in an allowance race, but it didn't fill. Out of Gwedda, who worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on May 30, will be a longshot in the Woody Stephens.

Badgett said he has 15 horses, but plans to build up to 30 in the near future.

"I'm starting from the bottom and I've got to work my way back up, but I'm ready for the challenge," Badgett said. "The only good part about this, I know all the mistakes I made before; hopefully, I won't make them again."

Badgett, who worked as an assistant to Dominick Imperio, Joe Cantey, and Woody Stephens, went out on his own in 1985. Four years later he developed Go for Wand into the champion 2-year-old filly of 1989 and champion 3-year-old filly of 1990.

Migliore back for four mounts

Jockey Richard Migliore, the New York native who has resurrected his career in Southern California, will return home for two days to ride. Migliore is named on one horse Friday and three more Saturday, including Bordonaro, the favorite for the Grade 2 True North Handicap.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Migliore said Wednesday morning after arriving in Southern California following a cross-country flight from New York. "I haven't ridden in New York since the Fall Highweight last November. I miss everybody. It's going to be great to catch up with everybody in the room. My valet, John Milano, is one of my best friends and my daughter's godfather, and I haven't seen him since November. I'm excited."

Migliore, 43, left New York last fall looking for a fresh start. He finished fourth in the standings at Santa Anita and is tied for third at the current Hollywood Park meeting with 20 wins from 144 mounts.

"I think I definitely exceeded expectations," Migliore said. "For me to be fourth at Santa Anita in my first full meet there, I just think was huge. I've been so well received, people have given me a really good chance. I can't say anything but nice things about the opportunity afforded me here. Things are good at Hollywood; I can see them getting better."

At the conclusion of most racing weeks, Migliore takes the red-eye to New York to spend a couple of days with his wife, Carmella, and the couple's four children.

After riding at Hollywood on Wednesday and Thursday, Migliore will arrive back in New York on Friday morning in time to ride Out of Time in the $65,000 Babae Stakes. Out of Time is a 3-year-old French-bred filly who won a Group 3 against males last summer. This will be her U.S. debut.

On Saturday, Migliore will have three mounts, including Bordonaro, one of the best sprinters in the country. Migliore rode Bordonaro to victory in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn on April 13.

"I really liked him; I think he's a really good horse," Migliore said. "I think he worked exceptional for the race last Friday. [Trainer Bill Spawr] is really happy with him. Bill knows him so well - he feels he's coming into this race as well if not better than any of his other races."

Silence Dogood can end bridesmaid role

After finishing second to Panty Raid and Rutherienne in her last two starts, Silence Dogood may finally have landed in a spot to grab all the glory in Friday's $65,000 Babae Stakes.

The Babae, at seven furlongs on the Widener turf course, drew a field of 10.

Two starts back, Silence Dogood was beaten a neck by Panty Raid in an allowance on Polytrack. Panty Raid came back to win the Black-Eyed Susan. In her next start, Silence Dogood finished second to Rutherienne in the Sugar Plum Time on the turf. Rutherienne came back to dead-heat for the win in the Grade 3 Sands Point.

Silence Dogood may appreciate cutting back to seven furlongs.

Out of Time beat males in a Group 3 race in France and makes her U.S. debut in this spot. Limoncella made a successful 3-year-old debut, winning a first-level allowance here on May 18.

Tony Dutrow under suspension

Trainer Anthony Dutrow is in the midst of serving a 14-day suspension after two of his horses tested positive for an overage of phenlybutazone at Delaware Park. Dutrow was suspended seven days and fined $1,000 for each violation. The suspension began on June 2 and runs through June 16. The horses who tested positive were Lord Snowdon and Bill Place.

Dutrow's horses will be running for trainer Dove Houghton. Included in that group are Bill Place, who is running in the Woody Stephens, and Dashboard Drummer and Suave Jazz, who are both running in Saturday's True North.

"Two horses that shipped from New York to race at Delaware to race were given too much bute," Dutrow said. "This is my first suspension in over 31 years of training. I was happy to figure what exactly happened."