09/05/2006 12:00AM

BC Sprint next for Pomeroy

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Brendan Benson / NYRA
Trainer Marty Wolfson says blinkers have greatly helped Pomeroy.

MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson may have two potential starters for this year's Breeders' Cup following Pomeroy's impressive victory in last Saturday's Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga.

Pomeroy sprinted to a 2 1/4-length decision over War Front in the Forego. The victory gave Wolfson his third Grade 1 win in as many tries at Saratoga, his first two coming with Chaposa Springs in the 1996 Test and 1997 Ballerina.

David Hutson's Silverleaf Farm purchased Pomeroy privately and turned him over to Wolfson after the horse underwent surgery to remove a chip from his ankle last winter.

"This win means a lot to me because it was such a struggle just getting Pomeroy to even train when he first came to us in March," Wolfson said. "He wouldn't even jog the first few times I sent him to the track but once I put blinkers on him it was like night and day. And he wouldn't work from the pole. All his works have been out of the gate. It also means a lot for the horse to get a Grade 1 victory because now he's going to be an even bigger and more important stallion in Florida."

Pomeroy was ridden to victory in the Forego by John Velazquez. He was substituting for regular rider Eddie Castro, who chose to ride Miesque's Approval the same afternoon in Monmouth Park's Red Bank Handicap. Unfortunately for Castro, that race was postponed until this Saturday.

"I was lucky to get John for the race and he rode him perfectly," said Wolfson. "He's committed to Henny Hughes, so Eddie will have the mount back for the Breeders' Cup."

Wolfson said Pomeroy was scheduled to return to Calder on Wednesday and will train up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Nov. 4.

"He runs so well fresh I don't think it will be a problem not to have another race between now and the Breeders' Cup," said Wolfson.

If all goes well, Wolfson hopes to give Miesque's Approval one more start after the Red Bank prior to the Breeders' Cup Mile. Miesque's Approval has won the Maker's Mark Mile and the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap - both Grade 2's - in his last two starts.

"The race I'm really pointing for is the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland," said Wolfson. "It's a Grade 1 and he's already proven he likes that course the way he won the Maker's Mark."

Straight Faced will go for sweep

Trainer Steve DiMauro said his undefeated Straight Faced came out of his hard-fought victory over Villainage in last Saturday's Affirmed Stakes in surprisingly good order and will now be targeted for a potential sweep of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in the In Reality Stakes at Calder on Oct. 14.

DiMauro nearly had to scratch Straight Faced from the seven-furlong Affirmed due to a tender frog on his left front foot. He did run Straight Faced in a bar shoe Saturday to protect the foot.

"He actually came out of the race better than he went in," said DiMauro. "We'll make sure the foot is healing well before we put him back into training but I don't want to lose too much time because we do have to get him ready to go a mile and a sixteenth in his next start. Fortunately we have six weeks between races."

The Affirmed marked the first time Straight Faced has been extended in four starts. He had won his three previous outings, including the Dr. Fager division of the Stallion Stakes, by an average of five lengths.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., whose Villainage has now been second behind Straight Faced in both legs of the Stallion Stakes, will try for a unique sweep of his own in the filly division of the Stallion series. Plesa has already accounted for the Desert Vixen Stakes with Snow Lady and last Saturday's Susan's Girl with Adhrhythm and will go for a sweep in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl on Oct. 14.

Adhrhythm jumped to the head of her division with a an easy victory in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl. Plesa also finished third in the race with Snow Lady and fourth with the lightly raced Synergy.

"All three came out of the race well and will be pointed for the My Dear Girl," said Plesa, whose 10 Stallion Series victories puts him second on the all-time list behind Frank Gomez's 14.

Plesa said he is also considering stretching his undefeated 2-year-old colt Yesbyjimminy around two turns in his next start. Yesbyjimminy remained unbeaten following his victory last Saturday in the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash.

"I'll work him a mile and if all goes well perhaps try him in the Foolish Pleasure," Plesa said referring to the mile-and-70-yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Sept. 23.