07/26/2006 11:00PM

Bella back at scene of success


OCEANPORT, N.J. - The well-traveled Bella Shambrock returns to Monmouth Park Saturday for the $60,000 Tyro Stakes.

The Tyro, the first 2-year-old stakes of the meet, attracted a field of eight and serves as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling Stakes on Sept. 4.

Bella Shambrock is the lone stakes winner in the field, having captured the Prairie Gold Juvenile on July 4, closing day of the Thoroughbred meet at Prairie Meadows.

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent five horses to Iowa for stakes races over the Fourth of July weekend. Bella Shambrock was the only one to come home a winner, besting Sequoia King - who is also in the Tyro - following a speed duel.

Bella Shambrock debuted at Keeneland in April, finishing fourth and fifth after being favored at 6-5 in both races.

Bella Shambrock was a smashing success in his next outing, romping to a 14 1/4-length maiden victory at Monmouth. From Monmouth, the colt shipped to Churchill Downs. The next stop was Prairie Meadows, before returning to Churchill Downs and eventually winding up back at Monmouth.

"He breezed real well here," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "He seemed to handle all that shipping really well."

Bella Shambrock worked four furlongs in 49.20 seconds on Monday.

Bella Shambrock will face three horses who call Monmouth home. Both Fandabidoo and Baby Buzz have run once and won here, while Actin Good won a maiden race on July 4.

Fandabidoo was a front-running winner on June 23 in a $40,000 maiden claimer.

"Trying to put a value on him first time out was hard," said trainer Kelly Breen. "I'm not saying he's not a claimer, but, for right now, we'll try him in a stakes."

Baby Buzz was a visually impressive winner against New Jersey-breds on June 29.

"He ran nicely," said trainer Jim Ryerson. "Maybe not as fast as some others, but he ran well and he's come back good."

Sequoia King, who also has done some serious traveling, will take another shot at Bella Shambrock. He is winless in three starts since debuting with a victory at Keeneland in April. Since his maiden score, Sequoia King has finished sixth in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, sixth in the Williard Proctor Memorial at Hollywood Park, and second in the Prairie Gold Juvenile.

Completing the field are Heart Throbbin', Mistycal Light, and Tristar Arts, who is also entered in Sunday's $60,000 Chenery Stakes on the turf at Colonial Downs.