10/21/2001 11:00PM

Bella Bellucci gallops so easily she fools the clockers


ELMONT, N Y - Another picture-perfect morning for training with the track fast, the turf firm, the wind calm, and a temperature in the mid 50's. There was action aplenty from the time trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent out Classic entrant Orientate for a pre-dawn drill until Sarafan ended a parade of post-break Breeders' Cup workers nearly three hours later.

The busy morning also featured the first local appearance of Tiznow, who made not one but two trips to the track and nearly stopped traffic a couple of times when propping and wheeling.

Work of the Day

Bella Bellucci: Last five furlongs of six-furlong work in 1:00.44

Trainer Neil Drysdale's undefeated 2-year-old filly worked so well and so effortlessly she may have even fooled the clockers into thinking she was just galloping as she was officially timed a half-mile but actually broke off from the six-furlong pole. Hard to believe the fractions she laid down or the final time she posted while under snug restraint the entire way,


Orientate: six furlongs in 1:13.00

Worked under the cloak of darkness but looked quite strong coming down the stretch, finishing with good interest and galloping out nicely.


Timboroa: six furlongs in 1:18.77

Broke a couple of lengths in front of stablemate Aldaban with Edgar Prado aboard and maintained the advantage after merely galloping through an opening half in 56.08 seconds before finishing with good energy. Workmate gave the appearance he might have made it a horse race to the wire had his rider been so inclined.


Hook and Ladder: five furlongs in 1:00.81

Breezing alone with jockey Richard Migliore up, this usually speedy colt showed he can also relax when just cruising through a series of even-paced eighth-mile splits before picking up the pace just a bit when lightly roused for the final furlong. Nature of the work might signify trainer John Kimmel's intent to try and take the front-runner off what figures to be an extremely fast pace.

Left Bank: five furlongs in 1:02.26

Broke two lengths behind stablemate Bushy Park with John Velazquez in the irons, was nice and relaxed leaving the pole, and finished on even terms while never asked for any speed throughout the relatively slow but comfortable work.

Snow Ridge: four furlongs in 47.46

The last of three impressive Lukas workers on the morning. Was a bit anxious away from the pole but still managed to maintain a solid pace through the stretch while under little or no urging throughout. A very solid move over a track that had been fairly well chewed up by the time he made his appearance at 7:20 a.m.

Squirtle Squirt: four furlongs in 45.87

Undoubtedly the day's wildest work. Broke off from the pole full of run and out of control, going the opening eighth and quarter-miles in an outlandish 10.66 and 21.06 while moving so fast he was unable to make the turn, bearing well out into the track as he entered the stretch. Exercise rider Anna Hollander did a great job of finally getting him to settle once they straightened out into the lane but the early effort took its toll as he staggered through a final furlong in 12:87. Should give Caller One a stiff early challenge for the lead.


Balto Star: five furlongs in 1:03.59 on turf

Continues to make a grand appearance on the track. Worked an easy and relaxed five furlongs around the dogs although he did switch back to his left lead inside the sixteenth pole.

City Zip: five furlongs in 1:01.85 on the turf

Appears to be handling the turf course extremely well. Finished up nicely getting his final quarter in a shade under 23 after a very slow opening three-eighths.

Sarafan: six furlongs in 1:13.91

Broke off a couple of lengths behind stablemate L'Orange and was hard pressed to keep pace despite being under pressure through the final furlong.


Spain: five furlongs in 100:38

Gave the impression she is not going to relinquish her Distaff title easily after an impressive drill that featured a final quarter of 24.35 despite only mild urging from exercise rider Terry Berwanger. A close second to Bella Belluci's work of the day.

Juvenile Fillies

Shesastonecoldfox: six furlongs in 1:13.62

After a slow opening furlong she really picked up the pace around the turn, shading 35 for the next three-eighths of a mile before flattening out just a bit down the stretch and during her gallop out.

All times clocked by Mike Welsch