07/22/2005 11:00PM

Bellamy Road to King's Bishop


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bellamy Road, who injured a splint bone while running seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, is being pointed to a return in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27, trainer Nick Zito said Saturday.

The seven-furlong King's Bishop is also scheduled to be the next start for the undefeated Lost in the Fog. Roman Ruler, who won the Dwyer and is scheduled to run next in the Haskell, is also possible for the King's Bishop.

"I know it's a tough race, but Bellamy Road, when he's right he can run with any horse, so that's what I'm going to do," Zito said Saturday from Saratoga. "I talked to the Steinbrenner family and they said, 'Whatever you want to do,' and that's what I want to do."

Though the King's Bishop is the same day as the Travers, the fact that it's seven furlongs as opposed to 1 1/4 miles makes it Zito's preferred target.

"The Travers is a stretch, a mile and a quarter - we couldn't do it," Zito said. "We know the [King's Bishop] is going to go. I would have loved to have brought him back at a mile, but the timing is good. I know he'll be ready by then."

Bellamy Road had a splint bone pinfired in early June. He returned to the work tab on July 16, working four furlongs in 51.36 seconds over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track. On Saturday, he worked four furlongs in 50.20 seconds, the fastest of 20 at the distance.

"He looked super, like he always does," Zito said. "It was really good to see him come back because, one thing about it, he's a special horse."

High Fly, the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby winner who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, worked four furlongs in 53.16. Zito said a possible return spot for High Fly is the Jerome Handicap on Sept. 11.

Adirondack tops Spa opener

Stakes winners Adieu and Fifth Avenue head an eight-horse field entered in the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack for juvenile fillies, the opening-day feature at Saratoga on Wednesday.

Adieu, a daughter of El Corredor, is 2 for 2 for trainer Todd Pletcher, including a victory in the Astoria Stakes on July 3. Adieu drew post 2 and will carry co-highweight of 121 pounds along with Fifth Avenue, who won the Fashion Stakes by a nose over Blissful Trip.

Trainer Steve Klesaris entered the coupled entry of Little Miss Zip and Cajun Mistress. Both were front-end winners on back-to-back days at Belmont in mid-June. On Saturday, both fillies worked three furlongs from the gate in 35.80 at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

There are 10 races on Saratoga's opening-day card, which begins with a steeplechase event. In the race prior to the Adirondack, graded-stakes winners Purge and Grand Reward square off in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race.

Purge is winless in four starts since taking last year's Jim Dandy at Saratoga. In his most recent start, Purge finished last in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn on March 13.

Grand Reward won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, but most recently was pulled up in the Pimlico Special. The race also features graded-stakes winners Thunder Touch and New York Hero.

Aristocrat, a full brother to Ghostzapper, is entered in a seven-furlong maiden race, which goes as the third race on the card.

Backstretch clinic debuts

Several horsemen's groups have come together to open a backstretch health clinic that will debut at Saratoga on Wednesday.

The clinic, which will help address the health needs of backstretch workers at Saratoga, is located in a trailer near the recreation hall on Union Avenue. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Saratoga meet.

Jack Knowlton, the head of the Sackatoga syndicate that owns Funny Cide, is the head of Empire Health Care, and helped get the clinic started. The New York Racing Association, the Backstretch Employees Services Team, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Schenectady Family Health Services also made this happen.