08/17/2005 11:00PM

Bellamy Road's next race a kept secret

Bellamy Road, with Carlos Correa aboard, trains this week on the Oklahoma track in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The connections of Bellamy Road have decided where the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite will make his next start. They just aren't ready to let everybody else know yet.

Ed Sexton, the racing manager for George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, said he is trying to avoid the media hype the horse received prior to the Kentucky Derby, where he finished seventh as the favorite. Still, Sexton dropped hints Thursday that Bellamy Road is more likely to run against Lost in the Fog in the $250,000 King's Bishop at seven furlongs than the $1 million Travers at 1 1/4 miles. Both races are here on Aug. 27.

"I think it'd be more effective coming back if you beat Lost in the Fog," Sexton said Thursday from Kinsman Farm in Ocala, Fla. "To finish second in the Travers, you're lost, you're forgotten about. To finish second to Lost in the Fog is a hell of a performance. If we run in that race, we wouldn't be running for second, we'd be running to win. [Lost in the Fog] is a serious horse, he's a top-class horse."

Lost in the Fog, who arrived in Saratoga from northern California on Tuesday and galloped over the Oklahoma training track on Thursday, is undefeated in eight career starts. All of his races have been sprints.

"If there's one horse that can beat Lost in the Fog, we got him," Sexton said. "It's like a boxer; everybody meets their match. We're hoping we are his match. If we run against him, he'll have to run harder than he's ever run to beat us."

Sexton didn't rule out the Travers. As of Thursday, the Travers only had six confirmed starters: Andromeda's Hero, Chekhov, Don't Get Mad, Flower Alley, Reverberate, and Roman Ruler.

Still, running 1 1/4 miles off a four-month layoff and an injury "would be quite an amazing feat," said Nick Zito, trainer of Bellamy Road. "But the horse is an amazing horse."

Sexton said Bellamy Road popped two splints in his right foreleg in the Kentucky Derby, finishing seventh, 6 3/4 lengths behind the winning Giacomo.

Zito plans to work Bellamy Road Saturday morning and then go over the plans with Sexton. Zito said that Steinbrenner had mentioned entering Bellamy Road in both the King's Bishop and Travers when the entries are taken next Wednesday to give them more time to think about things. But state racing laws prohibit entering in more than one race on one card.

Sexton and Zito said the major objective for Bellamy Road this year is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. Sexton mentioned the $750,000 Super Derby on Oct. 1 at Louisiana Downs as a possible stepping-stone to the Classic.

Sweet Symphony takes Alabama shot

On Saturday, Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable will run its top 3-year-old filly Sweet Symphony in the Grade 1 Alabama. Sweet Symphony, trained by Bill Mott, is undefeated in three starts and will be making her stakes debut in this 1 1/4-mile race.

According to Sexton, Sweet Symphony was delayed in getting to the races because of back problems. Sexton said Sweet Symphony became a special project of his and the Kinsman staff.

"She was rushed along and got injured," Sexton said. "We spent months with this filly, walking her, swimming her, walking her, swimming her, giving her acupuncture. We finally got her right."

Sweet Symphony, a daughter of A.P. Indy, won her maiden at Belmont going seven furlongs on May 12. She won an entry-level allowance race on June 24 in very impressive fashion. On July 28, Sweet Symphony won a second-level allowance race in a solid, albeit unspectacular performance.

"It's a good bet for us," Mott said. "The filly's doing well, she's won over the racetrack, [and] we got two favorites that are on the sidelines. Even if she picks up a third-place finish - which hopefully we'd do better than that - it's good."

Smuggler pointed to Gazelle

Smuggler, the Coaching Club American Oaks and Mother Goose winner, is one of the favorites not making it to the Alabama. She missed a few days of training because of a fever.

Smuggler has recently resumed training and is being pointed to the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 10. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he doesn't anticipate Smuggler losing any fitness from missing a few days of training.

"The way she's going I wouldn't think so," he said. "Every day's better."

Artie Schiller to Atto Mile

Artie Schiller will have his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile in the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 18, said his trainer, Jimmy Jerkens.

Jerkens believes he's better off running Artie Schiller at the mile distance rather than 1 1/8 miles to get him reacquainted with the early pace of such a race

"If he's going to run in the Breeders' Cup Mile, he's got to get used to running a little faster earlier," Jerkens said. "He hasn't had that since his first race. He's been going off slow in the early part of his races. In the Breeders' Cup Mile you have to chug along just to keep up."

Jerkens also likes the timing of the Atto Mile. The race is seven weeks from Artie Schiller's victory in the Bernard Baruch Handicap here on Aug. 1 and six weeks to the Breeders' Cup Mile, run Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

Jerkens said Smokey Glacken, winner of an allowance race here on Sunday, could make her next start in the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap here on Aug. 28. Smokey Glacken earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure of 94 in Sunday's race.

"If it looks like we could get a check in a Grade 1 we'd take a shot," said Jerkens, who also mentioned the Grade 3, $100,000 Floral Park Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 17 as a second option.

* Sun King, the Haskell runner-up, worked four furlongs in 52.04 seconds Thursday morning. Zito, his trainer, said Sun King would not run in the Travers, but could be pointed to the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 5.