05/24/2013 3:30PM

Belmont: Disposablepleasure works her way back to top in Phipps


ELMONT, N.Y. – Disposablepleasure could not break through the upper echelon of the 3-year-old filly division on dirt last year so her connections tried experimenting.

After a mediocre race on turf and a disastrous effort on synthetic, Disposablepleasure was given some time off while her connections pondered her future.

Back to the dirt since she began her 4-year-old season, Disposablepleasure has earned the right to return to Grade 1 competition when she runs in Monday’s $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park.

The Phipps, run at 1 1/16 miles, is one of three graded stakes on the undercard of the 11-race Metropolitan Mile program.

Disposablepleasure, owned by Glencrest Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Grade 2 Demoiselle at 2. Last year, she was stakes-placed in the Fair Grounds Oaks, Black-Eyed Susan, and Mother Goose before finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. From there it was a mediocre effort on turf and a non-effort in the Grade 1 Spinster on synthetic.

“She’s a filly that knocked on the door repeatedly and we were just trying to find her niche and unfortunately we were kind of zigging and zagging,” Pletcher said. “It looks like we’re back to where we started. So far it’s working out well this year.”

Disposablepleasure won a second-level allowance race at Gulfstream and followed that with a 3 1/2-length win in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne in what Pletcher called “arguably the best race of her career.”

Disposablepleasure will break from post 5 under Javier Castellano. Her stablemate Authenticity, who won the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill last out, will break from post 3 under Mike Smith.

The Phipps includes a game of musical jockeys. John Velazquez rode Authenticity in the La Troienne, but is now riding Believe You Can, whose regular rider, Rosie Napravnik, is aboard Joyful Victory, whom she rode to a four-length victory in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita. Believe You Can was a late addition to the field.

Tiz Miz Sue, a multiple graded stakes winner, comes out of a second-place finish to On Fire Baby in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom.

Kauai Katie gets rail for Acorn

Kauai Katie, 6 for 6 in races at seven furlongs or shorter including five wins in stakes, will attempt a one-turn mile in Monday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn.

Kauai Katie, who is 3 for 3 this year, will have to navigate the mile from the rail in a race with plenty of other early speed types.

“Shes a pretty fast filly so it’s not going to be very often that I think she’s going to be following a lot of horses,” Pletcher said. “But she’s rateable and kind enough that if the scenario presents itself where there’s someone showing a lot of speed, she can sit off of them.”

The Acorn attracted Midnight Lucky, who won the Sunland Park Oaks by eight lengths before finishing fifth after setting the pace in the Kentucky Oaks on May 3. Midnight Lucky will break from post 5 under Rosie Napravnik.

The Acorn field includes Gazelle winner Close Hatches, Cue the Moon, Momentary Magic, and Let Me Entertain U.

Brown, Tagg dominate Sands Point

Trainers Chad Brown and Barclay Tagg send out four of the six runners entered for Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Sands Point Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Brown has the uncoupled entry of Watsdachances and Wave Theory while Tagg sends out the uncoupled entry of Unbelievable Dream and Caroline Thomas.

Watsdachances won the P.G. Johnson and Grade 3 Miss Grillo last year before finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. In her only star this year, she finished fourth, 2 1/4 lengths behind Unbelievable Dream in the Grade 3 Appalachian.

Wave Theory has only a maiden win on turf to her credit and stumbled and lost her rider at the break of the Edgewood at Churchill on Oaks Day.

Unbelievable Dream, a New York-bred daughter of Kitalpha, is 3 for 4 in her career for Tagg. Caroline Thomas finished third in the Sweetest Chant before running fifth in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride.

Discreet Marq, second in the Sweetest Chant when trained by Jane Cibelli, has been transferred to Christophe Clement. She breaks from post 2 under Jose Lezcano.

Kitten’s Queen was supplemented to the field by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Wayne Catalano.

Mucho Macho Man works well

At the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Mucho Macho Man worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 over the all-weather Tapeta surface Friday morning.

It was the fifth work for Mucho Macho Man since arriving at Fair Hill, but first over the all-weather surface.

While trainer Kathy Ritvo said she does not have a race picked out for Mucho Macho Man, she said last month she might consider trying him on the turf.

“He’s doing good,” said Ritvo, who noted Friday’s work was in company with another horse. “We don’t have anything in mind yet.”