Updated on 09/15/2011 1:14PM

Belmont notebook: Shesastonecoldfox now a hot item


ELMONT, N.Y. - Some may call them crazy. But they really like this fox.

Debbie and Dennis Petrisak were thisclose to selling their undefeated New York-bred 2-year-old filly Shesastonecoldfox to Prestonwood Farm over the weekend. Instead of consummating the deal Monday with Art Preston - who flew to New York from Texas on Sunday - the Petrisaks were waiting for the Breeders' Cup offices to open to deliver personally their $10,000 pre-entry fee for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 27.

A disagreement over the deadline to complete the deal led to its collapse. But listening to the Petrisaks talk, one got the feeling they were always a little hesitant to sell.

"If we were in it for the money we would have gotten out of it a long time ago," said Dennis Petrisak, who also bred the filly with his wife. "This is what everyone hopes to attain. We're right on the cusp."

Shesastonecoldfox is 4 for 4, including a victory against colts in the New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes, a race the Petrisaks have thirsted to win since getting in the breeding business 10 years ago. Shesastonecoldfox came back to win the Joseph A Gimma against statebred fillies by 15 1/2 lengths at Belmont on Sept. 30.

"Everything seems to be falling in line," Petrisak said. "She's been here for a while, she's worked over the track, she proved she could run over the track. If the Breeders' Cup was in Churchill or Gulfstream, it's not something we'd even consider."

The Petrisaks do have a plan B. When the pre-entries come out Wednesday, if they don't believe their filly can match up with the rest of the field, Shesastonecoldfox could be entered in Sunday's $100,000 Maid of the Mist Stakes as part of this weekend's New York Showcase. But the Petrisaks have the Breeders' Cup as their first choice.

Shesastonecoldfox has yet to win beyond seven furlongs. The Petrisaks point out that the filly is by Foxhound, a full sister to Deerhound, who sired 1997 Juvenile Fillies winner Countess Diana.

Lukas horses get in Monday works

While several trainers postponed works for their Breeders' Cup horses after rain fell late Sunday evening, trainer D. Wayne Lukas worked four of his five Breeders' Cup contenders over Belmont Park's main track, which was listed as muddy and had the dogs up.

Spain, preparing for a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, came out on the track while it was still dark and the clockers didn't catch her work.

Lukas's Sprint hopefuls, Snow Ridge and Yonaguska, were on the work tab. Snow Ridge breezed three furlongs in 37.12 seconds, while Yonaguska's half-mile work was timed in 47.74 seconds.

Lukas was particularly pleased with the move by Yonaguska, who was ridden by jockey Gary Stevens in the work. "Yonaguska looked terrific," Lukas said at his barn after the work. "His last quarter was 23 flat."

Both Lukas sprinters appear to lack the necessary points to gain instant inclusion into the Sprint, which likely will be oversubscribed when the pre-entries are announced Wednesday. The top eight horses in number of points earned in graded stakes are automatically part of the field, with the remaining horses ranked in preference by the Breeders' Cup selection committee. Fourteen will be permitted to start.

Lukas also worked Juvenile hopeful Jump Start, who covered four furlongs in 49.14 seconds over the mud and around the dogs under exercise rider Alfredo Alurena, who barely moved a muscle through the stretch.

"They were all just supposed to be maintenance works, although he worked awfully well," said Lukas, who believes Jump Start will be better around two turns.

While Lukas was the only trainer to work horses at Belmont on Monday, a bevy of Breeders' Cup horses breezed over a dry track and a firm turf course on Sunday.

Squirtle Squirt, the King's Bishop winner who is aiming for the Sprint, drilled four furlongs in 46.97 seconds, the fastest of 33 moves at the distance. Left Bank, who defeated Squirtle Squirt in the Vosburgh and who is also aiming at the Sprint, went five furlongs in 1:01.51. City Zip, expected to be pre-entered in the Sprint but is more likely to run in the Mile, went seven furlongs on the grass in 1:24.82.

Also working on the turf were Mile hopefuls Sarafan, who went six furlongs in 1:12.51 and Balto Star, who went five furlongs in 1:03.02. Stablemates England's Legend and Volga, pointing to the Filly and Mare Turf, worked half-miles in 49.63 seconds and 50.44, respectively. Timboroa, pointing to the $2 million Turf, went four furlongs in 50.27.

Macho Uno, who will run in the Classic, was timed for three furlongs in 37.97 seconds over the training track. Trainer Joe Orseno said that it really wasn't a workout, but the last three-furlongs of a mile open gallop. Macho Uno is expected to breeze five furlongs over the main track Wednesday under jockey Gary Stevens.

Arromanches rolls a lucky seven

They don't come any more genuine than Arromanches, an 8-year-old horse who won his seventh consecutive race Sunday at Belmont.

A son of Relaunch, he has now won 25 of 66 starts and earned $649,895. He was claimed back by Gary Contessa for $35,000 on Aug. 18 after running for Danny Lopez since May. Contessa also trained the horse in 2000, winning five of eight starts after taking him for $35,000 on Jan. 6, 2000.

Since losing him in June, 2000 for $35,000, Contessa had twice tried to claim Arromanches back. He was outshaken both times. A shake occurs when there is more than one claim in for a horse.

"He's just an iron horse," Contessa said Monday. "He's a horse with a lot of issues, but if you can get used to his issues, you can do all right with him. One of his issues is that he has a paralyzed jaw."

Contessa said that alters the way Arromanches must be fed. His food must be mashed and his hay must be wetted down.

Contessa said Arromanches probably wouldn't run again until the Aqueduct meeting that begins on Oct. 31.

Say Florida Sandy may pass on Hudson

John Rotella, Say Florida Sandy's owner, said Monday he was unhappy with the

127 pounds assigned to Say Florida Sandy in Sunday's $125,000 Hudson Handicap, and might skip the race in favor of Friday's $75,000 Skip Trial at The Meadowlands, which will be run under allowance conditions.

"It's up in the air right now," Rotella said Monday. "In the Hudson, he could be giving up as much as 17 pounds."

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson