04/24/2013 6:22PM

Belmont notes: Albertrani eyes several stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Twilight Eclipse set a North American record for 1 1/2 miles on turf.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Tom Albertrani, who had a solid winter in south Florida, hopes to be active in many stakes at this fall's Belmont Park meet.

He'll start off Saturday with Big Screen in the Grade 3 Westchester. Big Screen has won 2 of 3 starts this year, including a second-level allowance at Aqueduct in which he earned a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.

Albertrani said Freedom Child, who was declared a non-starter in the Wood Memorial after an assistant starter was holding him when the gates opened, is being pointed to the Peter Pan on May 11.

He worked four furlongs in 49.67 seconds on Tuesday over Belmont's main track.

Twilight Eclipse, who set a North American record for 1 1/2 miles on turf winning the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream on March 23, will likely run next in the Manhattan on Belmont Day. Twilight Eclipse was expected to ship in from Palm Meadows over the weekend.

"We thought we'd give him a little freshening because we got a long summer ahead," Albertrani said. "The longer races aren't until midsummer or fall."

Albertrani said the Man o' War at Belmont on July 13 is a goal.

The Grade 1 winner Better Lucky, third in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland on April 13, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Just a Game on Belmont Day.

"She ran even around there. It was the first time off the layoff," Albertrani said. "I would expect to see her make a forward move off of that race."

Cluster of Stars to get break

Cluster of Stars, undefeated winner of the Grade 2 Distaff, will get a little break before resuming her campaign later this summer, assistant trainer Toby Sheets said.

Cluster of Stars will stay with Sheets at Belmont, but will be out of training for a brief period.

"I don't think horses can run all year along and make the bigger races at the end of the year," Sheets said.

While Sheets hasn't picked out any specific races, one would think that a summer target is the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga in late August.

Sheets did say that Justin Phillip, winner of the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn last out, has been shipped to Belmont. He will point to the True North on Belmont Stakes Day. He finished second to Caixa Eletronica in that race last year.