06/04/2012 6:09PM

Belmont Park: Brilliant Speed back for Manhattan

Barbara D. Livingston
Brilliant Speed has raced just twice this year.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Brilliant Speed has turned into a top-level turf horse for trainer Tom Albertrani since finishing third behind Ruler On Ice in the 2011 Belmont Stakes. Brilliant Speed will be in action once again on Belmont Stakes day when he goes 1 1/4 miles in Saturday's Grade 1 Manhattan.  He tuned up for the assignment by working five furlongs in 1:00.40 over the main track here Monday.

Brilliant Speed, who closed out his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf, has started just twice this season, most recently at Churchill Downs, where he rallied to be third behind the loose-on-the lead Little Mike in the Grade 1 Turf Classic.

"I was a little surprised the way the race set up in the Turf Classic," Albertrani said. "There really wasn't any pace, and under the circumstances I thought he ran well, he wasn't beaten very far. He had a nice, easy work this morning and has trained extremely well coming into this race."

Albertrani also worked sprint specialist Tahitian Warrior a half-mile in 49.40 seconds here Monday. Tahitian Warrior has not started since finishing a well-beaten fifth in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

"He lost a hind shoe in the Carter and came back a little on the sore side, but he's doing well now," said Albertrani. "He's still a work or two away from being ready to run and I might look for a little overnight stakes just to get him back on track."