05/14/2012 1:22PM

Belmont Park: Fiddlers Patriot comes off bench for Cannon Shell Stakes

Tom Keyser
Fiddlers Patriot will be making his first start in seven months in Wednesday’s Cannon Shell at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Wednesday’s $85,000 Cannon Shell could pass for a graded stakes. The eight older sprinters entered for turf have all run in such races; so have three of the five entered for dirt only.

Layoffs abound, if the six-furlong race stays on the inner turf as scheduled. Shintoh, Group 3 placed in Ireland, would be making his U.S. debut off a 19-month layoff for trainer Allen Jerkens.

Fiddlers Patriot and Yield Bogey haven’t run in seven months since chasing Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready in the Nearctic, but both have run well fresh.

Fiddlers Patriot returned from a similar layoff to set the current 5 1/2-furlong record of 1:00.59 on Saratoga’s Mellon course. After winning his seasonal debut last spring for trainer George Weaver, he was second by a nose in the Grade 2 Highlander. He then caught a boggy course finishing fourth at Saratoga, before concluding the year with a fifth in the Nearctic on yielding ground.

Yield Bogey ran second in the Poker first out in 2011, then led to the final strides of the Jaipur before winding up second for the second straight year.

“He usually needs a race, but last year he had to go long because the short race didn’t go,” trainer Pat Kelly said. “He’s getting a little long in the tooth, so we’re trying to get him back in action. Hopefully, we’re on the grass and it’s not too soft.”

Yield Bogey is part of a Fox Ridge Farm entry with dirt-only Crepe Au Sucre.

Noble’s Promise, fifth in the Kentucky Derby two years ago and winner of the Grade 3 Aristides last year for Ken McPeek, would be making his first turf start since 2010, when fifth in the St. James’s Palace Stakes against five-time Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs at Royal Ascot. He comes off a close third against Successful Dan, who subsequently won the Grade 2 Alysheba with a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.

Bergerac, a 5-year-old gelding claimed by Chad Brown for $80,000 at Gulfstream, returns to grass after a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Commonwealth, a race he lead after six furlongs.

Rudy Rodriguez said he was unsure whether Flat Bold, Temecula Creek, or both, would run if the Cannon Shell comes off the turf. Flat Bold was second in Saturday’s spill-marred Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park.