06/17/2011 3:19PM

Belmont Park: Plum Pretty tries to continue fun for owner Fort in Mother Goose

Shigeki Kikkawa
Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty will ship to New York for next weekend's Mother Goose.

ELMONT, N.Y. – There are times when John Fort thinks to himself that he can’t have a bigger thrill in racing than he had winning the Kentucky Oaks last month with Plum Pretty.

“After the Oaks I said, ‘I can’t have any more fun than this, why even think about racing her again?’ ’’ Fort said Thursday. “But she’s a race horse.’’

Indeed, she is. And, barring a change of heart, Plum Pretty will race next in Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park. Plum Pretty, trained by Bob Baffert, is scheduled to arrive from Southern California on Wednesday for the Mother Goose, where she is expected to take on a field that includes Joyful Victory, fourth as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks; Black-Eyed Susan one-two finishers Royal Delta and Buster’s Ready, and the recent allowance winner Alseera.

Plum Pretty, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, held off St. John’s River to win the Kentucky Oaks by a neck on May 6. That win came six weeks after she won the Sunland Park Oaks by 25 lengths. Plum Pretty stayed in Kentucky for two weeks following her Oaks victory before shipping back to Baffert’s barn at Santa Anita, where she has worked three times, including a seven-furlong move in 1:26.20 on June 12.

“Bob tells me she’s doing super great,’’ Fort said. “It’d be nice win the Oaks and sit back and enjoy it for the rest of my life – and I will – but you have to go back for more, don’t you? The Mother Goose is the kind of race I’d love to win, it’s an old traditional race.’’

Plum Pretty will try to become just the eighth 3-year-old filly to win both the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose. Five of those horses _ Cicada (1962), Dark Mirage (1968), Davona Dale (1979), Open Mind (1989), and Rachel Alexandra (2009) – won an Eclipse Award as the champion 3-year-old filly. Goodbye Halo (1988) and Secret Status (2000) were beaten out for that award by Winning Colors and Surfside, respectively, both of whom beat males in graded stakes.

Flashpoint targets Amsterdam, King’s Bishop

Fort said that Flashpoint, who finished last in the Preakness Stakes, will return to sprinting and will make the Grade 2 Amsterdam and the Grade 1 King’s Bishop – both at Saratoga – as his primary summer objectives. The Amsterdam, a Grade 2 race at 6 1/2 furlongs is Aug. 1 and is the prep for the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at seven furlongs on Aug. 27.

Flashpoint won his first two starts sprinting, including the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. He finished fourth in the Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 3 before trying the Preakness, in which he dueled with the winner, Shackleford, before backing up.

Fort said the distance of the Preakness simply proved to be too far Flashpoint. Since the Preakness, Flashpoint has fired two bullet half-mile works at Aqueduct for trainer Wesley Ward.

“In terms of soundness and overall condition he’s doing really well,’’ Fort said. “Cornelio Velasquez has been riding him in the morning [workouts] and says he’s stronger than ever.’’

Adios Charlie to Dwyer

Adios Charlie, winner of the Grade 2 Jerome at Aqueduct in April, skipped Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park and will now be pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Dwyer Stakes here on July 2, trainer Stanley Hough said.

The Dwyer is run at 1 1/16 miles around one turn. Adios Charlie comes off a head loss when second to Alternation in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at 1 1/8 miles here on May 14.

“I just wanted to stay in New York,’’ said Hough, who also owns the horse in partnership with Robert Sahm. “They’re similar races, the timing’s no problem. I know he likes the track.’’

Adios Charlie worked five furlongs in 1:02.21 Wednesday morning over Saratoga’s training track. It was his fourth consecutive bullet workout.

Roman Treasure targets Prioress

With her dominant 4 1/4-length victory over three rivals in Thursday’s $75,000 Miss Royal Stakes, Roman Treasure earned herself a start in the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress Stakes at six furlongs here on July 4.

In the Miss Royal, Roman Treasure took control right from the start and carved out fractions of 22.14 seconds for the quarter, 44.86 for half, and covered six furlongs in 1:08.99. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

Though she has shown blazing speed in each of her last two starts – including an allowance win at Parx Racing last month – Hushion is hopeful his filly can learn to relax.

“She’s got a good mind, good disposition,’’ Hushion said. “You wouldn’t think she’s as rapid as she is. I still think there’s hope to settle her. The race at [Parx] might have freaked her out a little bit.’’

◗ Morning Line, the Grade 1 Carter winner, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.77 Thursday morning at Saratoga, his second breeze this month. Morning Line was forced to miss the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap due to a minor foot issue. Trainer Nick Zito has said he is trying to get Morning Line to the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 6 with the hopes of finding a prep race before then.