10/22/2011 1:06PM

Belmont Park: Trappe Shot impresses in work with Rattlesnake Bridge

Tom Keyser
Trappe Shot will most likely make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

ELMONT, N.Y. – On a morning when 10 potential Breeders’ Cup horses worked at Belmont Park, none looked any better than Trappe Shot, who most likely will start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

Though Trappe Shot has been pre-entered in both the Dirt Mile and the Sprint, McLaughlin said the Mile is the first preference. Part of his reasoning is that post position could come into play more in the Sprint than the Mile.

On Saturday, Trappe Shot worked a half-mile in company with probable Breeders’ Cup Classic starter Rattlesnake Bridge over the training track. Trappe Shot, who started three-quarters of a length behind and finished three-quarters in front, went in 48.12 seconds, while Rattlesnake Bridge went the same distance in 48.42.

Trappe Shot, under exercise rider Renzo Morales, was outside of Rattlesnake Bridge, who worked under Ricardo Ponce.

“Trappe Shot looked great going by here,” McLaughlin said. “Rattlesnake worked well. I’m pleased with both of them.”

At 8 a.m., McLaughlin sent out his pair of juvenile contenders Alpha and Miss Netta for an in-company work over the training track. Alpha, runner-up to Union Rags in the Grade 1 Champagne, went four furlongs in 48.90, while Miss Netta, the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Frizette, went four furlongs in 48.70.

Miss Netta, under jockey Rajiv Maragh, started her breeze a length behind Alpha, under Morales, and the two finished on even terms. They galloped out five furlongs together in 1:02.81.

“It was a beautiful work, they went very nice, we’re pleased,” McLaughlin said.

Both horses had gate issues in their last start, so McLaughlin said he has schooled both in the gate. He also has been galloping Miss Netta behind horses, because she appeared to resent dirt hitting her in the face in the Frizette.

McLaughlin is making a rider change on Alpha, going to Garrett Gomez to replace Alan Garcia.

Stacelita breezes for Filly-Mare Turf

Stacelita, among the favorites for the Filly and Mare Turf, worked a comfortable five furlongs in 1:04.43 over a yielding inner turf course.

Stacelita, with regular rider Ramon Dominguez up, tracked workmate Desert Sage through an opening eighth in 13.15 and went a quarter in 27.07 and three furlongs in 40.33 before completing her final quarter in 24.10. The work was done around a triple set of traffic cones, keeping the horses closer to the fence.

“Started off a little slow, finished well, course is a little soft out there,” trainer Chad Brown said. “All in all, it was good. She’s moving really well. As long as she’s moving well, we’re in good shape.”

Stacelita is coming off wins in the Beverly D. at Arlington and the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont.

Brown also worked his pair of juvenile turf contenders Dayathtespa and Fantastic Song in company.

Dayatthespa broke a length behind and finished a length in front of Fantastic Song and was given a final time of 1:03.97, while Fantastic Song was credited with a time of 1:04.33.

Shkspeare Shaliyah works on turf

Shkspeare Shaliyah, winner of the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes, came home a strong final quarter in 23.95 as part of a half-mile breeze in 51.67 on Saturday morning over the inner turf.

Trainer Doonauth Shivmangal said that he and his family will supplement the colt to the Juvenile Turf for $100,000.

“I feel like he belongs in the race,” Shivamangal said. “I have a lot of confidence in this colt.”

Alex Solis, who is 2 for 2 on the colt, worked him Saturday and will ride him in the Juvenile Turf.

Clement mulls Turf for Winchester

Winchester, a three-time Grade 1 winner, worked five furlongs in 1:05.10 in company with Grassy over the inner turf course.

Trainer Christophe Clement termed the work “fair” and said he has not made a final decision about running in the BC Turf. Winchester is coming off a last-place finish in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic here Oct. 1.

Grassy, who won the Bowling Green and finished third in the Joe Hirsch, is pointing to the Grade 2 Red Smith at Aqueduct on Nov. 5

◗ Brilliant Speed, the Blue Grass winner, worked four furlongs in 48.69 over Belmont’s main track. He is preparing for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.