05/07/2009 12:00AM

Belmont possible for Mr. Hot Stuff

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Mr. Hot Stuff has emerged from his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby last weekend in good condition and is being considered for races on both coasts, trainer Eoin Harty said Thursday.

Owned by WinStar Stable, Mr. Hot Stuff is with Harty's stable at Keeneland. He could be sent to California for an allowance race or New York for the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Harty said he will assess the colt's condition before finalizing plans.

Mr. Hot Stuff, a 28-1 longshot in the Kentucky Derby, finished 23 lengths behind upset winner Mine That Bird. Mr. Hot Stuff was 18th for the first half-mile and was four wide on the final turn before passing a few rivals.

Harty said Mr. Hot Stuff emerged from the race "a little muddy, but none worse for the wear."

The Kentucky Derby was Mr. Hot Stuff's first start on a dirt surface. He had made seven starts on synthetic tracks in California, including a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby last month. The Kentucky Derby was Mr. Hot Stuff's third consecutive stakes appearance. He was third in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in his stakes debut in February.

In the Santa Anita Derby on April 4, Mr. Hot Stuff finished two lengths behind Pioneerof the Nile, who was second in the Kentucky Derby.

Harty said Mr. Hot Stuff will not start again on a sloppy track, which is what the colt encountered in the Kentucky Derby.

"He seemed to struggle," Harty said.

Zenyatta gets back to work

Three days after she was shipped back to California following a futile weeklong trip to Kentucky, Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 at Hollywood Park on Thursday, preparing for a start in the $150,000 Milady Handicap on May 23.

Zenyatta was scratched from the Louisville Distaff Stakes on May 1 because of a sloppy track. A winner of $2,144,500 for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta, 5, has not started since winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita last October.

Zenyatta was the champion older female of 2008 and is undefeated in nine starts.

Thursday, Zenyatta worked the first three furlongs in 37.20 seconds and the final three furlongs in 36.20 seconds, according to track clockers. Ridden by Mike Smith, Zenyatta worked alone, starting at the 5 1/2-furlong pole and finishing a sixteenth of a mile beyond the finish line.

Trainer John Shirreffs timed Zenyatta galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25.65.

"She galloped out really strongly," Shirreffs said. "She's been good with all the shipping. One more work and that will be it."

Kelly Leak gets treatment for ulcer

Kelly Leak, withdrawn from consideration for Saturday's Lone Star Derby because of a throat ulcer, underwent three days of treatment in a hyperbaric chamber earlier this week and will resume training in the next few days, trainer Mike Machowsky said.

Kelly Leak would have been a leading contender in the Lone Star Derby. In late March, Kelly Leak won the Sunland Derby. Mine That Bird was fourth in the Sunland Derby in his final start before his upset in the Kentucky Derby last weekend.

Kelly Leak's ailment, an ulcer on his epiglottis, was detected earlier this week.

Machowsky said Kelly Leak could be pointed for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on June 20.

Sadler works stakes runners

Trainer John Sadler worked prospects for three upcoming Gradeo1 stakes on Thursday, including Whatsthescript, who is bound for the $250,000 Shoemaker Mile May 25.

Whatsthescript, unraced since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Mile last October, worked seven furlongs in 1:27.40, the only horse timed at the distance. Sadler said Whatsthescript "absolutely" would be ready for the Shoemaker.

"I'm ahead of schedule," he said. "He has two more works before the Shoemaker."

Whatsthescript won the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf last summer.

Black Mamba, second in the Gradeo2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita last month, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. She will return in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf on May 30.

Globetrotter, winner of an optional claimer on turf at Santa Anita last month, worked five furlongs in 1:00. He is being pointed for the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf June 6. Globetrotter won the 2007 Grey Stakes at Woodbine. The winner of the 2008 Grey was Mine That Bird.

Rios gets seven-day suspension

Jockey Jesus Rios has been suspended for seven days for causing interference that resulted in a spill in the third race last Sunday. Rios was aboard Lunch Money, who caused a chain reaction of bumping. Warrensgoodwarrior clipped heels and fell.

Lunch Money won the race but was disqualified and placed last.

Rios's suspension begins Wednesday and continues until May 21. Through Wednesday, Rios was winless in 27 mounts at this meeting.

Track N Attack impresses in debut

Track N Attack scored a stylish win in Thursday's first race, which was for statebred 2-year-old maidens, leaving trainer and co-owner Doug O'Neill planning a start in the $70,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes on June 3.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Track N Attack ($14.60) broke from the rail, took the lead from the start, and pulled away to win by 2 3/4 lengths over 3-5 favorite Really Uptown. Track N Attack ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.03 seconds.

"I knew he was quick," O'Neill said.

The colt, by Atticus, was bred by O'Neill and co-owner Mark Gorman.

The Proctor is the first stakes for 2-year-olds at the meeting and is a prep for the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship over six furlongs on July 12.