06/07/2011 1:06PM

Belmont: Salzman may wind up with half the field in Kelly Kip


ELMONT, N.Y. – With morning-line favorite Francesco Rules an expected scratch, Thursday’s $60,000 Kelly Kip overnight stakes at Belmont Park will match up four 2-year-olds coming off front-running maiden wins at out-of-town tracks.

Two of them – Threeanddonedan and Suntorious – invade for Maryland-based trainer John Salzman Jr. after winning in the slop at Pimlico and Penn National.

Threeanddonedan is a half-brother to Twelve Pack Shelly, who last year won the Colleen and Miss Shenandoah for Salzman. Twelve Pack Shelly was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton September sale in Maryland, as was Threeanddonedan a year later.

“I very seldom buy horses out of the same mare, but Threeanddonedan was just a grand-looking horse,” Salzman explained.

Threeandonedan outdueled Getupwiththesun in mid-April, and was flattered when Getupwiththesun returned to win by better than eight lengths for trainer Robert Leaf Jr.

Those two will meet again in the Kelly Kip after posting bullet workouts recently at Laurel.

“I’m not a fast work person, but [Threeandonedan] does it on his own,” said Salzman. “If he runs his race, he should be tough.”

Suntorious, meanwhile, trailed stablemate Distinctly Donovan when that one took the first local baby race of the season at Aqueduct, but broke sharply to graduate last out.

“There’s no other place to run him,” said Salzman.

Large Kaufy, who drew away to win his debut by nearly five lengths, ships up from Calder for Wesley Ward, and breaks from the outside in the 5 1/2-furlong Kelly Kip.

◗ Juveniles from Salzman and Ward square off earlier in race 2, a $60,000 maiden dash at five furlongs for New York-bred fillies.

Salzman sends out Double the Energy, whose six winning siblings include The Truffle Man, the well-known local sprinter who has earned more than $250,000.

Ward counters with Sanfiera, a half-sister to seven winners, including Wink and Fly, a 3-year-old filly who recently won at first asking in the slop at Finger Lakes.

◗ Race 8, a third-level optional $75,000 claimer scheduled for the inner turf at 1 1/16 miles, is headed by Blues Street and Asphalt, who most recently were victims of Little Mike in different Grade 3 stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Blues Street, winner of the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap last year for Todd Pletcher, has been absent since finishing second by a nose in the Fort Lauderdale five months ago.

Asphalt, a fast-closing third in the Appleton last out, makes his first start for Chad Brown.