05/10/2011 4:25PM

Belmont sprint attracts graded stakes droppers


ELMONT, N.Y. – A strong Thursday card is highlighted by $60,000 overnight stakes back to back, the Ziggy’s Boy for 3-year-olds on dirt and the Island Sun for older males on turf.

Three of the five entered in the seven-furlong Ziggy’s Boy drop from graded stakes – Arch Traveler out of the Florida Derby, The Fed Eased out of the Gotham and the Illinois Derby, and Free Entry out of the Tampa Bay Derby.

Free Entry won his first two starts of the year, both at Gulfstream, a six-furlong maiden score from off the pace, followed by a pace duel to edge clear at a mile over first-level allowance rivals. This will be his first start since running sixth in the Tampa Bay Derby two months ago.

“This looks like a solid field, so we should get a gauge of where we’re at,” said trainer Chad Brown. “This is a good chance for him to re-establish his form.”

Rocking Out, who also wintered in Florida, came from 14 lengths behind to win a first-level allowance at 4-5 in his last start. He is trained by Rick Dutrow.

Glickman, a sharp debut winner under confident handling at Aqueduct on the Wood Memorial undercard, completes the field.

“I liked the timing of this race better than running him back three weeks late in an allowance race,” said trainer Jim Ryerson.

A salty group of seven turf-meant runners entered the Island Sun, scheduled for one mile on the Widener course, including the entry of Nicanor and Beau Choix.

Nicanor, a full brother to Barbaro trained by Michael Matz, puts blinkers on for the first time since maiden and first-level allowance wins at Delaware Park in 2009 – a sign he may be sent for the lead.

Beau Choix, a two-time stakes winner for Barclay Tagg last year, was scratched from Saturday’s Fort Marcy Stakes in favor of this spot. He overcame post 12 to win his 4-year-old debut at Keeneland.

Also making his second start of the year is Krypton, who is 2 for 2 on the Widener, including last year’s Hill Prince Stakes. He finished third in his comeback at Gulfstream behind Hudson Steele, who was subsequently beaten a neck in the Fort Marcy.

Right One, who flew home to erase a 13-length deficit in his U.S. debut for Christophe Clement, is the slight 5-2 choice from the outside post.

Lubash, a three-time stakes winner last year for Ryerson, including a 35-1 upset on a yielding Widener course, makes his first start since beating three-time Grade 3 winner Little Mike at Aqueduct last November. He was scratched out of a starter allowance that was rained off the grass last Wednesday.

Zifzaf gets some class relief after running in four consecutive graded stakes, the latest against Get Stormy in the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile.

Trained by Jimmy Toner, Zifzaf won two turf allowance races at Belmont’s 2010 spring-summer meet.

Flat Bold also was entered for turf.