06/28/2006 11:00PM

Bernardini gets a work in


ELMONT, N.Y. - Taking advantage of dry conditions and a fast track, trainer Tom Albertrani sent Preakness winner Bernardini out Thursday morning for a five-furlong workout that Belmont Park clockers timed in 1:02.27.

It was the second timed work for Bernardini since his victory in the Preakness on May 20. On June 19, Bernardini worked five furlongs in 1:05.09. That day, Albertrani said, exercise rider Simon Harris had to take a hold of Bernardini at the quarter pole when he hooked up with another horse who was working.

On Thursday, Bernardini worked comfortably under Harris, who asked him to pick it up at the three-eighths pole. According to Albertrani, Bernardini got his last quarter in 24 seconds and galloped out an additional furlong in under 12 seconds. Bernardini is being pointed to the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 29.

"It was a nice work," Albertrani said. "At this point you're not worried how fast they're going, you're worried how they're coming back. That's more a concern these days."

Albertrani was referring to Mrs. Chippy, his New York-bred 3-year-old filly who suffered a career-ending sesamoid fracture after working four furlongs in 50.03 seconds Thursday morning.

Albertrani said Bernardini will have time for three or four more works before the Jim Dandy.

Meanwhile, Deputy Glitters, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, worked five furlongs in 59.37 seconds on Thursday, but Albertrani said that horse would not run in Tuesday's Dwyer Stakes. Deputy Glitters was coughing earlier in the week, and also broke out in a skin disease.

Edgar Prado was aboard for that work, which Albertrani said went a little quicker than he had hoped. Albertrani said he may run Deputy Glitters in the $350,000 Ohio Derby on July 15 or the $300,000 Leonard Richards at Delaware Park on July 16.

White-hot Frankel wins two more

With two more wins on Thursday, trainer Bobby Frankel has won five of the last six races he has run in at Belmont Park. The only blemish was Argentina's third-place finish in Saturday's New York Handicap.

On Thursday, Frankel sent out two sharp-looking winners in the debuting 3-year-old ridgling Yankee Thunder and the 3-year-old filly Sugar Shake.

Yankee Thunder, a son of Thunder Gulch, won a maiden turf race by 3 3/4 lengths while running six furlongs in 1:11.54. Two races later, Sugar Shake won an entry-level allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths, running one mile in 1:36.41.

On Wednesday, Frankel won with Sir Halory. Last Sunday, he won races with 3-year-olds Latent Heat and Cotton King.

Frankel's streak has helped him move into fourth place in the trainer standings with 11 wins from 35 starters. Gary Contessa leads all trainers with 20 wins.

Frankel said that Latent Heat, who won an entry-level allowance race by 9 1/2 lengths last Saturday, is a candidate for the Leonard Richards or the $150,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Latent Heat was making his first start since finishing third in the Santa Anita Derby. He came out of that race with a shin problem.

"You can't get too excited," Frankel said. "The competition wasn't there, but he beat them enough, didn't he? He's a nice horse; no rush. Take care of these horses and keep them around, and if they can run, they'll reward you."