10/18/2006 11:00PM

Bernardini has easy breeze


Bernardini, the probable favorite for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, worked a leisurely five furlongs in 1:04.67 on Thursday morning at Belmont Park. It was his first breeze since he cruised to an effortless victory in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 7.

With regular workout rider Simon Harris in the irons, Bernardini was clocked in fractions of 13.47 seconds, 26.34, 38.55, and he galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.93. His time for five furlongs was the slowest of 16 moves at the distance.

Aside from asking Bernardini to pick up his gallop down the backside to avoid hooking up with horses working from the gate, Harris never asked Bernardini to run during the move, in accordance with trainer Tom Albertrani's instructions.

"He did exactly what Tom wanted him to do," Harris said.

Albertrani said the workout was the first of three that Bernardini would have leading up to the Classic. Bernardini will likely have his most serious move next Wednesday, before having a relatively easy work on Oct. 31. He is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Nov. 1.

"We were just letting him go through the motions today," Albertrani said. "We're trying to get a little work in between the rain. Right now we just want to keep him healthy and get him into the race. He's fit and ready to go."

Albertrani also worked Balletto, his candidate for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, on Thursday. Balletto worked four furlongs in 49.23 seconds over the training track.

Albertrani said he moved that work to the training track in an attempt to catch a freshly harrowed surface. Balletto galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.40.

"We weren't looking to do much with her either," Albertrani said.

Evening Attire back again

Evening Attire has been jogging at Belmont Park for the last month and will soon begin galloping as he continues to train toward a 9-year-old campaign in 2007.

Evening Attire, winner of the 2001 Jockey Club Gold Cup, has not run since finishing last in an off-the-turf allowance race here May 12. He was turned out on a farm near Saratoga during the summer and resumed training when the Belmont meet opened.

"We'll see whether we can get him back for another year," trainer Pat Kelly said. "We're just taking it day by day. We're like the Mets, taking one inning at a time and see what happens. He had a nice vacation and got fat and sassy."

Evening Attire has won 12 of 51 career starts and earned $2,540,301 for owners Joseph and Mary Grant and T.J. Kelly.

Rewrite heads Terreavigne

Rewrite likely could have been a serious player in Saturday's $150,000 Ticonderoga Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares on the turf. Trainer Christophe Clement didn't want to run her against older horses just yet, however, so he opted to enter her in Saturday's $65,000 Terreavigne Stakes. Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Terreavigne is restricted to New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Rewrite has won 4 of 5 starts on turf, including the Irish Actress here on Sept. 27.

Clement said his biggest concern is course condition. Rain was scheduled to fall Thursday night into Friday and will likely soften up an already moist turf.

"She's a better horse on firm turf," Clement said. "If it is soft I'll be a little bit concerned that she'll be overbet."

Homerette, who beat Rewrite in the Irish Linnet Stakes at Saratoga, and Artistic Express, who came within a head of Rewrite in the Irish Actress, are major contenders.

Double entries Saturday

Horsemen are reminded that the racing office will take double entries on Saturday for next Wednesday, opening day at Aqueduct, and Thursday, the second day of the meet.

Aqueduct's opening-day feature is the Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles. Valid Notebook and Roman Dynasty are two of the major contenders in the field.