09/26/2002 11:00PM

Bertie joins loaded Beldame

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Allamerican Bertie, the Alabama runner-up, is headed to New York for next Saturday's $750,000 Beldame, and her trainer, Steve Flint, is looking forward to the challenge.

"We're coming with a filly who is ready to run and has got something to prove," Flint said Friday. "She's ready to strut her stuff."

Flint, who is based at Churchill Downs, is not underestimating the task at hand in the Grade 1 Beldame, where Allamerican Bertie meets older filly and mare stakes horses for the first time.

A strong lineup is taking shape for the Beldame, including Summer Colony, Mandy's Gold, Imperial Gesture, Bella Bellucci, Minister's Baby, Transcendental, and Unrestrained.

"The winner of the Beldame will get a lot of consideration in the Breeders' Cup; it's an exceptional race," Flint said.

Allamerican Bertie set the pace in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama and was caught late by Farda Amiga, the three-quarter-length winner.

Flint said his filly will appreciate the one turn in the 1 1/8-mile Beldame.

"The mile and the quarter was a little far for us," Flint said. "I like the way this race is setting up. I think my filly is more of a danger around one turn." Allamerican Bertie, owned by Bertram, Elaine, and Richard Klein, became a stakes in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in July.

Allamerican Bertie was scheduled to work at Churchill on Saturday and will be flown to New York on Tuesday. Larry Melancon will ride.

Forbidden Apple aims for three-peat

With the threat of rain and the likelihood that turf training would be canceled over the weekend, trainer Christophe Clement breezed Forbidden Apple three furlongs in 37.08 seconds Thursday over Belmont's turf course. Forbidden Apple is expected to make his next start in next Saturday's $350,000 Kelso Handicap, a race he has won the last two years.

The move came just five days after Forbidden Apple worked a half-mile in 48.25 seconds.

"It was a very easy work," Clement said. "He will not work again, he's dead fit."

Forbidden Apple, a 7-year-old, is 7-3-1 from 13 starts over Belmont's turf course. He is winless in three starts this year, but his combined margin of defeat is 2 1/2 lengths. Most recently, he was beaten a neck while finishing third to Beat Hollow in the Arlington Million on Aug. 17.

Among those expected for the Kelso are Balto Star, Baptize, Krieger, Moon Solitaire, Patrol, and possibly Volponi.

Final race for Shopping for Love

Shopping for Love, who won last Saturday's Maryland Million Ladies at Pimlico by 7 1/4 lengths, will race one more time before heading to the auction block, said her trainer, Ken Nesky.

Shopping for Love, a 5-year-old New York-bred with earnings of $583,669, will run in the $150,000 Ticonderoga Handicap on New York Showcase Day on Oct. 19, closing weekend at Belmont. After the Ticonderoga, which was won by Shopping for Love in 2000, she will be sold at Keeneland's breeding stock sale in November.

Donald George and Dennis D'Arcangelo own Shopping for Love.

Too Scarlet out till next season

Another stakes-winning New York-bred, Too Scarlet, is on the sidelines until next year. Trainer Kristina Dupps said Too Scarlet came out her third-place finish in the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga on July 28 with a small tendon tear.

"With her caliber we wanted to stop and see if we could fix her up and get her going again," Dupps said.

Too Scarlet, a 4-year-old owned by Charles Hallas, won the WNBC Stakes on June 8. She has a record of 7-2-1 from 11 starts.

- additional reporting by David Grening