07/03/2001 11:00PM

Bevo euthanized after foundering


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bevo, winner of the 1999 Grade 1 Belmont Futurity, was euthanized Sunday after foundering, trainer Billy Badgett said Wednesday.

Bevo, a Kentucky-bred son of Prospectors Gamble, last ran in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28, finishing fifth. Shortly after, Badgett sent Bevo to the New Jersey Equine Clinic, fearing a quarter crack had become infected.

"It turned out to be laminitis," said Badgett, using another term for founder, an inflammation of the sensitive laminae of the foot. "He was probably as sound as he'd been. With a little luck that day, we should have been third in the Met Mile."

Bevo compiled a record of 6-2-1 from 13 starts and earned $410,328 for owner Peter Callahan. His greatest achievement was when he knocked off More Than Ready in the Futurity, which came on the heels of a victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. Bevo came out of the Futurity with a fractured knee, and though he returned to the races, he was never really the same.

Bevo won only two sprint allowance races after returning.

"He was a Grade 1 winner, and we were kind of hoping he could have stood somewhere, maybe in Florida," Badgett said.

Trippi out of Tom Fool

Trippi was scratched from Wednesday's Tom Fool Handicap because of tenderness in his right front foot, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Trippi had overstepped and cut himself in that foot during a workout last Friday, but Pletcher had noticed significant improvement by Sunday and entered him in the seven-furlong race.

But on Tuesday, Pletcher said he noticed Trippi "was a little touchy on it," he said. Pletcher jogged Trippi on Wednesday morning and was not happy with the way he trained.

"He was very slightly tender on it," Pletcher said. "We didn't think it was the right situation to be running in a Grade 2 stakes. It's not real bad, it's just not perfect. If I had two or three more days to work with it, I'd be fine."

Pletcher said Trippi would be pointed to the $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on Aug. 5 at Saratoga.

Santos looks at mid-August return

Jockey Jose Santos, who fractured his right wrist in a spill on May 12, was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to remove an Orthofix, a steel contraption that kept his wrist immobilized the last seven weeks.

Santos hoped to begin physical therapy next week and to start getting on horses in six weeks.

"I figure the third week of Saratoga," Santos said of his return. "If it heals faster, it'll be better."

Santos spent the last several weeks in Florida with his wife and children.

"It worked out good, I spent a lot of time with my little ones," Santos said. "We did a lot of things, had a lot of fun. In this business they don't let you do too many things with your family."

Santos said he gained only five pounds during the time and figures he will be able to lose that rather easily.

Godolphin stakes horses work

E Dubai and State Shinto, a pair of Godolphin Racing horses, breezed five furlongs Wednesday morning over Belmont's main track in preparation for weekend stakes assignments.

E Dubai and State Shinto, who each worked with a stablemate, were timed in 1:03.15 for five furlongs. E Dubai is slated to run in Sunday's $150,000 Dwyer Stakes on dirt while State Shinto will go in the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap on turf.

E Dubai is coming off a second-place finish to Hero's Tribute in the Peter Pan, a race run over a sloppy main track.

"The winner ran an exceptionally good race," Albertrani said. "We were just second-best. Maybe on a different track we could reverse the order."

Godolphin was extremely high on State Shinto's dirt ability when he in the Brooklyn. But he never recovered from a stumbling start and finished last behind Albert the Great. While still confident in State Shinto on dirt, Albertrani said the Bowling Green, run at 1 3/8 miles on turf, looks like a better spot.

* Albertrani reported that Street Cry - who was knocked out of the Kentucky Derby with an ankle strain - went to the track Wednesday for the first time since shipping into New York in May. Albertrani said he hopes to get Street Cry to the races by the end of September.