09/11/2008 12:00AM

Big Stick brings a streak into Allied Forces on turf

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Big Brown won't be running at Belmont Park Saturday, but Big Stick will be.

Big Stick is one of seven 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $100,000 Allied Forces Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The race was written by the New York Racing Association in hopes of luring Big Brown, who opted to run instead in Saturday's $500,000 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park. The purse of the Allied Forces would have doubled had Big Brown or any other Grade 1 winner run.

Big Stick has won 3 consecutive races and 4 of his last 5 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. His three-race win streak began in a $45,000 claiming race, which came after he ran poorly in a first-level allowance race at Keeneland.

"Sometimes you've got to take advantage of the situation," McLaughlin said. "Some owners let me take advantage. He's improved a lot winning three in a row. We think he deserves a shot in the race."

McLaughlin's only concern is coming back on three weeks' rest.

Atwell, trained by McLaughlin's brother-in-law, Mark Hennig, is coming off a head loss in the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park. Mr. Maccool and Roman Tiger, the first- and third-place finishers from the Jersey Derby, came back to run third and second, respectively, in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes last out. Atwell was entered in the Restoration Stakes last Sunday at Monmouth, but scratched when that race came off the turf.

"He's an improving sort," Hennig said. "He was taking a long while to focus, but he's put it together one race at a time."

Ready's Image, a graded stakes winner at 2, tries turf for the first time, as does Discreet Treasure, a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Discreet Cat. Discreet Treasure, a son of El Prado, was scheduled to debut on turf, but the race was rained off to the dirt and Discreet Treasure won by 12 1/4 lengths.

Country Star to stay with Frankel

Country Star figures to be Music Note's stiffest challenger in Saturday's Grade 1 Gazelle at Belmont Park. But in a few weeks, Country Star will become Music Note's stablemate.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stable had purchased all the assets of Bob and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, which owns Country Star. According to Jim Bell, president of Darley USA, the deal is expected to be completed in a few weeks. Bell said that the horses involved in that sale will remain with their current trainers, meaning Country Star will stay with Bobby Frankel.

"All the horses that are presently in training will remain with their trainers until they're finished with their careers," said Bell, who added that John Adger, racing manager for Stonerside, will continue to look after those horses' racing careers.

Frankel said Thursday that if Country Star were to run well against Music Note in the Gazelle, he would consider running her in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 24. Country Star already has proven successful over synthetic surfaces, having won the Alcibiades at Keeneland as a 2-year-old and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks earlier this year.

Mambo in Seattle to skip Super Derby

Mambo in Seattle, tough-luck loser to Colonel John in the Travers, will not make his next start in next Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, trainer Neil Howard said Thursday.

Howard said he and owner Will Farish are "researching other options right now." Howard said Mambo in Seattle came out of the Travers in excellent condition, and the colt has worked twice over Belmont's main track, including a five-furlong move in 59.24 seconds here Monday.

"He's come out of the race great and trained beautifully," Howard said. "He worked nothing less than excellent here the other day."

If Howard elects to run Mambo in Seattle in New York, his primary options are the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 27 or the $150,000 Jerome Handicap for 3-year-olds on Oct. 5, though the latter race is run at one mile. There are also options at the Meadowlands, including the $350,000 Meadowlands Cup on Oct. 3.

Bustin Stones to stand at Waldorf

Bustin Stones, the undefeated New York-bred Grade 1-winning sprinter, will be retired at year's end and stand at stud at Jerry Bilinksi's Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

He will stand for $6,500 as the property of a syndicate that will include his current owner, Roddy Valente.

Bustin Stones, trained by Bruce Levine, is 6 for 6, including a victory in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap. He is being pointed to the Grade 1 Vosburgh here Sept. 27 as a prep for a start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.