07/23/2002 11:00PM

Bold World to take on You in Test Stakes


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The competition for You in Saturday's $250,000 Test Stakes got a bit tougher on Wednesday when trainer Ron Taylor confirmed that Bold World would run in the Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies.

Taylor will wheel Bold World back just two weeks after she won the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder. It was her sixth win in seven starts this year. She is 7 for 11 overall.

Taylor said he made the decision to run after receiving good news on some bloodwork he had taken on the filly earlier in the week.

"She's a very hard horse to train in the respect she's so quiet," Taylor said from Monmouth Park. "You look at her and you think she might be sick. But the numbers came back and they matched up pretty good to where they were before the Miami race. I watched her train this morning, and she was full of life coming off the racetrack. I know that doesn't mean anything when you go in a race like this, but she's a nice horse and she deserves a chance in a Grade 1."

Two weeks between races is a long time when you consider Bold World won two stakes in Florida in a four-day span. She has won six stakes this year by a combined 43 lengths.

Her only loss came in the Grade 2 Beaumont when she was dueled into defeat by the winner, Proper Gamble. Taylor said he would have preferred to have seen jockey Jorge Chavez rate Bold World.

"When he came to the paddock, he was committed to go to the lead," Taylor said. "I just threw my hands up and said 'We're dead.' She is a kind filly; she will relax. In fact, I think she's better when she stalks and makes that one big move."

Taylor, who trains Bold World for Hardacre Farm, has enlisted Pat Day to ride. Bold World was scheduled to van up from Monmouth on Wednesday afternoon.

You, a three-time Grade 1 winner this year, will be the likely favorite in the Test. Carson Hollow, the undefeated winner of the Grade 1 Prioress, Imperial Gesture, Proper Gamble, Short Note, and Spring Meadow complete the field.

Stall aims for the moon in Diana

Early this spring, trainer Albert Stall received a pleasant surprise when owner Bradley Hughes shipped his French-bred mare Blue Moon from California. Stall hopes to repay the favor when he saddles Blue Moon in Saturday's $500,000, Grade 2 Diana Handicap.

Blue Moon first came to this country in the fall of 2000 when she finished second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland. While racing for Ron Ellis in California, Blue Moon won the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap before finishing fourth in the Santa Barbara in April.

In her first start for Stall, Blue Moon finished a good second behind Voodoo Dancer in the Grade 3 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs.

"Ron Ellis thought the mare would run better in the East on softer grass and he was right," Stall said. "She did well at Churchill and she's done well here."

Stall said Blue Moon had a hard race in the Santa Barbara so he didn't much with her before the Locust Grove.

"We really backed off her, so she's got a notch of improving to do off that race," Stall said. "She had a medium to good trip in the Locust Grove, but she didn't get a chance to free wheel it. With a better trip and a fitter horse she might have a chance."

Blue Moon, who breezed four furlongs in 50.16 seconds on the Oklahoma turf course Wednesday, will once again have to contend with Voodoo Dancer on Saturday.

Voodoo Dancer will be the starting highweight at 120 pounds while Blue Moon gets in at 115. Others expected to run include Babae (117), Snow Dance (117), Tates Creek (117), Clearly a Queen (115), Owsley (115), Solvig (115), Volga (115), Beefeater Baby (114), and Reina Blanca (113).

Virus running through Hushion barn

Trainer Mike Hushion said he had 11 horses to enter for the opening week of the meet, but many of them will not run, as he had a virus sweep through his barn. One of the casualties was Presence, a promising juvenile colt who would have run in Thursday's Sanford Stakes.

"I'm down to five," Hushion said of his first-week entries. "I got nine sick ones. I had four or five favorites and was hoping to get off the duck early."

Hushion said Presence would not make the Saratoga Special either, and was hopeful to find an allowance race later in the meet.

Hushion also said that Turnofthecentury, a multiple stakes winning New York-bred who finished second in Sunday's Evan Shipman Stakes, has been retired. Hushion said Turnofthecentury came out of the race off in his left front leg.

Hushion and owner Barry Schwartz "are exploring stallion opportunities," Hushion said. "He's a big beautiful horse out of Greening which produced Best Friend Stro and Noteasybeingreen."

Turnofthecentury, a 5-year-old son of Holy Bull, retires with a record of 6-4-2 from 17 starts and earnings of $474,236. He won the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes (on dirt) and the restricted Empire Classic and Alex Robb handicaps.

Chavez to ride Lido Palace

Jorge Chavez will ride Lido Palace in next Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap, trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Wednesday. Chavez replaces Jerry Bailey, who rode Lido Palace to victory in this race a year ago, but who will ride Street Cry this year.

"He's a lazy horse, so he'll keep after him," Frankel said. "If he wins it's not a one-race deal. If he gets beat, it might be a one race deal."

As of Wednesday, a five-horse field was shaping up for the Whitney: Street Cry, Lido Palace, Macho Uno, Left Bank, and either Unshaded, Evening Attire, or Bowman's Band.

Frankel said he has not picked a rider for Medaglia d'Oro, the Belmont Stakes runner-up who is being pointed to the Jim Dandy on Aug. 4.

Johnson takes spill

Trainer Phil Johnson was sporting a neck brace on the backstretch Wednesday morning, the result of a fall from a swivel chair at his home. Johnson tore the muscles in the back of his neck.

"The doctor said to wear the collar, but don't marry it," Johnson said. "I'm not going to miss any training. I got one in the last race [Thursday] and I'll be there."

Johnson will also be at the races Friday when he runs Volponi, the Poker Handicap winner, in the Bernard Baruch Handicap.