06/06/2007 11:00PM

Bordonaro a formidable favorite

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ELMONT, N. Y. - Bordonaro has been one of the top two or three sprinters in the nation for the last 2 1/2 years, and his imposing record will make him one of the heaviest favorites of the day Saturday at Belmont Park when he goes in the $200,000 True North Handicap. That sort of attention might bother some people, but not Bordonaro's trainer, Bill Spawr.

"I feel good about it," Spawr said. "You know, he had a foot abscess, which forced us to miss 10 days of training and the Los Angeles Handicap. But his last three works were good, and his last work, when he galloped out six furlongs in 12oando3, was really good. Of course, I wish I hadn't lost that time with him, and trainers are always saying they wished they had one more work. But I feel good about him."

The Los Angeles Handicap's loss proved to be the East Coast racing fans' gain, as missing that May 12 race led Spawr to ship Bordonaro to New York for the first time for the True North.

"We're looking for six to eight weeks between races for him because he runs so hard when he runs," Spawr said. "The timing of this race is perfect because we're using this as a springboard to the Bing Crosby," scheduled for July 29 at Del Mar. "Our main goal is the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and our path to that will be this, the Bing Crosby, and then something else."

If there is any worry about Bordonaro in the True North, it would be how he handles the sandy nature of the Belmont Park main track. When asked if he had any concern about that, Spawr said, "I do, and I don't."

"He seems to run on anything," Spawr said. "The only track he didn't handle was Churchill Downs."

Bordonaro finished fourth at Churchill in last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"Richard Migliore has ridden him the last two times, and he certainly knows Belmont," Spawr said. "He told me he would love Bordonaro at Belmont. I asked, 'Do you mean the surface?' He said not so much that as the company. He said there aren't any horses there who could go a half-mile with him unless they were on a suicide mission."

One who might be able to keep pace early with Bordonaro is Keyed Entry, who was cooked in a speed duel when fifth last time out in the Carter Handicap, but who fashioned a front-running score in the Deputy Minister Handicap two starts back.

Dashboard Drummer has a license to get a piece here off his second to the highly regarded Songster most recently in the Bold Ruler Handicap, which was his fastest effort in a long time.