05/19/2010 12:00AM

Bubbly Jane fresh for Sheepshead Bay


ELMONT, N.Y. - Last July, in her 4-year-old debut, Bubbly Jane came off a nine-month layoff to win an overnight stakes going 1 1/4 miles on turf at Belmont Park. Saturday, Bubbly Jane begins her 5-year-old campaign in the Grade 2, $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont, which will be her first start in 6 1/2 months.

Bubbly Jane was one of eight fillies or mares entered in the Sheepshead Bay, scheduled for 1 3/8 miles over Belmont's inner turf course. The Sheepshead Bay will go as race 9 on a 10-race card and is the third leg of a pick-four wager with a guaranteed pool of $300,000.

Bubbly Jane, a Brazilian-bred daughter of Yagli, went 2 for 2 at Belmont last year, taking the Donor Stakes by a nose over the New York-bred mare Borrowing Base in July and the Possible Mate Stakes by a head over Zaskar in October. In the Possible Mate, Bubbly Jane overcame a significant stumble in the stretch to win.

Bubbly Jane finished her season last year with a third-place finish to Criticism in the Grade 3 Long Island.

"She didn't break at all," Lobo said. "She finished third, but lost to a nice filly."

Bubbly Jane wore blinkers in the Possible Mate after running a disappointing race in the Glens Falls at Saratoga in September. Lobo is taking the blinkers off Bubbly Jane for this.

Lobo said Bubbly Jane spent the winter in his care at Belmont, but did not start breezing until March 12.

"She's had a lot of works, she's okay," Lobo said when asked about Bubbly Jane's fitness.

Bubbly Jane will break from post 6 under Rajiv Maragh.

Others entered include Pari, Treat Gently, Tarrip, Ballynoe, Nehantic Kat, The Gaillimh Girl, and Liberally.

Schosberg salutes Giant Moon

Giant Moon's victory in a New York-bred allowance race Sunday helped trainer Richard Schosberg get over what he called "one of the worst training moves I made in my entire career."

Schosberg was referring his decision to run Giant Moon in the Grade 3 Westchester on April 30 off a year layoff. Giant Moon chased the pace and finished last, beaten 25 lengths.

"I felt bad for the horse watching him come down the lane in that race," said Schosberg, who watched the race from Michael's, a popular restaurant in Timonium, Md. "For that horse to come back and not give me the finger . . . ."

Sunday, Giant Moon returned to his winning ways, stalking the speedy Ruffino until the three-eighths pole when he drew on even terms with that gelding. Giant Moon took the lead turning for home and held Groomedforvictory at bay to win by three-quarters of a length. It was his first win since the 2009 Excelsior.

"It's really, really neat to see him back," Schosberg said. "Obviously, I want to end the season with the Empire Classic, but if he's in that kind of form and he retains it we may raise our expectations a little bit later on in the summer. Right now he's really confident, which is good because he did not have to come back and be confident after that horrific training job I did with him for the Westchester."

Schosberg said one race he may consider for Giant Moon is the Grade 2, $300,000 Suburban on July 3.

Met Mile field shaping up

Quality Road, the leading male older horse in the country, could have eight challengers when he returns to the races in the Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day.

Among those confirmed to take him on are Le Grand Cru, Convocation and Ironman Jon, the top three finishers from the Grade 3 Westchester on April 30; Warrior's Reward, the Grade 1 Carter winner; You and I Forever, the Gulfstream Park Handicap winner; and Tizway, a recent allowance winner.

Those listed as possible include Flat Bold, a recent allowance winner, and Honest Man, who finished fourth in the Westchester.

Flat Bold returned from a seven-month layoff to win a second-level allowance race by a half-length on May 9. He ran a mile in 1:35.76 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"He was training extremely going well into the race," trainer Tom Albertrani said. "I was cautiously optimistic about his effort. He ran better than I was anticipating."

Albertrani said the Met Mile, the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, or an allowance race are all possible options for Flat Bold.

On Tuesday, Quality Road worked five furlongs in 1:00.10 over Belmont's main track, while Le Grand Cru went a half-mile in 47.63 seconds over the training track.