07/03/2007 11:00PM

Cable Boy will train up to Haskell


OCEANPORT, N.J. - The next stop for the unbeaten Cable Boy will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational.

Trainer John Forbes said Wednesday that the colt will skip the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes on July 14, the traditional Monmouth Park prep for 3-year-olds heading to the Haskell on Aug. 5.

Forbes felt the timing was too tight. Cable Boy debuted with an impressive win on the opening weekend of the meet. In his second start, Cable Boy broke the track record for one mile and 70 yards in a first-level allowance.

In his most recent effort, Cable Boy posted a decisive win in the Coronado's Quest Stakes on June 24.

After the Coronado's Quest, Forbes and longtime assistant Pat McBurney, in whose name the horse has run, targeted the Long Branch as the springboard to the Haskell. Upon further review, they will train the son of Jump Start up to the Haskell.

"It's early in his career and he's had three races over a 43-day span," Forbes said. "He's had three super races. If we run in the Long Branch, it will be four races in 64 days, and to come back for the Haskell would be asking too much."

The colt's disposition made the decision easier.

"He's an easy horse to train," Forbes said. "He puts a lot into his gallops. We're going to spend the next month doing everything we can to have him deliver the best race of his life in the Haskell."

Embossed tries to get the money

The lure was simple for Niall O'Callaghan.

"Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars," said the trainer, referring to the purse for Saturday's Grade 1 United Nations Stakes, the premier turf race of the meet.

O'Callaghan will send out Embossed, winner last time out of the Dallas Turf Cup Handicap on May 28 at Lone Star Park.

Embossed is one of only four confirmed horses for the 1 3/8-mile United Nations, joining Better Talk Now and the Todd Pletcher-trained pair of English Channel and Honey Ryder.

"There were some other races around," O'Callaghan said. "He won a $200,000 race last time, and we decided to take the shot at the $750,000 as the field is small and the horse is doing very well."

Embossed, a 5-year-old ridgling, makes his second Grade 1 start of the year. He rallied from 11th to finish sixth, beaten only 3 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Stakes on Feb. 24.

"Obviously Better Talk Now and the other two trained by Pletcher are very accomplished horses," O'Callaghan said, "but it's a very good pot and you never know what happens in a short field."

Embossed, an Irish-bred horse, started his career in England and came to O'Callaghan in 2005. Over time, Embossed developed into a solid stakes runner who does best on a course with some give.

"I thought he would develop into a pretty solid Grade 2-type horse who might possibly jump up into the Grade 1 category," O'Callaghan said. "This is a good time to take that chance."

India comes back in Miss Liberty

India returns Friday in the $65,000 Miss Liberty Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile and 70 yards.

The race, originally scheduled for last Sunday, finally filled with six runners.

India, trained by Todd Pletcher, reeled off three straight stakes wins, starting with the Without Feathers here last fall and followed by the Grade 2 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park and the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn. She was eased in her last start, Oaklawn's Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap on April 7.