Updated on 09/15/2011 12:53PM

City Zip tries to make it 5 for 5 at Spa


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The $1 million Travers is the feast on Saturday at Saratoga, but the undercard stakes are by no means leftovers.

Entries were taken Wednesday for both the $200,000 King's Bishop, a Grade 1 for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, and the $200,000 Fourstardave, a Grade 2 handicap for grass runners.

The likely favorite in the eight-horse King's Bishop is Saratoga specialist City Zip, undefeated in four stakes at the Spa, including his latest win in the Grade 2 Amsterdam on Aug. 3.

Trainer Wayne Lukas, who has won the King's Bishop a record five times, will saddle Orientate. That promising colt will be tested for the first time in a stakes after two very professional-looking scores, in a maiden race and a first-level allowance at the Saratoga meet.

Squirtle Squirt, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 111 for his second in the Grade 2 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap, will try to give trainer Bobby Frankel his fifth Saratoga stakes win at the meet.

The King's Bishop field from the rail out, with riders: Orientate (Mark Guidry); The Goo (John Velazquez); Bay Head King (Gary Stevens); City Zip (Jorge Chavez); Keats (Larry Melancon); Squirtle Squirt (Jerry Bailey); Illusioned (Pat Day); and Shore Breeze (Edgar Prado).

A capacity field of 14 entered the 1 1/16-mile Fourstardave, which will be run over the Mellon course.

The 117-pound highweight is Aly's Alley, who was moved up to second in the Grade 2 Firecracker Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs in his last start upon the disqualification of the runner-up, Where's Taylor.

Where's Taylor has also been entered.

Bonapartiste, a winner of $720,619, adds a bit of intrigue to the Fourstardave, as he has not run since June 2000. Bonapartiste hasn't won a race since 1999, but was involved in several hard-luck losses in graded stakes in California last year before hitting the sidelines.

Bonapartiste worked five furlongs in 1:00.02 seconds, breezing, on the main track Wednesday. Also working was Aly's Alley, who was timed in 48.98 seconds, breezing.

The field in post position order, with riding assignments: Where's Taylor (Robby Albarado); Dr. Kashnikow (John Velazquez); Spindrift (Jerry Bailey); Bonapartiste (Jorge Chavez); Tubrok (Jean-Luc Samyn); Elite Mercedes (Pat Day); Fighting Falcon (Gary Stevens); Night Patrol (Javier Castellano); Blue Snake (Camilo Pitty); Sir Howard (Robbie Davis); Aly's Alley (Edgar Prado); Dignitas Dancer (Aaron Gryder); Union One (Richard Migliore); and Sumitas (Mark Guidry).

Traditionally sluggish in loss

Grade 1 winner Traditionally threw in another clunker Wednesday when he finished fourth in a classified allowance as the 6-5 favorite. Trainer Shug McGaughey was hoping to use the 1 1/8-mile race as a prep for the $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic on Sept. 22 at Turfway Park

Under Pat Day, Traditionally never seriously threatened at any point during the race and was beaten seven lengths by the winner, Open Sesame.

"He broke a bit sluggish and then I never had any horse at any point," Day said. "I have no explanation."

McGaughey was equally at loss to explain the performance. "He never made any run and I don't know why," he said.

Traditionally won the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in April and then finished off the board in both the Metropolitan Mile and Suburban handicaps at Belmont Park, a surface McGaughey said is not to Traditionally's liking.

Shine Again may join small Ballerina

Shine Again is possible to start in Sunday's Grade 1 $250,000 Ballerina, trainer Allen Jerkens said Wednesday after the filly produced a bullet work on Tuesday.

Jerkens said he found the small size of the projected field attractive.

"That always makes a difference," said Jerkens, who won this race in 1995 with Classy Mirage. "She's a good filly, but this is a little tougher [spot]. If you got lucky in a race like this, it means a lot."

Jean-Luc Samyn has the mount on Shine Again, who ran third in her last start in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race at Monmouth Park on June 30. For the better part of this year, Shine Again has been competing in sprints.

Confirmed starters to the seven-furlong Ballerina are defending champion Dream Supreme, Spain, Country Hideaway, and Imadeed.

Pompeii sold

Trainer John Kimmel reported that Pompeii, who he will saddle in Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign, was privately sold by Robert N. Clay to WinStar Farm and will be transferred to trainer Elliott Walden's barn after Friday's race.

Kimmel said Pompeii, who finished second in the Grade 1 Go for Wand in her last start, will run in both WinStar Farm and Clay's names in the Personal Ensign and thereafter, WinStar only.

Touch Tone works for Pa. Derby

Touch Tone, who would have been the second choice in Saturday's Travers had he been able to make the race, worked six furlongs in 1:18.02 Wednesday over Saratoga's main track. He is being pointed to the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 3 at Philadelphia Park.

Touch Tone came within a half-length of upsetting Point Given in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. He emerged from that race with a torn gluteal muscle. Trainer Ronny Werner blistered the area, which meant Touch Tone had to miss a week of training, making the Travers impossible to make.

"He jogged for a week, it would have been crowding too much to make the Travers," Werner said. 'I was real pleased with the way he worked this morning."

Under Mark Guidry, Touch Tone worked in fractions of 27.60 and 54 seconds, meaning he got his last quarter in 24.02 seconds. Although Guidry worked the horse, Touch Tone will be ridden by regular rider Robby Albarado in the Pennsylvania Derby.

Street Cry returns to work tab

Street Cry, who at one time was considered the best 3-year-old in Godolphin Racing Inc.'s stable, worked a half-mile in 52:02 seconds on Wednesday. It was his first work since the spring, when an ankle injury knocked him out of the Kentucky Derby.

As a 2-year-old, Street Cry, a son of Machiavellian, finished second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk - both Grade 2 events - before finishing third behind Macho Uno and Point Given in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. In his only start this year, Street Cry finished second, beaten a head by Express Tour in the UAE Derby.

Tom Albertrani, the assistant to Godolphin's head trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, said Street Cry is being pointed to a race in October such as the Pegasus at the Meadowlands or the Discovery at Aqueduct.

Express Tour, meanwhile, who last ran in the Riva Ridge Stakes on Belmont Day, is being pointed to the Jerome at Belmont on Sept. 15.

* Someone in Philadelphia had a life-altering experience Wednesday as the lone winner of the pick-six at Saratoga, which returned $177,152. The combination of 1-8-1-9-4-6 included longshots Meadow Love ($31.80) and Offtheturf ($20.40). No favorites won any of the six races.

* Windsor Castle, who was scratched from the Jim Dandy when it was suspected he pulled a muscle in his hind end, has been sent to Cornell for a bone scan, according to trainer Frank Alexander, who was awaiting the results on Wednesday.

- additional reporting by David Grening

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