Updated on 09/15/2011 1:18PM

Classic: That's more like it

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Fantastic Light, under Frankie Dettori, breezes five furlongs in 59.91 seconds Tuesday at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - What a difference four days makes. Last Friday, neither Fantastic Light nor Sakhee, the two European stars that Godolphin Racing has pre-entered in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park, acquitted themselves well in workouts on the main track.

But on Tuesday, Fantastic Light glided over the sandy surface in an effort that seemed far more encouraging for a horse trying to take on the best main-track runners in the United States.

Frankie Dettori, Godolphin's contract rider, worked Fantastic Light early in the morning, and was so impressed with Fantastic Light's drill that he did not even bother to get on Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee after the mid-morning renovation break. Sakhee also worked on the dirt, with exercise rider Lee Roebuck, and he was not nearly as sharp as Fantastic Light, leading to the assumption that he will go instead in the $2 million Turf.

Neither horse has ever raced on the dirt. Both were pre-entered in the Classic and the Turf, but Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said last week they would not run in the same race. A decision needed to be made by Wednesday morning, when final entries were due and post positions were to be drawn for the eight races that make up the World Thoroughbred Championships.

Saeed bin Suroor, who trains Godolphin's runners, was on hand for the workouts and said both horses were ready to run in either the Classic or the Turf. He said the decision would ultimately be made Wednesday morning by the brothers Maktoum - Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Maktoum, and Sheikh Hamdan - the principals behind Dubai-based Godolphin.

"I'm happy to run in any race they like," Suroor said Tuesday morning at Belmont Park. "Frankie rode Fantastic Light and was really happy with him. He handled the dirt really well."

Suroor acknowledged that both horses "worked slow" last week, but added, "Today, they worked very good. Brilliant."

Fantastic Light covered five furlongs in 59.91 seconds, breezing, according to official clockers. Sakhee was timed in 1:01.12, breezing.

Fantastic Light's 24 starts have taken him to England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. He is better than ever this year at 5. He has three wins and two seconds in five starts, and comes off a victory over another European standout, Classic contender Galileo, in the Irish Champion. Although Fantastic Light never has raced on dirt, he was bred in America and has a pedigree (Rahy out of Jood, by Nijinsky II) that suggests he should be able to adapt.

Suroor called his contingent this year - which includes Noverre in the $1 million Mile - the best group Godolphin has brought from Europe.

"I had a lot of confidence in Daylami," Suroor said of the 1999 Turf winner. "And these horses are really wonderful. We have a great chance this year."

Weather outlook: Cool

The weather had cooled slightly at Belmont Park on Tuesday, with a high temperature of 65 degrees. The National Weather Service forecast called for slightly warmer temperatures Wednesday and Thursday, then turning noticeably cooler for Friday and Saturday. The high temperature on Saturday is expected to be 55 degrees, with blustery weather. There is no rain in the forecast for the rest of the week.

Tiznow behaves again

Tiznow was not quite as well behaved on Tuesday as he was on Monday, though he was far removed from the worst of his behavior that was displayed last week. "It's just a question of not rushing him," said trainer Jay Robbins, who elected not give Tiznow a shot of vodka before he trained.

Tiznow's co-owner, Michael Cooper, was on hand Tuesday and said he felt "much better today than last Thursday," when Tiznow behaved most obstinately before a workout.

* At Woodbine, Canadian star A Fleets Dancer breezed five furlongs on the training track in 1:04.20. He was expected to arrive by van at Belmont Park late Tuesday night. At Churchill Downs, Guided Tour, who will seek his fourth straight victory on Saturday, worked a half-mile in 50.40 seconds. And at Laurel, Meadowlands Cup third-place finisher Include worked a half-mile in 47.40 seconds.

* Trainer Aidan O'Brien's duo of Black Minnaloushe and Galileo were scheduled to arrive here late Tuesday afternoon from Ireland. They will be in quarantine at Belmont Park for 36 hours, per regulations set up by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.