09/23/2004 11:00PM

Cologny, Travelator go off short rest


ELMONT, N.Y. - Cologny and Travelator will run back in Sunday's $100,000-added Schenectady at Belmont Park, eight days after finishing second and third, respectively, in the Grade 3 Floral Park.

If the quick turnaround takes its toll on Cologny and Travelator, Sugar Punch has what it takes to beat her more seasoned rivals in the Schenectady, which is for New York-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Sugar Punch, one of three 3-year-olds in the seven-horse field, is undefeated in four starts this year. In her stakes debut, Sugar Punch won the Union Avenue by a neck over Beautiful America at Saratoga on Aug. 26. Beautiful America, also entered in the Schenectady, finished 4 3/4 lengths in front of Cologny, the third-place finisher in the Union Avenue.

Cologny conceded 10 pounds to Sugar Punch in the Union Avenue. The spread here is only five pounds. Cologny and Travelator carry 121 pounds as the co-highweights.

Sugar Punch won her maiden here in June over a muddy track. Voicing his confidence in his filly, Sugar Punch's trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., said, "I'm not going to be looking for an excuse after this race."

Sugar Punch, one of several with speed in the field, starts from post 5.

Cologny, the main speed, lost by a neck to Feline Story after controlling the pace through swift fractions in the six-furlong Floral Park on Sept. 18.

"She just ran her eyeballs out; she always gives 110 percent," said Scott Lake, Cologny's trainer. "We'll give her a break after this race."

High Peaks, another speed horse, is coming off two tremendous wins at Saratoga.

Beautiful America usually gets a piece of the purse, has a preference for Belmont, and would benefit from a speed duel.

Travelator won this race last year. Distinctive Kitten and Front Line complete the field.

Domestic Dispute to ship in for Gold Cup

Domestic Dispute is scheduled to arrive in New York from California on Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Patrick Gallagher, Domestic Dispute's trainer, said the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup will help him decide if he should point the colt to the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star on Oct. 30.

Domestic Dispute won the Grade 2 Strub at 1 1/8 miles in February at Santa Anita. After making the trip to Dubai in March for the World Cup, where he finished sixth, Domestic Dispute got an extended freshening.

Since returning to racing, he finished second in the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup and the Del Mar Breeders' Cup.

Gallagher said Domestic Dispute's ability at 1 1/4 miles, the distance of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Classic, is in question.

"When he was with Bob Baffert as a 2-year-old and I watched him run, I thought for sure he would get a mile and a quarter," Gallagher said. "In some of the races he ran for me, I had my doubts. But after he won the Strub, it looked possible."

Love of Money awaits forecast

Dutrow will be glued to the Weather Channel this week, because he would love to run Pennsylvania Derby winner Love of Money in the Jockey Club Gold Cup if the track is wet. If the track is dry, Love of Money will run in the $500,000 Indiana Derby the same day at Hoosier Park. Dutrow won't finalize travel plans for Love of Money until he has a better handle on the forecast.

"If the track was off, I would be very, very confident to run here," Dutrow said. "If we go to Indiana, I feel we are the horse to beat there."

Gander on the mend

Gander, the popular New York-bred and multiple stakes winner, is making steady progress at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., recovering from a broken leg that ended his career.

On Thursday, Gander was refitted with his third cast, necessary because muscle atrophy caused his first two casts to become loose.

Gander broke the pastern bone in his left foreleg at Saratoga on Sept. 1 during a workout.

Mike Gatsas, who co-owns Gander with his brother, Ted, said Gander has handled his recovery like a pro.

"He's acting like he did at the track - taking everything in stride," Mike Gatsas said.

Dr. Alan Nixon, Gander's surgeon, told Gatsas he should begin making plans for the 8-year-old gelding's place of retirement.

One of the places under consideration is Peter Fuller's Runnymede Farm in Rye, N.H., which Gatsas said is ideal because of its proximity to his home in Massachusetts.

* On Friday, Ghostzapper had his first work since winning the Woodward on Sept. 11. Ghostzapper, who will run next in the BC Classic, worked a half-mile in 48.41 seconds over the main track.