06/14/2005 11:00PM

Daydreaming carries family hopes in Phipps

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Jim Linscott
Shug McGaughey says Daydreaming is coming into the Phipps in fine form.

ELMONT, N.Y. - From 1988 to 1995, trainer Shug McGaughey won the Hempstead Handicap three times for the Phipps family. In 2002, the Hempstead was renamed the Ogden Phipps Handicap, and McGaughey would love to honor the man who changed his life with a victory in Saturday's renewal of the Grade 1 race.

In order to do that, the McGaughey-trained Daydreaming will have to find a way to turn the tables on Society Selection, who whipped her in last month's Shuvee Handicap. She will also have to deal with Ashado, last year's 3-year-old filly champion. As of Wednesday, Bending Strings was the only other confirmed runner for the Phipps.

"It'd be exciting to me and I'm sure for the family to win a race with Mr. Phipps's name on it, just as it was when Storm Flag Flying won the Personal Ensign last year," said McGaughey, who became the private trainer for the Phipps family in the fall of 1985. "It's a great race no matter what. For us, for personal reasons, it takes on a little more significance."

Last year, McGaughey's Storm Flag Flying finished second in the Phipps behind Sightseek, who won this race for the second straight year and was unbeaten in six career starts at Belmont.

Daydreaming, owned by Ogden Mills Phipps, ended her 3-year-old season with victories in the Grade 3 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks and the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. After a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Sabin at Gulfstream to begin this season, Daydreaming won the Grade 3 Next Move at Aqueduct. In the Shuvee, Daydreaming raced up close behind a hot pace, was no match for Society Selection in the stretch, and won a head-bob for second with Bohemian Lady.

"I thought Daydreaming ran fine," McGaughey said of the Shuvee. "Going a mile she was backing up off a mile and an eighth [race], and she might have laid a little closer than need be. I'm looking forward to running her Saturday."

McGaughey is hoping to see Daydreaming a bit farther off the early pace in the Phipps. On Sunday, Daydreaming worked a solid five furlongs in 1:00.46 on Sunday.

"She went in a minute, as nice as you'd want her to go, and came out of it good," McGaughey said. "I got no second thoughts."

Javier Castellano, who rode Daydreaming in the Shuvee, has the return call in the Phipps.

Good Reward may try Sword Dancer

McGaughey said Good Reward came out of his victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap in good order and could make his next start in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga on Aug. 13.

McGaughey said he would nominate Good Reward to the United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 2, but indicated that race may be too close back for his 4-year-old son of Storm Cat.

"I was very impressed with the way he ran, I was very impressed with the way Jerry [Bailey] rode him," McGaughey said. "Maybe he's learning a little more about him in that let's not give him too much to do. Going a mile and a quarter helps him because he can put him wherever he wants to put him.''

Sis City works toward Delaware Oaks

Sis City doesn't do much to impress trainer Bobby Frankel in the morning. Maybe she'll do it in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, Sis City worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 over Belmont's main track in preparation for her next start, the $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 16. It was the second-fastest of 20 works at the distance. It was her second work since being moved to Frankel's barn by the Stonerside Stable.

"She looks and acts like just another filly," Frankel said. "She doesn't blow you away, but she trains good."

Sis City won the Grade 1 Ashland in April but finished fourth as the odds-on favorite in the Kentucky Oaks. Frankel said he nominated Sis City to the Mother Goose at Belmont on June 25, but he believes the two turns of the Delaware Oaks may be better than one turn for the front-running Sis City.

"One turn, the pace is always a little quicker," Frankel said. "She's got her Grade 1 already."

Frankel worked a couple of other graded stakes winners on Wednesday. Commercante, who won the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine last fall, worked five furlongs in 1:02.07. It was her fourth work of the year, coming off surgery to remove chips from both ankles.

Frankel said Commercante will be pointed to the Diana Handicap at Saratoga on July 30.

High Limit, the Louisiana Derby winner who was soundly beaten in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, worked five furlongs in 1:01.26. Frankel said he is considering that horse for the Jim Dandy at Saratoga or the Haskell at Monmouth.

Shaniko heads Friday feature

Shaniko will seek to duplicate his front-running victory in a second-level allowance here on May 15 when he heads a five-horse field entered in a third-level allowance on Friday's twilight card. First post is 3 p.m.

Shaniko led from start to finish, winning his last start as the 9-5 favorite. Shaniko earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 101 for the effort. John Velazquez rides Shaniko, the 123-pound highweight for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Potrisunrise, who is 3 for 3 at Belmont, could be the upsetter in his first start since being claimed by Dominic Galluscio on May 12. Potrisunrise, an 8-year-old gelding, has won four of his six starts and has the services of Edgar Prado.

Win With Beck, Kennel Up, and Dr. Rockett complete the field.

* Slew Motion ($2.20) ran away from What's Your Point in upper stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in Wednesday's $59,300 Dancin Renee Stakes for 3-year-old New York bred fillies. Slew Motion, under Edgar Prado, covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.86. There was $355,423 wagered to show on Slew Motion from a pool of $374,898, creating a minus show pool of $63,416.