05/31/2004 12:00AM

Dedication to go on week's rest


ELMONT, N.Y. - A year ago, trainer Christophe Clement won the Sheepshead Bay with Mariensky and ran her back one week later, when she won the Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day.

Clement will make a similar move this Saturday, when he is expected to wheel Dedication, runner-up in Sunday's Jaipur Handicap, back in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"Why not?" Clement said. "As my good friend Bill Mott said to me the other day, they don't lay eggs and they don't produce milk. Let's see how she comes out of it. If the filly's well, yes, we'll run. She's really a seven-furlong to a mile filly, and you don't get that many opportunities."

The Just a Game is run at one mile on the Widener Turf.

Dedication, who won the Beaugay Handicap in April at Aqueduct, ran a solid race to be second against males in the Jaipur. Bottled up along the inside early, Dedication rallied to make the lead briefly in deep stretch only to be passed by Multiple Choice and lose by a half-length.

"She ran a good race," Clement said. "We just got a little unlucky at the end."

A solid field is expected for the Just a Game, including the Bobby Frankel-trained duo of Etoile Montante and Intercontinental; Grade 1 winners Riskaverse and Wonder Again; Ocean Drive; Fast Cookie; Coney Kitty; and possibly Dyna Da Wyna and Vespers.

Dynever confirmed for Brooklyn

Clement said Dynever will stay on the dirt for now and would be pointed to the Grade 2, $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap here June 12. Dynever is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special.

On Sunday, Dynever worked five furlongs in 1:01.45 over a yielding Belmont inner turf course. His last two works have been on turf.

"The reason why he's worked on the grass the last two weeks is I thought the grass would be a bit kinder, especially to his feet," Clement said. "He shed both his frogs coming out of the last race and he bruised his feet. We're going to keep him on dirt for now. We'll work him back next weekend on dirt, and if he works well we'll run him in the Brooklyn."

Clement said Corey Nakatani would ride Dynever in the Brooklyn.

La Reina to get blinkers for Acorn

La Reina, the fourth-place finisher in the Grade 1 Ashland on April 3, will wear blinkers for the first time when she runs in Friday's Grade 1, $250,000 Acorn. Trainer Shug McGaughey worked La Reina in blinkers last week, and she went five furlongs in a solid 1:00.24.

At one mile, the Acorn "is a little shorter than I would like, but I think the blinkers will put her into the race," McGaughey said. "I hope some speed shows in front of her, where she could settle off of it. That's what she wants to do."

McGaughey had considered running Daydreaming in the Acorn, but said he would wait to run her in the Grade Mother Goose on June 26.

"I tried her a one-turn mile a couple of times," said McGaughey. "I just want to wait."

Others pointing to the Acorn include Bending Strings, Bohemian Lady, Friendly Michelle, Island Sand, Pawyne Princess, Society Selection, and Victory U. S. A.

'Frontier' no longer longshot

Canadian Frontier's generous odds in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler are unlikely to be duplicated when he runs back in Saturday's $200,000 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Canadian Frontier, whose odds were 20-1 when he won the Bold Ruler, is among the top contenders in the Grade 2 True North at six furlongs.

On Monday at Belmont, Canadian Frontier worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.27 seconds, breezing, over the training track. The move was the fastest of 12 works at the distance.

Canadian Frontier became a stakes winner in the Bold Ruler at Belmont on May 8. A 5-year-old son of Gone West, Canadian Frontier has been limited to nine starts due to myriad physical problems.

Canadian Frontier's latest setback came shortly after Einar Robsham privately purchased him from his owner and trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, in May 2003.

After finishing second in his first start for Robsham and trainer Stan Hough on Belmont Stakes Day last year, Canadian Frontier sustained a condylar fracture in a hind leg and required surgery.

Robsham died in February, and now Hough trains Canadian Frontier for Robsham's widow, Joyce.

Canadian Frontier returned to the races at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 7, five days after Robsham died, and won a first-level allowance race by 2 1/2 lengths. He won his next start in allowance company and was fourth in the Yankee Affair Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream before winning the Bold Ruler.

In the Bold Ruler, his first start in a graded stakes, Canadian Frontier was a 3 3/4-length winner and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure 107.

"Hopefully, he can step it up again," Hough said. "It's been one thing or another with him, but now he's run a few good races in a row. He worked great [Monday] and was well within himself."

Canadian Frontier will carry 115 pounds in the True North and will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Other probable starters include Speightstown, the 119-pound highweight, Pohave (117), Cat Genius (116), Key Deputy (114), Buzzy's Gold (111), and Maybry's Boy (111).

Brice plans Rogue Agent's next

After an easy win in a $50,000 allowance race last Friday, Rogue Agent will be pointed to a stakes for his next start.

Mike Brice, Rogue Agent's trainer, is eyeing the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap here June 12 and the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap a week later at Suffolk Downs. Down the road, another possibility for Rogue Agent is the restricted Evan Shipman Handicap on July 25, closing day of the Belmont meet.

Brice said he prefers the Massachusetts Cap, a Grade 2 race, over the Brooklyn, because it will give Rogue Agent 22 days in between starts.

"The timing of the Mass 'Cap is much better," Brice said.

A couple of changes were made last Friday, when Rogue Agent won the 1 1/16-mile race in the slop. For the first time since July 2002, Jorge Chavez rode Rogue Agent. Brice also opened up the cups on Rogue Agent's blinkers, which provided him with more peripheral vision.

"I put cheaters on him," said Brice, who claimed Rogue Agent for $30,000 last August. "[Chavez] rode him great, and he got his wet track. All that combined helped."

A 5-year-old gelding, Rogue Agent will be seeking his first stakes win in the Mass 'Cap after finishing in the money in a few stakes during the winter, including a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Aqueduct Handicap.

* Peace Rules, prepping for the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12, zipped five furlongs in 57.94 seconds Monday over Belmont's main track. It was the fastest of 34 works at the distance.

* The stewards suspended Edgar Prado for seven days for careless riding in Sunday's fourth race. Prado finished second aboard Theatrical Cat, who was disqualified to last for veering out early in the stretch.

Prado appealed the suspension and a stay has been granted.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson