11/08/2007 12:00AM

Delayed Long Island suits Barancella

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - With the postponement of the Long Island Handicap from Nov. 3 to Sunday, trainer Bobby Frankel has elected to enter Barancella in the Grade 3 race for fillies and mares scheduled for 1 1/2 miles on Aqueduct's turf course.

Barancella, who finished third in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on Oct. 21, was not among the seven horses entered when the race was drawn Nov. 1. The Nov. 3 card was canceled, however, when the jockeys refused to ride, citing potentially dangerous wind gusts.

The decision was made to card the Long Island for Sunday, giving Barancella an extra week to recover from the E.P. Taylor.

"It's important," trainer Bobby Frankel said of the extra week. "She lost a shoe in Canada and that's why she didn't finish like she normally does."

Barancella has been second or third in eight graded stakes, but has yet to win one. Her lone stakes victory from 19 career starts was a one-length win in the Fairway Flyer at Belmont Park on Sept. 23, which preceded her E.P. Taylor effort.

The Long Island is run at 1 1/2 miles, the distance at which Barancella won her career debut in France. Frankel said he would prefer to see some give in the ground Sunday.

"She likes it soft," he said.

The remainder of the Long Island field is likely to include the seven fillies and mares who originally entered the race last weekend: Royal Highness, Green Girl, Dalvina, Mary Louhana, Miracle Moment, My Rachel, and Rising Cross.

Your Flame in Me returns

Your Flame in Me, a speedy Maryland-bred filly who won her first three starts before finishing fifth in the Miss Preakness Stakes in May, returns to the races in Saturday's $75,000 Lady Tak Stakes at six furlongs.

Your Flame in Me finished fifth as the even-money favorite in the Gradeo3 Miss Preakness on May 18, but came out of the race with a chip in a hind ankle that had to be surgically removed.

"The ground broke out from underneath her, she scrambled to get back into the race, and she started drifting out like she was uncomfortable," trainer Michael Trombetta said. "She came back sore and we found a chip in a hind ankle and we removed it."

Trombetta said Your Flame in Me has been training very well at Laurel Park, and if she breaks as well as she has in the past, she could be tough to catch.

"It would take a freaky fast horse to outrun her," Trombetta said. "She's like a rabbit."

Exciting Justice makes her first start for trainer John Destefano after racing on the Kentucky circuit for Joe Cain. She won the Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway Park on Sept. 22 from off the pace before finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Raven Run while racing on the pace at Keeneland.

Darjeeling, winner of two straight for Jimmy Toner, and Dixie Dawn, who encountered trouble when fourth in the Dream Supreme Stakes at Belmont, are other contenders in this nine-horse field.

Cosmonaut back with Carlos Martin

When it came time for owner Carl Lizza to find someone to replace Patrick Biancone as the trainer of Cosmonaut, Carlos Martin was a natural choice. After all, it was Martin who picked out Cosmonaut for Lizza to buy at the 2003 yearling sale and who trained him during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons.

But when the colt was shipped out to California for a stakes race at the end of his 3-year-old season, Cosmonaut stayed with Biancone. Over the last few years, Cosmonaut won a trio of Grade 3 stakes and finished second, beaten a head, in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile, before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Mile last month at Monmouth Park.

With Biancone forced to give up his horses during a one-year suspension, Cosmonaut was transferred to Martin following the Breeders' Cup.

"I was happy to get him back," Martin said. "Hopefully, he'll pick up the barn a little bit, it's been a little slow around here."

On Wednesday, Cosmonaut breezed five furlongs in 1:02.51 over Belmont's training track. He may run one more time this year, possibly in the Grade 3, $200,000 River City at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23.

"If the horse is doing well, we'll keep an open mind," Martin said. "He worked great today."

Bishop Court Hill with Albertrani

Bishop Court Hill, a graded stakes winner on Aqueduct's main and inner dirt tracks, has been transferred to trainer Tom Albertrani for a winter campaign in New York.

After finishing fifth in the $2 million Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba in March, Bishop Court Hill was transferred by owner Eugene Melnyk from Todd Pletcher to Mark Casse. Bishop Court Hill ran two subpar allowance races at Woodbine.

When with Pletcher, Bishop Court Hill won the Grade 1 Carter Handicap over Aqueduct's main track in 2006 and was a two-time winner of the Paumonok Handicap over the inner track. He also won the Gravesend over the inner.

"Since he's run well at Aqueduct, they decided to bring him here for the winter to see if he can have a winter campaign," Albertrani said.

On Thursday, Bishop Court Hill worked four furlongs in 50.06 seconds over Belmont's main track.

Albertrani said Bishop Court Hill could be a candidate for the Fall Highweight Handicap here on Nov. 22.

Meanwhile, Albertrani has been on a major roll lately, winning with 7 of his last 12 starters, including 5 of 8 at this meet. He trails only David Jacobson, who won his sixth race of the meet Thursday.

Arboleda heading to New Orleans

Apprentice rider Aldo Arboleda will leave New York following Sunday's races and will ride first call for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. at Fair Grounds, according to Randy Romero, Arboleda's agent.

Romero said Arboleda will also ride some for Bobby Frankel when the Fair Grounds meet begins Nov. 22.

"It's kind of hard to refuse," Romero said. "It gives the kid the opportunity to get on some good horses. I think a lot of this kid."

Arboleda began riding in August and has won 12 races from 144 mounts. After going 0 for 54 at Belmont, Arboleda is 4 for 21 at Aqueduct, including riding Explosive Count ($17) to victory in Thursday's fifth race.

* Nobiz Like Shobiz breezed four furlongs in 47.80 seconds Thursday over the Belmont Park turf course in preparation for the Hollywood Derby on Nov. 25.