06/27/2010 11:00PM

Desert Party aimed at Forego


ELMONT, N.Y. - Desert Party came out of his 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday s $200,000 Don LeVine Memorial at Philadelphia Park in good order, said Rick Mettee, the New York-based assistant for Godolphin, which owns Desert Party. Mettee added the 4-year-old colt will likely be pointed to the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 4.

In the LeVine, Desert Party came from last position, though he was never too far back, to win while running seven furlongs in 1:22.04 and earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 101 in the process.

Mettee said that Desert Party, who finished 14th in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, would likely be kept in one-turn races such as the Forego, the Kelso, which has been moved from turf to dirt at the Belmont fall meet, and the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.

Referencing the Forego specifically, Mettee said, If you re going to take a shot in a Grade 1, that might be your best shot.

Devil May Care eyes Spa Grade 1 s

Having captured Saturday s Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, Devil May Care will now set her sights on a pair of Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga, where she won her career debut last year.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is targeting the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24 and the Alabama on Aug. 21 for Devil May Care, who won Saturday s Mother Goose by 1 1/4 lengths over Connie and Michael. Devil May Care, a half-sister to Regal Ransom, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.06 and earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

The Alabama could prove an intriguing event if the California-based Blind Luck were to run. Blind Luck, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and Las Virgenes, is being pointed to the Delaware Oaks on July 10.

Connie and Michael to Schettino

Connie and Michael could face Devil May Care in the Coaching Club, and if she does it will be with Dominick Schettino as the listed trainer.

Connie and Michael is owned by Anthony Bonomo Sr., whose son, Anthony Bonomo Jr., works as an assistant to Schettino. Connie and Michael was previously trained by Ken McPeek, who is based in Kentucky and who picked Connie and Michael out at auction for Bonomo, who races under the name Brooklyn Boyz.

When Connie was up here we basically fell in love with her and we didn t really want to send her back to Kentucky or anything, the elder Bonomo said. She s now going to make her residence in Dominick Schettino s barn, and my son and Dominick will take care of her going forward.

Bonomo said he will still employ McPeek, who also trains horses for Bonomo s wife, Mary Ellen, who races under the name MEB Stable.

Saratoga: Free admission at opener

The New York Racing Association will offer free grandstand admission and reduced clubhouse admission for opening day at Saratoga, it was announced Monday.

The $3 grandstand admission fee will be waived for the July 23 opener and clubhouse admission, usually $5, will be reduced to $2 for the first of 40 days at the extended meeting.

Also, NYRA announced that the pick six pool on Thursdays at the Spa will have a guaranteed pool of $100,000. Of the three Thursdays in 2009 that did not have carryovers going into that day s card, the pick-six pool averaged just $61,225.

On Thursdays when picksix pool does not reach $100,000, NYRA will have to supplement the difference.

The late pick four pool on Saturdays at the Spa will have guaranteed pools of $500,000.

* Franny Freud, who will be one of choices for Sunday s Grade 1 Prioress Stakes, worked four furlongs in 47.63 seconds over the main track on Monday. She heads a field that is expected to include Acorn winner Champagne d Oro, Funny Feeling, Liam s Dream, and Rapport. Hot Dixie Chick, Derwin s Star and Stormandaprayer are possible.

* Bribon worked four furlongs in 48.09 seconds Monday morning over the main track, his first work since winning the True North Handicap on Belmont Day. Bribon could run in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 8.The all-sources handle declined 11.3 percent from a $4,378,851 daily average in 2008-09 to $3,885,374 in 2009-10 as simulcast wagering fell 7.4 percent (from $1,093,540 to $1,012,807) and out-of-state wagering fell 7.5 percent (from $1,419,498 to $1,312,589).

The Golden Gate meet began on Dec. 26, 2009 and ended June 12, 2010.