09/23/2009 11:00PM

Diamondrella may try boys in Kelso

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Amber Chalfin
Diamondrella, winner of the Just a Game, is being considered for a start against males in Grade 2 Kelso Handicap on Oct. 4 at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. - In a year that has become defined by the girls beating the boys in Thoroughbred racing, another female may be ready to take the plunge.

Diamondrella, who earlier this year won the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes against females going a mile at Belmont Park, is being seriously considered for a start against the boys in the Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap here Oct 4. The Kelso, like the Just a Game, is run as a one-turn mile over Belmont's Widener turf course.

"The sole reason we're thinking about it is the one-turn mile, which we already know she likes," trainer Angel Penna said.

Diamondrella reeled off six consecutive victories which began with a first-level allowance win going six furlongs on June 12, 2008, and ended with her victory over Forever Together in the Just a Game on Belmont Stakes Day. After having her schedule altered a couple of different times due to weather, Diamondrella finished sixth in the Grade 3 Presque Isle Masters over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs.

Penna ran Diamondrella in that race to find out whether a race such as the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, run over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface, could be an option. It isn't.

"It was a calculated risk, it didn't work," Penna said. "At least we learned something."

It was uncertain whether Penna would use the Kelso as a prep for a potential start in the Breeders' Cup Mile against the boys on Nov. 7 at Santa Anita.

The field for the Kelso is not coming up particularly strong. Among the definite runners are Court Vision, Get Serious, and Yorktown. Those possible to start include Le Grand Cru, The Roundhouse, and Yield Bogey.

Macho Again prepares for Gold Cup

Macho Again, who came within a head of upsetting Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Woodward last out, worked five furlongs in 1:04 on Thursday morning over a wet Churchill Downs main track. Macho Again is preparing for a start in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup here Oct. 3.

"He went nice and easy, he worked really good," said trainer Dallas Stewart, who said he clocked Macho Again's final quarter in 24.40 seconds. "He came back bouncing. He doesn't need much, he's very fit. I'm happy with him."

Though the main track was officially listed as sloppy for Churchill's workouts Thursday morning, Stewart said that at 6 a.m., when Macho Again worked, the track was good. Stewart said he opted to work Macho Again on Thursday because wet weather was forecast for several days in Kentucky.

"This is the best we're going to get," he said.

Stewart said that Macho Again would likely ship in from Kentucky next Thursday.

The prospective Gold Cup field includes Belmont and Travers winner Summer Bird, Florida Derby winner Quality Road, Sette E Mezzo, Tizway, and possibly Suburban winner Dry Martini and Lowther Street.

Dominguez closing in on 300 NYRA wins

Jockey Ramon Dominguez will soon join a short but select list of jockeys to have won 300 races in a year on this circuit.

When Dominguez won Thursday's seventh race, it was his 295th victory among Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga this year. Only four other riders have accomplished the feat, though it's been done six times total. According to New York Racing Association records, Steve Cauthen holds the record with 433 victories accomplished in 1977. Angel Cordero won 340 races in 1982 and 309 in 1983. Mike Smith won 330 races in 1991 and 313 in 1993. Eibar Coa won 303 races in 2006.

Dominguez ranks second in wins nationally with 305, trailing only Russell Baze, but ranks first overall in purse money won with $13.2 million. He won't be here Saturday as he will be riding the Maryland Million card at Laurel Park.

Beginning with Sunday's card, there are 60 NYRA cards remaining in the calendar year.

Familiar foes to meet in Jazzing Around

New York-breds seeking one more prep before the $250,000 Empire Classic can get it in Saturday's $65,000 Jazzing Around Stakes at 1 1/16 miles over the main track.

Future Prospect, Naught New Yorker, and Dr. D.F.C, separated by a neck in the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28, are all back in this six-horse field. Future Prospect has won 5 of his last 7 starts, including 2 of 3 at Belmont.

Future Prospect is likely to get involved in a duel with R Clear Victory, who beat Future Prospect in the High Rock Spring Stakes at Saratoga on July 31 when allowed to get loose on the lead.

Naughty New Yorker, who topped the $1 million mark in earnings with his second-place finish in the Funny Cide, makes the 50th start of his career for Fox Ridge Farm and trainer Pat Kelly.

Joe Corrigan and Undocumented complete the field.

Weathered wins Belle Born

Weathered held off a stern stretch challenge from My Dinah to win Thursday's $67,500 Belle Born Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by a half-length. It was 8 1/4 lengths back to Karakorum Fugitive in third.

Under Mile Luzzi, Weathered stalked Doodlin until the midway point on the far turn and then outfinished My Dinah, who, under Jose Espinoza, drew on even terms turning for home. Weathered ($3.50) covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.63.

Weathered, a 4-year-old daughter of Key Contender trained by Karl Grusmark, won for the 10th time in 20 starts for her career. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 3 Next Move and the Rare Treat Handicap over Aqueduct's inner track.

Belmont hosts College Day on Saturday

In its continuing efforts to reach a younger audience, the New York Racing Association will hold its second College Day on Saturday at Belmont Park.

After each race Saturday, a drawing will be held for a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by Dime Savings Bank. Dime also will give away a $2,000 scholarship after the final race of the day. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, entrants must be full-time students in an accredited college that accepts federal financial aid.

Students with a valid college I.D. will be admitted free. Gates open at 11 a.m., and students wishing to sign up for the scholarship drawings may do so at the paddock tent beginning at that time.