08/21/2008 11:00PM

Don’t count out Wasserman quite yet


AUBURN, Wash. – Howard Belvoir, the breeder, trainer and owner of Grade 3 Longacres Mile winner Wasserman, has opened the door just a crack to the possibility of running his 6-year-old in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

Wasserman earned an automatic berth in the Dirt Mile when he won last Sunday’s Mile, which enjoyed Win and You’re In status for the first time this year. He is not eligible for the Breeders’ Cup, however, and Belvoir initially ruled out paying the $90,000 supplemental fee required for making Wasserman eligible to run. Subsequent developments have caused the trainer to reconsider.

“Someone has offered to put up the $90,000 to make him eligible,” said Belvoir. “I can’t tell you who it is yet, but it is a legitimate offer. This doesn’t mean I’m going to run him, but I’m going to consider it. It will depend on how he comes out of his next race and how the Dirt Mile seems to be shaping up. I’ll just take it one step at a time.”

Belvoir said Wasserman will probably run next in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1/16 miles on Washington Cup Day, Sept. 14.

“I’m pointing him toward the Classic because I have a couple of other horses for the Chinook Pass Sprint, and I’d like to split them up,” said Belvoir. “I’d like to run Immigration in the Sprint, and I’m trying to get Mulcahy ready for that race, too. I know Mulcahy won’t be ready to go 1 1/16 miles by Washington Cup Day.”

Mulcahy, who won last year’s Emerald Derby en route to 3-year-old of the meeting honors, is on the comeback trail after injuring a suspensory ligament last fall. He has logged two official workouts, both at three furlongs.

Enumclaw Girl okay for Cup Day

Enumclaw Girl is on the mend after hurting herself in her stall just hours before she was scheduled to contest Saturday’s $100,000 Washington Oaks. Trainer Rosie Simkins said Enumclaw Girl was found to have a swollen hock when she was checked in her stall between Saturday’s second and third races.

“She must have kicked a wall,” said Simkins. “There was no question of running her, because her hock was the size of a melon and she was lame.”

By Thursday morning, the swelling had gone down and Enumclaw Girl was walking sound in her shed row.

“She is fine now, and we should be able to put her back into training on Monday,” said Simkins. “It has been demonstrated that they don’t lose any aerobic fitness for 30 days, so there shouldn’t be any problem running her on Washington Cup Day. The challenge will be to keep her from hurting herself again before then. She’s accident-prone.”

Enumclaw Girl, a daughter of Katowice, is slated to run in $50,000 John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old Washington-bred fillies at a mile.

Enumerator on road to recovery

Trainer Doris Harwood had a terrific Mile weekend, winning Saturday’s Oaks with Elusive Horizon and running second to Lemon Kiss with Shampoo in Sunday’s $100,000 Emerald Distaff. There wasn’t much celebrating in Harwood’s barn, however, because Strong Ruler Stakes winner Enumerator suffered a bout of colic early Sunday morning and underwent emergency surgery.

Harwood reported that Enumerator’s condition was listed as guarded early this week, but it was upgraded to fair on Thursday.

“He is getting better, and it looks like he will pull through,” said the trainer. “He’s done for this year, of course, but with any luck we’ll get him back to the races next season. He is such a nice horse – not only good, but nice to be around – that it would have been a real blow to lose him.”

Enumerator, a homebred son of He’s Tops and Really Tops who races for Herman Sarkowsky, has a full brother selling as Hip No. 21 in the WTBA summer yearling sale, which will be held in the M.J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion on Sept. 2.