05/04/2010 11:00PM

Drosselmeyer set for Dwyer

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ELMONT, N.Y. - If things go as well the next two Saturdays for WinStar Farm as they went last Saturday, its management team could have an interesting decision to make come Belmont Stakes time.

WinStar owns Super Saver, who last Saturday won the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and who on May 15 will attempt to win the Preakness and then come to Belmont Park for the June 5 Belmont Stakes with a chance to become Thoroughbred racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

This Saturday at Belmont Park, WinStar will send out Drosselmeyer in the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer Stakes, a race designed as a prep for the Belmont. The Dwyer, traditionally run July 4, was moved to the second Saturday in May and replaces the Peter Pan, which has been scrapped this year by the New York Racing Association. If Drosselmeyer wins the Dwyer, he would certainly be highly regarded for the Belmont.

Would WinStar run Drosselmeyer if Super Saver is going for the Triple Crown?

"I hope we have to make that decision," said Elliott Walden, vice president of WinStar Farm, which is co-owned by Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt.

Coming off a narrow third-place finish in the Louisiana Derby, Drosselmeyer figures to go favored in the Dwyer, a one-turn, 1 1/8-mile race that drew a field of seven. Codoy, who won the John Battaglia at Turfway, and Turf Melody, who won the Springboard Mile at Remington last December, are the only stakes winners in the field.

WinStar was hoping to run Drosselmeyer in the Kentucky Derby, but the colt did not have enough graded stakes earnings to crack the 20-horse field. In the Louisiana Derby, Drosselmeyer encountered some traffic trouble from the quarter pole to the eighth pole and was beaten one length by Mission Impazible while finishing a neck behind A Little Warm.

"He eventually got through the spot he went to initially," trainer Bill Mott said of jockey Kent Desormeaux. "He got to it, and it tightened up and he had to wait."

While Walden said there was some discussion about running Drosselmeyer in another prep before the Kentucky Derby, it was ultimately decided "not to do anything rash that would affect us in the long term," Walden said.

Since the Louisiana Derby, Drosselmeyer has been training at Keeneland, where he has breezed three times over that track's synthetic surface including a seven-furlong move in 1:27 on the morning of the Kentucky Derby.

"His works have been good, everything has gone well with him, except he didn't get in the Derby," Mott said.

The Dwyer will go as race 9 and will be the third leg in a late pick-four wager that has a guaranteed pool of $300,000.

The Dwyer field, from the rail out: Carnivore (Ramon Dominguez), Drosselmeyer (Desormeaux), Turf Melody (Rajiv Maragh), Soaring Empire (Eddie Castro), Remand (John Velazquez), Codoy (Cornelio Velasquez), and Fly Down (Jose Lezcano.)

Ron the Greek now with Albertrani

The 3-year-old Ron the Greek, who won the Lecomte Stakes in Janaury before finishing sixth in both the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby, is now in the barn of trainer Tom Albertrani. The horse, owned by Jack Hammer, had previously been with Tom Amoss.

On Wednesday, Ron the Greek worked three furlongs in 39.12 seconds over Belmont's main track, his first move since the Louisiana Derby.

"When he first came up here, he had a quarter crack, we gave him a little time to get over that," Albertrani said. "He looks like he's a horse that's got some talent. Hopefully, we can get him going in the right direction."

Albertrani also said that Gozzip Girl, his Grade 1-winning turf filly, is targeting the New York Breeders' Cup Stakes on June 19 for her return.

Gozzip Girl, who won the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park last July, has not run since finishing third in the Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland on Oct. 17.

Albertrani said his mid-range goal with Gozzip Girl is the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga in August.

Unrivaled Belle may go in Phipps

Unrivaled Belle, who upset Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the La Troienne Stakes last Friday at Churchill Downs, has shipped back to New York and could make her next start in the Grade 1, $250,000 Ogden Phipps, trainer Bill Mott said.

Mott indicated a preference to run in the Phipps over the Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on the same day because of its Grade 1 status.

"She's here for now, if she's doing well, we'll take a shot," Mott said.

Unrivaled Belle is 2 for 2 at Belmont.

Timber Reserve works for Schaefer

After a failed experiment on synthetics, Timber Reserve will return to dirt for his next start in what will likely be the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard.

On Wednesday, Timber Reserve worked five furlongs in 59.86 seconds over the Belmont Park training track, the fastest of six works at the distance.

"After our experiment on Poly, he's been acting really well," said trainer John Kimmel, whose horse finished last in the Ben Ali at Keeneland. "He ran terrible on it. He was in a perfect spot turning for hom. When he asked him, his legs started going all over the place. Obviously, he didn't care for that kind of surface."

Kimmel said Khancord Kid, a New York-bred 3-year-old filly who is 3 for 5 on turf, including a victory in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream in her last start, will get another try on dirt in the $175,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on May 14.

Kimmel said the only time Khancord Kid ran on dirt, it was a over a wet track at Saratoga where she finished seven of eight.

"It's a chance to how she handles [dirt] to make a determination on whether we can target the big races on dirt for the spring and summer," Kimmel said. "She's bred to run as far as they go."