09/24/2008 11:00PM

Dynaman returns on week's rest in Carey

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STICKNEY, Ill. - It's a tale of two layoffs in the Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap on Saturday at Hawthorne, where Galantas will make his first start in 53 weeks and Dynaman his first since last week.

The recency contrast is stark, but handicappers should be impressed by the body of work put together by both horses. In the final race before his year-plus layoff, Galantas finished an excellent third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile behind Shakespeare and Kip Deville, top-class milers both. More recently, Dynaman hasn't been finishing second to anyone. Dynaman won three allowance races in a row at the Arlington meet and decisively punctuated his summer with a victory last Saturday in the $50,000 John Henry Stakes.

Dynaman, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Danny Miller, returned to the track for the first time since his win on Wednesday, the same day he was entered in the Carey, but Miller said he fully intends to run.

"I had actually planned on doing this all along when I ran him [in the John Henry], depending of course that he came out of the race good, which he did," Miller said. "His last four races have been spaced pretty good."

The Carey, a Grade 3 race worth $150,000 carded for one mile on turf, drew a prospective field of 11, including a Justin Nixon-trained entry. Dynaman landed post 1, and his trainer seems more concerned about the race's distance being too short than the turnaround being too quick.

"The mile is a concern to me, but with the long stretch at Hawthorne and the speed in the race, I think he'll be all right," Miller said.

Galantas emerged from the Woodbine Mile with a soft-tissue injury, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday, but he has been back in steady training for some months now. He shows 33 furlongs worth of timed workouts at the Fair Hill training center since mid-August, and three of those drills were bullet breezes.

"Look, when they've been off for a year, you always worry about running a short horse, but he has a lot of miles in him, and I feel pretty good about where he's at," Motion said.

Jungle Fighter, part of the coupled entry with Media Play, also has a chance. He may be the controlling speed of the race and he turned in strong performances at Mountaineer Park in his two most recent grass starts.

Drop a Line back on grass

Motion also has horses Saturday for the Gold Cup (Better than Bonds) and the $100,000 Indian Maid, to which he has sent possible favorite Drop a Line. Drop a Line won the $100,000 Windward on the synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs last month and is 3-5 on all-weather tracks, compared to 1 for 6 on turf. However, Motion said he chose the Indian Maid, at 1 1/16 miles on grass, over another synthetic spot.

"It's definitely a question mark which surface she's better on," Motion said.

Motion conceded that Drop a Line had run poorly on a wet course when she finished third as the odds-on favorite in a Pimlico turf allowance race in May, but he gave Drop a Line an excuse for her fifth-place finish July 7 in a $200,000 Philadelphia Park stakes.

"She took a really terrible step at the three-eighths pole," Motion said.

Drop a Line is cozily drawn in post 2, but Ballymore Lady, who also figures to get betting support, is stuck on the outside of a nine-horse field. Ballymore Lady didn't seem to show her best on soft turf when last seen in the July 12 Modesty Handicap at Arlington, but her overall form fits well in the Indian Maid.

Ciao and Quiet Queen both have track-surface excuses for poor last-race performances. Two starts ago, Ciao was beaten less than four lengths in the Grade 1 Beverly D., and Quiet Queen won the $100,000 Lady Canterbury.

Barbette finished second in the Indian Maid last year.

Palanka City drops into Regal Rumor

Having faced some of the fastest 3-year-old fillies in the country in two Saratoga stakes, Palanka City takes a gigantic class drop into the $50,000 Regal Rumor, a six-furlong dirt race that starts Saturday's stakes sequence at Hawthorne.

Palanka City was fourth to Indian Blessing in the Grade 1 Test and more recently fourth to three nice horses - Porte Bonheur, Indyanne, and Informed Decision - in the Grade 3 Victory Ride. Back in the barn of trainer Terry Gestes now, she worked a bullet half-mile Sunday at Hawthorne and should be difficult to beat in the Regal Rumor.