10/17/2004 11:00PM

Dynever gets a head start

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Jose Amy rides Julia's Signal in Sunday's fourth race, his first mount since he was banned in 1980.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mother Nature has forced trainer Christophe Clement to change shipping plans for Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Dynever.

With an extended period of rain in the forecast, Clement decided to ship Dynever to Texas on Tuesday, making him among the first to arrive for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be held Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park. Clement was originally planning to ship to Texas next Sunday.

Dynever will be on a plane that will also transport Wonder Again and Afleet Alex from New York to Texas. The plane will also stop in Kentucky and pick up Cup contenders Roses in May and Kitten's Joy.

Clement said he doesn't let Dynever do more than jog on a wet track. Clement feels that if he kept Dynever in New York this week, the colt wouldn't get enough out of his training to be a factor in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race in which Dynever finished third last year.

"I'm worried about losing too many days of training,'' Clement said Monday morning in his Belmont Park office. "If I keep him in New York, I can't train. My only chance is to go [Tuesday]. For a race like this, everything's got to be perfect. He's got to work well, he's got to ship well, otherwise you don't run.''

Before shipping, Dynever worked four furlongs in 48.12 seconds over Belmont Park's main track. Dynever is coming off a good second-place finish behind Balto Star in the Meadowlands Cup on Oct. 3. That was Dynever's first start since finishing sixth in the Suburban Handicap on July 3.

Dynever, winner of last year's Lone Star Derby, will be one of the few horses running in the Breeders' Cup with a win at the Texas track.

Rose keeps mount on Afleet Alex

Though the connections of Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Afleet Alex did contemplate a change, jockey Jeremy Rose will retain the mount aboard the Hopeful winner in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Afleet Alex suffered his first career defeat when second to Proud Accolade in the Champagne. Rose blamed himself for the defeat, saying he allowed the horse to get stuck down along the inside. In the Hopeful, Rose hit Afleet Alex four times left-handed and the horse ducked out severely in the stretch, before recovering to win the race by a neck.

"He has my utmost confidence,'' trainer Tim Ritchey said Monday.

Ritchey was scheduled to van Afleet Alex to Long Island from Delaware Park on Monday for the flight to Texas. Ritchey believes it's important to give his horse some time to get acclimated to a different environment.

"I just want to get him used to the track and the atmosphere,'' Ritchey said. "We're getting a lot of cold weather here and it makes a difference.''

Trainer Nick Zito is making a rider change aboard his Juvenile prospect, Sun King, who finished third in the Champagne. Edgar Prado will replace Javier Castellano.

A plane will take five of Zito's horses - including Cup starters Birdstone, In the Gold, and Sun King - to Texas from Albany, N.Y., on Saturday. Those horses are stabled at Saratoga.

Proud Accolade fires Juvenile bullet

Unbeaten Champagne winner Proud Accolade worked five furlongs in 59.98 seconds Monday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for the Juvenile. It was the fastest of 48 works at the distance.

Proud Accolade, under Judy Krawjewski, started about two lengths behind stablemate Maillol, an unraced 2-year-old, and finished about a length in front at the wire. Krawjewski threw two solid crosses with the reins at Proud Accolade in the stretch and he galloped out strongly.

"The horse has come out of the Champagne really, really well,'' trainer Todd Pletcher said. "It was a good breeze this morning. We'll keep our fingers crossed that everything continues to go smoothly.''

Pletcher worked five of his Breeders' Cup starters Sunday and Monday. On Monday, Balto Star, who was pre-entered for the Turf and Mile, worked five furlongs in 1:00.05 over the main track.

Sunday, Distaff contender Ashado worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00.62 in company with Harlington, an unraced 2-year-old out of Serena's Song. Also Sunday, possible Sprint favorite Speightstown worked five furlongs in 1:01.72 in company with West Virginia, one of the choices for Saturday's Empire Classic at Belmont.

Newfoundland, prepping for the Classic, worked five furlongs in an easy 1:02.47.

Rebuttal to skip Juvenile

Owner Peter Minikes said Monday that Rebuttal would not ship in from Europe for the Juvenile.

Last week, Minikes said his trainer, Brian Meehan, was excited about the prospect of running Rebuttal in the Juvenile despite the fact he has never raced beyond six furlongs or on dirt. According to Minikes, Meehan's enthusiasm waned over the weekend, and the decision was made to stop on him for the year.

"We came to our senses - he's done enough this year,'' Minikes said. "Like I've said before, you're asking a lot for a horse to come from Europe and go to Texas. We're going to point for a European campaign early in the year and bring him over later in the year.''

Another sharp move for Ghostzapper

Ghostzapper, the Woodward winner, drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.65 under jockey Javier Castellano on Monday at Belmont. He galloped out very strongly into and around the clubhouse turn.

"[Castellano] loved the way he worked,'' trainer Bobby Frankel said. "I'm happy with him.''

Frankel's two BC Sprint contenders worked on Sunday. Midas Eyes went five furlongs in 59.16 seconds, a fast move considering the track was rather dull. Cajun Beat covered the same distance in 1:01.26.

The track on Sunday had some moisture left in it from rain Friday and Saturday.

"Maybe that's what he wants, a little drying-out racetrack, a little heavier track,'' Frankel said. "He's not that great a workhorse.''

Frankel said Cajun Beat's work was a bit slower because he worked by himself and without blinkers. Frankel said he would put Cajun Beat in company and equip him with blinkers for his final work next Sunday.

Amy's emotional return

It mattered little to Jose Amy that he finished eighth in Sunday's fourth race aboard 44-1 shot Julia's Signal. Just to finish riding a race was victory enough for him.

Amy's ride aboard Julia's Signal was his first since 1980. He had been banned from riding ever since then for admitting that he helped fix races in the mid-1970's. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board lifted Amy's ban last month.

About 40 family members and friends cheered wildly as Amy entered the paddock before the fourth race. Many of those people flew in from Puerto Rico to see him ride.

"It was the most emotional day in my life,'' Amy said. "I got so many people behind me. What really felt good was to dress as a jockey.''

Amy has worked as an exercise rider the past few years for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. Amy, 51, said he will stay with Jerkens until the end of the month, but then he has to start free-lancing more in an attempt to pick up his business. Amy's goal is to ride regularly during Aqueduct's winter meet.

"I wanted it to happen just the way it happened [Sunday],'' Amy said. "I know I'm going to ride some winners in the winter.''

Balletto confirmed for Juvenile Fillies

Balletto, the Frizette winner, was confirmed as a starter for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, trainer Tom Albertrani said Monday afternoon.

While Balletto was expected to run, Albertrani said he couldn't proclaim her a definite starter until he heard from Sheikh Mohammed, which he did on Monday.

Jerry Bailey will ride Balletto.