05/22/2002 11:00PM

E Dubai not in shape for Met Mile


ELMONT, N.Y. - Despite working a solid seven furlongs Thursday morning at Belmont Park, E Dubai will skip Monday's $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap, his connections confirmed Thursday.

E Dubai, a 4-year-old son of Mr. Prospector who won the Dwyer here last summer, has not run since finishing second as the 1-2 favorite in last September's Grade 1 Super Derby, and he missed a couple of workouts earlier this spring. Moreover, the Metropolitan Handicap is coming up a brutally tough race.

Thursday, with Jerry Bailey up, E Dubai worked seven furlongs in 1:24.91, the fastest of four moves at the distance. He got his last half-mile in 46.21 seconds. While Tom Albertrani, the Godolphin assistant who supervises the New York string, was pleased with the move, he doesn't think E Dubai is ready for a test like the Met Mile.

"I would have liked to have gotten a couple of more works into him before he ran in that type of race," Albertrani said. "It would have been a tough spot to run him first time in eight months. I'd like to target him for the Whitney and work backwards from there." The Whitney Handicap is run at Saratoga on Aug. 3.

Albertrani has a pleasant problem in that he has Street Cry, the Dubai World Cup winner, and E Dubai for the same races. Street Cry, who breezed seven furlongs in 1:25.25 in company with Expect, is being pointed to the Brooklyn Handicap on June 15.

As of Thursday, the Met Mile field remained at 11: Left Bank, Affirmed Success, Swept Overboard, Burning Roma, Grey Memo, Redattore, Wake at Noon, Aldebaran, Crafty C. T., D'wildcat, and Voodoo.

Frankel buys another one

Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bobby Frankel welcomed a new addition to his Belmont barn Thursday morning with the arrival of Drippingindiamonds, an undefeated 3-year-old filly.

Frankel purchased the filly Wednesday from owner Greg James on behalf of Charles and Audrey Kenis, who race under the name of Three Plus U Stable. Frankel said he is pointing Drippingindiamonds to the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont on July 6. The filly was previously trained by Jason Cook.

A daughter of Pembroke, Drippingindiamonds won her first two starts at Turfway Park by a combined 12 3/4 lengths. She won a second-level allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 3 by 4 1/2 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

"She's won three, and she's won them all easy," Frankel said. He said that Kent Desormeaux, who rode her in her last race, "said she's really nice. She's bred like a sprinter. She's running in the Prioress."

Frankel's other 3-year-old filly, You, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.45 Thursday morning in preparation for the Acorn.

Lido Palace on target for Suburban

Lido Palace, unraced since finishing fourth in the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.45 Thursday morning at Belmont. After the breeze, Frankel said the horse would most likely make his return to the races in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap on July 6.

"He's doing fine. I should be able to make the Suburban with him," Frankel said. "I can get him ready."

Lido Palace finished second to Albert the Great in last year's Suburban before beating that rival in both the Whitney and Woodward. Lido Palace capped his 5-year-old season with an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt.

Hushion perfect on the day

Trainer Mike Hushion won with all three of his runners Thursday, sweeping the first three races on the card. Hushion is now 5-0-2 from eight starters at the meet.

Hushion won both divisions of a maiden special weight race for New York-bred fillies and mares with Don't Worry ($26.20) in the opener and first-time starter Sparkling Ava ($5) in the third. Barry Schwartz, chairman of the New York Racing Association, owned both horses. In between, Hushion won a $50,000 claiming race with Luke Hill ($14.80) for Eugene and Laura Melnyk.

All three horses were ridden by different riders.

Don't Worry was well beaten in both of her first two starts. "Anybody who watched her first two races and saw how terribly she took dirt in her face had to like her chances with an outside post," Hushion said. "It was a logical drop for Luke Hill, and this horse," Hushion said, referring to Sparkling Ava, "had shown a little something in the morning.

"We went with three horses we thought had good chances, and once in a while you roll snake eyes," Hushion added.

Say Florida Sandy in quality allowance

Say Florida Sandy, the richest New York-bred in history, tops a strong field entered Saturday in a six-furlong classified allowance race. It is the first time Say Florida Sandy has run in an allowance race since Nov. 29, 2000, a span of 20 starts.

"Left Bank's not in the allowance race, right?" John Rotella, the owner of Say Florida Sandy quipped, referring to the horse who defeated Say Florida Sandy in the Bold Ruler Handicap on May 11. "We just wanted to give him a shot to win. We look forward to him running real well."

The last time Say Florida Sandy ran in allowance company, he was defeated by Lake Pontchartrain, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. Saturday, Dutrow has the coupled entry of Late Carson and Appealing Danger in the field. Late Carson is coming off a fourth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Damtrius Stakes at Delaware Park, while Appealing Danger has not been out since last Aug. 27 when he finished second in allowance company at Saratoga.

Cherokee Beau, Marshall Greeley, and Shadow Caster add to the contentiousness of the field.

* Flying Dash, winner of the Transylvania Stakes and Hawthorne Derby, worked six furlongs in 1:15.91 over Belmont's turf course Thursday morning. He will most likely make his next start in the $250,000 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs on June 8.