06/10/2002 11:00PM

E Dubai returns in Brooklyn for Godolphin


ELMONT, N.Y. - E Dubai, who hasn't run since finishing second in the Super Derby last September, will be the 118-pound highweight in Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.

Street Cry, who like E Dubai is owned by Godolphin Stable, was assigned top weight of 122 pounds for the Brooklyn. Street Cry will run instead in Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

The Grade 2 Brooklyn, which must compete with the Foster and the $500,000 Californian at Hollywood Park on the same day, is not drawing any big-name stars. Macho Uno, Evening Attire, and Include, the top three finishers in the Massachusetts Handicap are all pointing to the $500,000 Suburban Handicap July 6. Congaree is going to the Foster and Milwaukee Brew to the Californian.

Others expected in the 1 1/8-mile Brooklyn are Free of Love (115), Graeme Hall (115), County Be Gold (113), Dayton Flyer (112), Griffinite (112), Runspastum (112), and Seeking Daylight (112). Bowman's Band (116), who worked at the Fair Hill training center on Tuesday, is a strong possibility.

Trainer Jim Bond said he is considering wheeling back Pleasant Breeze, an easy winner of an off-the-turf allowance race on Friday, in the Brooklyn.

Voodoo Dancer headed out of town

Voodoo Dancer, a scratch from the Just a Game on Belmont Stakes Day, worked a half-mile in 49.64 seconds over Belmont's main track on Tuesday.

Clement said there were too many factors working against Voodoo Dancer in the Just a Game, including her 122-pound weight assignment and her outside post.

Clement said Voodoo Dancer, a Grade 1 winner, is a candidate for the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill on June 22 or the $100,000-added New Castle Handicap at Delaware Park two days later. Whichever race Voodoo Dancer doesn't run in, Clement will run Calista.

Clement is preparing another one of his Grade 1 winners, England's Legend, for a return to racing.

England's Legend hasn't run since finishing 11th as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last October.

Clement said England's Legend had throat surgery in April. Clement said he feels confident that he will have her ready for the $250,000 New York Handicap on July 4.

England's Legend had her first work since the surgery last Wednesday and covered three furlongs over the Belmont turf in 37.66 seconds.

Puzzlement may go to Dwyer

Puzzlement, who was scratched two days before the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his hoof, is on the mend and could run in the $150,000 Dwyer on July 7.

Puzzlement's trainer, Allen Jerkens, said the abscess cleared up quickly. "When that happened to Wagon Limit it took three weeks," Jerkens said referring to one of his stakes runners from a few years ago.

Does Claiborne have another Lure?

After watching Patrol blitz an entry-level allowance field on turf Sunday, it was hard not to think back to Lure, the 1992-93 Breeders' Cup Mile winner campaigned in the same gold silks of Claiborne Farm.

Patrol sped to the front leaving the gate and opened up a 2 1/2-length lead after running a first quarter in 23.57 seconds. He ran his second quarter in 22.44 seconds while opening up eight on the field. Just when it looked like the field may have been closing in, Patrol kicked on again and ran his last five-sixteenths in 31.29 seconds to win by 3 1/4. He covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.13 over a good turf course. On May 11, he won his maiden by two lengths, running the same distance in 1:40.08 over firm ground.

As impressive as Patrol has been in his first two turf starts, trainer Bill Mott said the horse is still a work in progress.

"We need to figure out how to slow him down, he's a little bit too rank,'' Mott said. "He needs to be able to switch off. He was a bit geared up second time out. He's a little fiery; he's got that in him.''

Mott was uncertain where Patrol would run next. The $175,000 Arlington Classic, also run at 1 1/16 miles on June 29, would be a logical race.

Hill Prince preview in workouts

Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, there was a potential preview of this Saturday's $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes as Flying Dash and Smoked Em were completing workouts at the same time over Belmont's inner turf course.

Flying Dash, the likely favorite after victories in the Transylvania Stakes and Hawthorne Derby, was completing a seven-furlong work in company with Mister Approval. Under Joe Deegan, Flying Dash began two lengths behind Mister Approval and dropped back as many as four lengths before closing to catch his workmate by a neck. Flying Dash was timed in 1:29.25.

Meanwhile, Smoked Em was closing quickly on both horses, completing a half-mile workout in 49 seconds. Smoked Em, who defeated Magic Weisner in the Federico Tesio before finishing fifth in the Lone Star Derby, will be making his turf debut in the Hill Prince.

"I liked his breeze,'' trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He's out of an Irish River mare so the turf has been in the back our minds. This seemed like the right time to try it, and it may open some options for us down the road.''

Others pointing to the Hill Prince are Inesperado, Regal Sanction, Rum Splasher, Van Minister, and possibly Miesque's Approval.

- Lido Palace, preparing for the Grade 1 Suburban, worked six furlongs in 1:14.67 over Belmont's main track on Tuesday. Also working for the Suburban was Evening Attire, who covered a half-mile in 49.26 seconds.

- additional reporting by David Grening