Updated on 09/15/2011 12:48PM

Even in allowance ranks, Trippi can't win


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trippi is not the same horse he used to be.

A multiple graded-stakes winner as a 3-year-old last season, Trippi lost for the fourth time this year and fifth straight overall as he finished third in a classified allowance race at Saratoga on Saturday. After pressing a moderate early pace, Trippi had little punch for the stretch drive and was beaten one-half length by Big E E. Bet Me Best finished second.

Trippi was making his first start in allowance company since Feb. 19, 2000, when he cleared his preliminary allowance condition at Gulfstream. In between, he ran in 11 graded stakes, winning four, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh last Sept. 23. That was his last victory.

"``The stuff that was there last year is not there this year,' jockey Jerry Bailey said. "He's a little older. He just didn't have that same turn of foot around the turn and that's where he beat a lot of his horses - on that turn.'

Although plagued with foot problems this year, Trippi's connections came into the race feeling those problems were under control. Trippi was making his first start since a sixth-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap.

"I remember saying it at the time, 'Boy, we didn't need this,' when he grabbed his quarter at Gulfstream,' trainer Todd Pletcher said. 'I thought we had his feet in great shape. For these kinds of horses, they didn't run that fast. I can't make much of an excuse. I'll give it a few days see how he comes out of it, get with [owner Cot] Campbell and see what our next step is.'

Meanwhile, Big E E won for the first time since last Sept. 10, when he took a third-level allowance race at Belmont Park. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had to stop on him after he developed a soft tissue ankle injury following a fourth-place finish to Fusaichi Pegasus in the Jerome Handicap. He had finished fourth in two allowance races this year.

Jerkens said he would consider running Big E E, who won the Grade 3 Withers in May 2000, back in the Grade 1 Forego here on Sept. 1.

"It's hard on him. He's been a bleeder for a long time,' said Jerkens, who also won Saturday's fifth with Iron Chancellor ($20). "When they run real hard you got to give them a little longer to recover. But we won't rule out the Forego.'

Big E E covered six furlongs in 1:09.54 and returned $9.50.

A flurry of stakes for Frankel's horses

Trainer Bobby Frankel will be a busy man the next two weeks at Saratoga. Beginning with Monday's Adirondack Stakes, Frankel will have runners in five stakes here over the next two weeks.

This week, Frankel will run You in the Adirondack, Flute in Saturday's Alabama, and Aptitude in Sunday's Saratoga Breeders' Cup. The following Saturday, Frankel will have Harrisand in the Travers and Squirtle Squirt in the King's Bishop.

Saturday, Frankel sent three of his runners out for workouts led by Flute, the Kentucky Oaks winner, who breezed six furlongs in 1:13.65 over Saratoga's main track. Harrisand, who will make his dirt debut in the Travers, covered the same distance in 1:12.02, the fastest of four moves at the distance. You, a recent Frankel acquisition, blew out three furlongs in 38.02 seconds.

For Flute, it was her first breeze since winning a second-level allowance race here on July 27. Frankel said he was glad to have gotten that race in so he didn't have to train Flute as hard for the 10-furlong Alabama.

"Otherwise I would have had to breeze her seven-eighths or a couple of three-quarters,' Frankel said. "Here, you have to worry about the weather. In California we don't get in trouble with bad weather. She went very comfortably.'

Edgar Prado will ride Flute, although Anna Hollander was aboard for the work. Prado did work Harrisand, who has won three of six starts on turf. Frankel let Prado test drive Harrisand and it seems like Prado liked what he felt. He will ride the horse in the Travers.

"He handled the track very well,' Prado said. "It was a good move. He galloped out real well, too.'

Frankel sent You out for a three-furlong move in preparation for Monday's Adirondack. Frankel's owner, Edmund Gann, purchased You privately after her second start when she finished second behind Cashier's Dream. Cashier's Dream went on to win the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill and is the one to beat in the Adirondack.

* Jorge Chavez, who bruised his right knee during the post parade of Friday's first race, took off his four scheduled mounts on Saturday. He also was forced to give up his ride aboard Thunder Blitz in Saturday night's West Virginia Derby. Chavez was hopeful to return Sunday, but had to receive doctor's clearance first.

* Real Cozzy, runner-up to Fleet Renee in the Mother Goose, drilled six furlongs in 1:13.86 over the Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Alabama. She was clocked in fractions of 13 seconds, 25, 37 and 48.80.