Updated on 09/16/2011 7:28AM

Evening Attire appears primed for Mass Cap

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Evening Attire signaled his readiness for Saturday's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap on Monday by drilling five furlongs in 59.07 seconds over Belmont Park's main track. It was the fastest of 17 works at the distance by 1.70 seconds.

"We're getting close, we need to be ready to go," trainer Pat Kelly said of the fast move.

Evening Attire had a three-race winning streak snapped when he finished fourth in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap on April 6. He was returning from an 11-week layoff and was extremely sharp, uncharacteristically setting the pace before weakening in the stretch.

Kelly had hoped to run Evening Attire in the Pimlico Special before management at that track canceled that race. Fortunately, Kelly was able to run Evening Attire in an off-the-turf allowance race at Aqueduct on May 2, a race he won by 10 lengths from off the pace.

"He seems to do well with a race a month," Kelly said. "It was important once the Special was canceled."

Kelly said he would most likely ship Evening Attire to East Boston on Thursday, in order to get one day of galloping over the Suffolk Downs main track.

Sunday at Belmont, Macho Uno worked four furlongs in 49.40 seconds while Mongoose, working at Saratoga, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.45.

Post positions for the Mass Cap will be drawn Wednesday. The definites, with riders and weight assignments, are: Include (Jerry Bailey, 120), Macho Uno (Gary Stevens, 117), Mongoose (Edgar Prado, 116), Evening Attire (Shaun Bridgmohan, 114), and John Little (Norberto Arroyo Jr., 112). Possible starters include Compelling World (110), Soes Bandit (110), and Special Terms (109).

Buddha begins Dwyer preparations

Buddha, the Wood Memorial winner who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby on the eve of the race with a bruised foot, worked four furlongs in 49.89 seconds Sunday morning over Saratoga's training track. It was his first work since the injury, and was the fastest of six at the distance.

Buddha went back to the track Monday morning, and galloped a mile, confirming to trainer James Bond that the injury is behind his horse. "It looks really good today," Bond said. "He went very easily, well within himself."

Bond said he is pointing Buddha to the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes on July 7.

Pletcher readies bevy of stakes runners

The first two weeks of June will be quite busy for trainer Todd Pletcher, who on Sunday readied a number of horses for upcoming stakes engagements.

Tweedside, last year's Coaching Club American Oaks winner who will run in Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont, worked five furlongs in 1:02.95. Tweedside is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland, where she tired after setting the early pace.

"I thought she ran a good race," Pletcher said. "I don't think she wants to be on the lead. She's better off when she's got someone to track."

On June 6, Pletcher will send out La Violette in the Fashion Stakes for juvenile fillies. The following day, Pletcher will run both Windsor Lodge and Mason City in the Flash for 2-year-old colts.

Pletcher's top 3-year-old, Warners, worked five furlongs in 1:02.65 Sunday, and will run in the $150,000 Riva Ridge Stakes on June 8.

Invisible Ink, last year's Kentucky Derby runner-up, drilled six furlongs in 1:12.05 in preparation for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 15. Graeme Hall, prepping for the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap the same day, worked five furlongs 1:01.29.