11/08/2005 12:00AM

Extra race for King's Drama?

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
As a prep for the Japan Cup, King's Drama might run in the Red Smith.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In preparing King's Drama for the Japan Cup, run Nov. 27, trainer Bobby Frankel was going to take the conventional approach by working him this week and next.

That was until someone asked him if he was considering running King's Drama in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. The more he thought about it, the more Frankel thought it was a good idea. Thus, King's Drama is now likely to run in Saturday's Red Smith, scheduled for 1 3/8 miles on turf.

"Maybe I'll do that," Frankel said Tuesday morning, one day after King's Drama worked five furlongs in 1:02.54 on dirt. "That way I won't have to worry about breezing him over there. He's supposed to leave on [Tuesday]. I'll run him in the Red Smith, then put him on the plane three days later. That's a good idea."

If he runs, King's Drama most likely would be favored in the Red Smith. King's Drama has run only four times this year, winning the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga and an allowance race at Belmont earlier in the summer. After losing by a neck to Better Talk Now in the Grade 1 Man o' War, King's Drama shipped to Woodbine where he finished eighth in the Canadian International.

In that race, run over yielding turf, King's Drama was part of a strong early pace. Though the half-mile fraction was 49.64 seconds, Frankel noted that was quick for the type of ground the race was run on.

"He was on a very hot pace for that kind of ground," said Frankel, noting that the half-mile time for the E.P. Taylor on the same card was 51.02 seconds.

Frankel said Edgar Prado would ride King's Drama in the Red Smith. King's Drama was made the 122-pound highweight. Others expected to run include last year's one-two Red Smith finishers, Dreadnaught (117) and Certifiably Crazy (115), as well as Rochester (117), Navesink River (115), Request for Parole (115), Proud Man (114), Rousing Victory (114), and Potro Tell (113). Affirmative Action (112) is possible.

Frankel might run two in Cigar

Frankel is pointing both Badge of Silver and Mass Media to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 26. Both horses worked Monday at Belmont - Mass Media going five furlongs in 59.87 seconds and Badge of Silver drilling six furlongs in 1:13.14.

Mass Media, who won the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga, was supposed to have run in the Sport Page on Breeders' Cup Day at Belmont. But entries closed for that race before Frankel entered the horse, and he was excluded from the field.

Badge of Silver, who finished second in the Cigar Mile last year, has not run since June 18 when he finished sixth behind Saint Liam in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. Badge of Silver has been plagued by foot problems his entire career, but Frankel said they are not an issue at this time.

"Everything's 100 percent right now," Frankel said. "We got two works for him."

Others being mentioned as possible starters in the Cigar Mile are Lion Tamer, who won the race last year, Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Taste of Paradise, and Silver Wagon.

Silver Train off till next year

One horse who won't be running in the Cigar Mile - or any other race this year - is Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said Silver Train will shortly be sent to the Palm Meadows training center in south Florida and be pointed to a 4-year-old campaign that targets the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont in May.

"If he wins one race next year and it's the Met Mile, that would make everybody happy," Dutrow said. "That's all were interested in. I see him as being a Belmont specialist, and I want to have him ready for a couple of big races at Belmont."

Other stakes at Belmont that Dutrow might be interested in for Silver Train are the Tom Fool, a Grade 2 at seven furlongs and run usually in July, and the Grade 1 Vosburgh at six furlongs and run in October.

When asked if not running in the Cigar Mile could cost Silver Train a chance at the sprint championship, Dutrow said, "He don't belong getting sprinter of the year."

* On Saturday, trainer Christophe Clement had a horse lose in a stakes race by a neck when Olaya came up the rail to beat Spotlight in the Long Island. On Tuesday, it was Clement's turn to win a stakes when Joyful Chaos rallied up the rail under Javier Castellano and outkicked favored La Reina to win the $68,250 Glowing Tribute Stakes by a neck. Joyful Chaos, a son of Rahy owned by Lewis Schaffel, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.14 and paid $10 to win.