06/29/2007 12:00AM

Familiar rivals tune up for Dwyer


ELMONT, N.Y. - Nobiz Like Shobiz and Any Given Saturday completed preparations for their meeting in Wednesday's $150,00 Dwyer Stakes by putting in workouts over Belmont Park's main track on Friday morning.

Any Given Saturday, who finished two spots behind Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Wood Memorial and two spots ahead of him in the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in 47.63 seconds. It was the fastest of 31 works at the distance.

"He went well,'' trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He's training as good as ever.''

After losing the Tampa Bay Derby by a nose to Street Sense, Any Given Saturday finished third behind Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Wood Memorial before running eighth in the Kentucky Derby. Two days after the Derby, Any Given Saturday came up with a bruised foot. He has been working regularly since May 27.

Nobiz Like Shobiz, who finished 10th in the Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:01.21 under jockey Cornelio Velasquez. In the Dwyer, Nobiz Like Shobiz will be cutting back from the 1 1/4 miles of the Derby to a one-turn, 1 1/16-mile race. Nobiz Like Shobiz is 2 for 3 around one turn, with his one loss coming by three-quarters of a length to Scat Daddy in the Grade 1 Champagne.

"His best figures are going a flat mile,'' trainer Barclay Tagg said. "He's bred to go all day. I'm not sure he's built to go all day.''

Entries were to be taken and post positions drawn for the Dwyer on Saturday. In addition to Nobiz Like Shobiz and Any Given Saturday, the field is expected to include Wood Memorial runner-up Sightseeing, and Helsinki, a winner of two straight races. Trainer Bobby Frankel said he would enter First Defence and evaluate the field before deciding whether to run here or in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 14. Other possible Dwyer starters include Believeinmenow and Mint Slewlep.

Pletcher said King of the Roxy would not run in the Dwyer but instead be pointed to the $300,000 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park on July 15.

According to Plan impressive in debut

Tagg has friends in high places and on Friday he demonstrated he knows how to make a good first impression.

Tagg sent out the 2-year-old filly According to Plan to a 4 1/4-length debut victory in a five-furlong maiden race. Under Cornelio Velasquez, According to Plan ran five furlongs in 56.21 seconds. The track record is 55.75 seconds set by Kelly Kip 11 years ago.

According to Plan is owned by North Shore Racing, a partnership headed by Alan Quartucci that includes New York Racing Association chairman Steven Duncker and NYRA president Charlie Hayward as well as restaurateur Danny Meyer, who owns the Manhattan staple Union Square Cafe.

"I really deep down thought she'd run well, but I'm conservative enough and been in this game long enough not to bet on it,'' Tagg said. "Whenever a 2-year-old gave me a good feeling in the morning it usually worked out in the afternoon. Sometimes you'll conjure up your own good feelings because they haven't done anything wrong, but some of them just show you a little class.''

Quartucci, who heads North Shore Bloodstock, said this partnership has six 2-year-olds dispersed among several trainers.

Look for According to Plan to run back in the Schuylerville, the opening day stakes at Saratoga July 25.

Commentator heads Tom Fool

While the Dwyer will get top billing on Wednesday's July 4 card, the Grade 2, $200,000 Tom Fool is shaping up a competitive race as well.

Commentator, who made a smashing 6-year-old debut winning a restricted stakes by 11 1/4 lengths last month, heads the list of probables for the seven-furlong race. Commentator, a New York-bred son of Distorted Humor, has won 9 of 12 starts, including the Grade 1 Whitney in 2005.

Commentator came off a near nine-month layoff to take the Richmond Runner Stakes on May 28, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.69 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109.

Among his challengers will be High Finance, who won a third-level allowance race on May 27, running a mile in 1:33.54 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 115.

Trainer Rick Violette had thought about running High Finance in the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on June 23, but wanted to give his colt more time to recover from his fast race. On Monday, High Finance worked an easy half-mile in 48.40 seconds at Aqueduct.

"We gave him a few easy weeks because he just ran off the screen,'' Violette said. "I wouldn't even mind another couple of weeks to the Tom Fool. He's doing well. The work the other day was great, he didn't need to do any more.''

Others pointing to the Tom Fool are Saint Anddan, Will He Shine, and either Songster or Rondo from the Godolphin stable.

Lear's Princess tops Tweedside

Lear's Princess, who rallied from 14 lengths back to win a first-level turf allowance on May 24, heads a competitive eight-horse field entered in Sunday's $65,000 Tweedside, an overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Lear's Princess won her debut over Keeneland's Polytrack before displaying an awesome turn of foot in her allowance win despite a moderate early pace. Garrett Gomez rides Lear's Princess from post 2.

Christie's Treasure, one of two Pletcher-trained fillies in the field, returns to turf after running fourth in the Woodbine Oaks on the Polytrack.

"She didn't run too bad," said Pletcher. "She got too far back and made a decent late run. She's better on the turf.''

Pletcher supplemented My Golden Quest to the field.

Unspoken Word could be dangerous as the main speed in the field. She recently ran third to Makderah in a second-level allowance race. Makderah came back to win the Grade 2 New York Stakes. Prior to that, Unspoken Word finished fourth behind Rutherienne and Silence Dogood, who both won their next start.

Badgett wins first race since 2004

Trainer Billy Badgett returned to the winner's circle on Friday when Out of Gwedda ($9.60) won a very salty second-level allowance race over Leo, part of the 2-5 favored Godolphin entry along with a disappointing Minefield, who finished fourth.

For Badgett, who resumed his training career last month after a 2o1/2-year hiatus as a bloodstock advisor, it was his first winner since Fusionista won a maiden claiming race at Monmouth Park on July 31, 2004. His last New York winner was Storm Stream, who won a maiden race on May 7, 2004.

* The Roundhouse, who rallied from eight lengths back to win a five-furlong maiden race at Monmouth on June 15, worked four furlongs in 47.96 seconds Friday at Belmont. A 2-year-old half-brother to Circular Quay by Fusaichi Pegasus, The Roundhouse is pointing to the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga uly 26.