Updated on 09/15/2011 1:54PM

Fleet Renee breezes for next start, the Gazelle


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Fleet Renee, who scratched out of the Aug. 18 Grade 1 Alabama the day before the race, will make her next start in the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 8, trainer Michael Dickinson said Saturday.

Fleet Renee, who owns Grade 1 wins in the Ashland and Mother Goose, breezed five furlongs in 1:07 Saturday morning at Dickinson's Tapeta Farm near Chesapeake, Md.

Saturday's workout was conducted over Tapeta's all-weather surface, which rises 10 feet per furlong, according to Dickinson. Regular exercise rider Lisa Tenney was aboard for the work, which Dickinson described as "nicely in hand."

Fleet Renee was to meet Flute - to whom she finished fourth in the Kentucky Oaks - in the Alabama. But Dickinson scratched without giving a reason. Owner Verne Winchell said that there was a slight injury, but nothing serious.

Dickinson said "we uncovered a tiny little glitch" before the Alabama, but didn't elaborate, saying "it was no big deal.

"There was nothing specifically wrong with her before the Alabama," Dickinson said. "She didn't miss any training, but she wasn't on top of her game. We felt going in she would run a Beyer Speed Figure of 95, which is what Flute normally runs. But she wouldn't have run a Beyer of 104, which Fleet Renee ran in the Mother Goose."

Flute won the Alabama by 4 3/4 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 106.

Dickinson said the Gazelle would be the last race for Fleet Renee before the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont on Oct. 27.

"We think she's as good as she was in the Mother Goose and might be better," Dickinson said.

Stevens picks up Macho Uno

Gary Stevens will ride Macho Uno when he makes his next start in the $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 3, trainer Joe Orseno said Saturday.

Stevens will replace Jerry Bailey, who has elected to stay in Saratoga that day, closing day, in part because he's engaged in a close race for the jockey's title with John Velazquez. Also, Bailey is scheduled to ride Penny's Gold in the $500,000, Grade 2 Diana Handicap that day.

Bailey rode Macho Uno, last year's 2-year-old champion, to victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was also aboard when Macho Uno made his 3-year-old debut, finishing second in a July 25 allowance race here.

"I'm happy to have Gary, but I'm a little disappointed with Jerry's decision to stay here just to be leading rider," Orseno said. "At least he didn't hang me up and gave me enough time to find somebody else. We're happy with Gary. He's inherited two of the best horses in my barn and two of the best horses in the country."

Stevens was able to ride Macho Uno after trainer Elliott Walden let him out of a commitment to ride a horse in the Del Mar Derby that same day.

Earlier this week, Stevens was named to ride Red Bullet in the $500,000, Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. Bailey, the regular rider of 2000 Preakness winner Red Bullet, will ride Lido Palace in the Woodward.

On Sunday, Macho Uno, Red Bullet and 14 other Orseno-trained horses were scheduled to ship down to Belmont from Saratoga.

Ward: No regrets missing Travers

Three of the four horses that ran in all three Triple Crown races participated in Saturday's Travers Stakes. The other, Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, stood in his Saratoga stall on the Oklahoma side of the track.

"I'll put a TV in front of his stall and let him watch his competition," trainer John Ward quipped before the race.

Monarchos has been recovering from a hairline fracture to his right knee, which was diagnosed shortly after his third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes. Ward said he had no regrets missing the Travers.

"None whatsoever," Ward said. "I look forward to the handicap division of next year. This race," Ward said of the Travers, "is going to take a few horses out of the handicap division next year."

Ward said Monarchos was X-rayed on Thursday and the results were encouraging. Ward is pointing Monarchos to a return early in January at Gulfstream.

"On X-ray you can barely see it if you can see it at all," Ward said. "In your mind, you know it's still new bone that is being laid down there so my tendency is to be very conservative."

Monarchos spent the summer being hand-walked two hours every morning. Monarchos, along with the rest of Ward's stable, will ship to Keeneland at the conclusion of this meet. He will begin walking under tack when he gets there.

Ward also reported that Beautiful Pleasure came out of her second-place finish in Friday's Personal Ensign Handicap in good order and will be pointed to the $750,000 Beldame at Belmont on Oct. 6.

Although she drifted extremely wide turning for home, Ward was just happy to see Beautiful Pleasure display her old competitive spirit.

"She had gotten a clear advantage on the turn, which she gave back coming out of the turn," Ward said. "Good thing was, she was fighting on to the wire. It was a lot better effort than a lot of people thought she was going to give."

* Albert the Great, the Whitney Handicap runner-up who is being pointed to the Woodward on Sept. 8, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.25 over Saratoga's main track Saturday. Norberto Arroyo was up for the move. Jorge Chavez, the colt's regular rider, will work the horse next weekend, trainer Nick Zito said.