05/20/2008 11:00PM

Foreleg injury sidelines Panty Raid

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ELMONT, N.Y. - The multiple Grade 1 winner Panty Raid will be out of training until at least late summer with an injury to the suspensory ligament in her right foreleg, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday.

The problem was diagnosed on Monday, one day after Panty Raid worked four furlongs in 50.06 seconds over a soft Belmont Park turf course preparing for a scheduled start in Saturday's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont.

Pletcher said Panty Raid left his barn Wednesday morning and was going to be examined by Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Kentucky. Panty Raid will need at least 60 days off, Pletcher said. But, Pletcher added, if that's all the time she needs, then "it's still possible to have a fall campaign.''

Panty Raid won the Grade 1 American Oaks on turf at Hollywood Park last summer and the Grade 1 Spinster over Keeneland's Polytrack last fall. This year's Breeders' Cup will be run Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita, which also uses a synthetic surface.

In her only start this year, Panty Raid finished last as the favorite in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland.

Panty Raid, a daughter of Include, is owned by the Glencrest Farm. She has won 5 of 10 starts and $1,052,380.

Panty Raid is the second Grade 1 winner to drop out of the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay this week. Bit of Whimsy, who won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth last year at Keeneland, is bypassing the Sheepshead Bay to run in the Grade 1 Just a Game on June 7.

Though he won't have Panty Raid to run, Pletcher will still be represented in the Sheepshead Bay by J'Ray and Ochre. Others expected to run include Mauralakana, the highweight at 119 pounds; Flawless Treasure; and Rising Cross.

Mauralakana will likely go off favored. She has won 2 of 3 starts this year, including the Mairzy Doates Handicap at Calder on April 26.

Dream Rush will go in Vagrancy

Though she is entered in Saturday's $250,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park, the multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Dream Rush will instead run here in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap, trainer Rick Violette said Wednesday.

Violette said he entered Dream Rush in the My Juliet as insurance in case of bad weather or if the Vagrancy did not fill. But the weekend forecast for New York is good, and the racing office reports a likely field of five for the 6 1/2-furlong Vagrancy.

"We're going to run here,'' Violette said. "It's a racetrack she likes - she's doing great.''

Dream Rush is 3 for 4 at Belmont, including a victory in last year's Grade 1 Prioress. She also won the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga. Dream Rush has not run since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint over a sloppy Monmouth Park track. She was scheduled to run in the Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct on March 22, but came up with a hind leg injury while training in south Florida.

Violette said he canceled a scheduled blowout for Dream Rush on Wednesday because Aqueduct's main track was too wet.

"We'll just gallop her into the race,'' Violette said. "I've leaned on her pretty good. She's done well. It's time to get this show on the road.''

Dream Rush is the 120-pound highweight. Her Vagrancy opponents are scheduled to include Baroness Thatcher, Any Limit, Coco Belle, and Sangrita.

Giant Moon has scratched cornea

Giant Moon sustained a scratched cornea in his left eye after being hit by a clod of dirt while finishing eighth in the Preakness, trainer Richard Schosberg said Wednesday.

"He scratched his cornea pretty good," Schosberg said. "Other than that he seems to be all right. He must've caught one going into the turn, because he lost a lot of position. He dropped the bit suddenly and I thought he was going to be last, but then he started to run a little bit late."

Schosberg said Giant Moon won't go back to the track until the eye is completely healed. Schosberg said he has no particular race in mind for Giant Moon's next start, but did say he would like to try him on the turf at some point.

Pays to Dream targets Manhattan

Pays to Dream, upset winner of the Dixie Stakes last Saturday at Pimlico, will likely make his next start in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap here on Belmont Stakes Day, trainer David Donk said.

Pays to Dream, a New York-bred son of High Yield, romped to a 7 1/2-length victory in the Dixie. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.74 over a soft turf course labeled "good" and earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest number earned on turf by any horse this year.

"I know he ran a big number, but he seems to have come out of it well, so I'm certainly leaning in that direction," Donk said of the Manhattan.

Donk said he was surprised by the way Pays to Dream won the Dixie, considering the slow pace and the softness of the turf. The Dixie was the first graded stakes victory for Pays to Dream, who finished seventh in the Fort Marcy at Aqueduct on April 27.

"I thought that he would be a nice horse; I was disappointed how I prepared him for the Fort Marcy," Donk said. "As it turned out, Cornelio [Velasquez] jumped off and he wasn't negative after the race. He just said he needed one, and I guess he was right."

* Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez has moved his tack from Calder to Belmont Park. Sanchez, who rode Delightful Kisses to victory in last year's Ohio Derby and Iowa Derby, is being represented by agent Steve Adika.