02/01/2008 12:00AM

Forward Gal next for Bsharpsonata


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - After winning the Selima Stakes and Tropical Park Oaks around two turns on grass in her last two starts, it was surprising to see Bsharpsonata's name among the nominees for next Sunday's Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes on the Gulfstream Park main track. And it's even more surprising to learn trainer Tim Salzman intends on running the 3-year-old filly in the seven-furlong Forward Gal.

Bsharpsonata tuned up for the Forward Gal by working a half-mile in 47.00 seconds over the main track here Friday. The move was the fastest of 29 at the distance.

"There really weren't any races for her on the turf other than one in Louisiana," said trainer John Salzman, Tim's father, who is deputizing for his son during Bsharpsonata's stay in south Florida. "And the people who own her feel she'll be worth more and have more opportunities if she proves she can compete with graded stakes company on the dirt."

Bsharpsonata has already won twice over dirt, taking both her maiden and the Irish Sonnet overnight stakes over the main track at Delaware Park at 2.

"She's got a lot of speed if you want to use it, and you can do about anything with her, so I don't think shortening her up to seven furlongs will be a problem," Salzman said. "She's been working awfully well since she won the Oaks over at Calder, and if she handles the dirt she'll handle the distance."

Salzman, who has been in the area looking after Bsharpsonata since early December, is no stranger to handling good horses. He also campaigned Xtra Heat, the 2001 3-year-old filly champion.

Delightful Kiss back in training

Delightful Kiss, winner of the Grade 2 Ohio Derby last year at 3, returned to trainer Pete Anderson's barn and resumed training this week at Calder.

Delightful Kiss, a homebred son of Kissin Kris owned by Hobeau Farm, also captured the Iowa Derby and was third behind Street Sense in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby in 2007. He has not started since finishing fifth in the West Virginia Derby on Aug. 4.

"He ran hard last year, then developed a minor problem following the West Virginia Derby, so we sent him back to Hobeau Farm and turned him out for a few months to freshen him up," said Anderson. "It will probably take me about four months to get him ready to run again. It's way too far off to start thinking about any specific races, although I guess if I could pinpoint something it would be to run him once at Calder and then try to make the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June."

Bordeaux Bandit tunes up for allowance

Bordeaux Bandit, an impressive 5 1/2-length maiden winner going a mile here earlier in the meet, worked four furlongs in 49.40 at Palm Meadows on Friday. Bordeaux Bandit, Noble Causeway's baby brother, earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his maiden victory.

"He worked well this morning," said trainer Nick Zito. "Now I need to get a high-powered allowance race for him, preferably at a mile."

Desormeaux collects four more wins

Jockey Kent Desormeaux and trainer Bill Mott continue to be red hot. The pair combined for two more winners on Friday's card, taking the third race with Hot Table and the fifth with Celestial Comet. Both wins came at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Desormeaux won four races on the day, also winning aboard the 2007 Hutcheson runner-up Bold Start in an optional claiming race on the main track and on Kohana in the ninth race, a seven-furlong sprint for maidens.

Desormeaux, who also recorded three wins on Monday and a pair Thursday, has now taken over third in the standings behind John Velazquez and Eibar Coa.

Fast times on main track

The main track remains lightning fast. Bold Start ran seven furlongs in 1:21.39, just .28 of a second off the track record, en route to his victory. Earlier in the day, Sleuse, a 2-year-old son of Grand Slam making his second start, covered the same distance in 1:21.77 to register an easy maiden win.

In the seventh race, Big Dealer came within .09 of a second of the 5 1/2-furlong course record of 1:03.03 upsetting a mid-priced claiming sprint.

Tiz It okay following gate incident

Tiz It, the 4-5 favorite as a field of maidens entered the gate for Friday's fourth race, had to be scratched along with West Express after the pair broke loose while being loaded.

"He appears to have come out of it all right," said trainer John Terranova II shortly after the outriders caught Tiz It. "I guess he was just too keyed up for the race. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of races for 3-year-olds this time of year and not a lot of places to get rolling."

Tiz It had finished second in his first two starts before tiring badly after contesting the pace in the Hutcheson Stakes.