Updated on 09/17/2011 10:35AM

Frankel changes his mind

Bobby Frankel hopes to work Empire Maker six furlongs on dirt next Sunday at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y - Bobby Frankel's decision to work Empire Maker on a yielding Belmont turf course Sunday rather than ship to Monmouth Park for Monday's Jersey Derby looked even smarter Monday morning when Mother Nature dumped more than an inch of rain on the Northeast, creating extremely sloppy conditions at Monmouth and Belmont Park.

So, instead of getting on a van Monday, Empire Maker simply walked his shed row one day after working five furlongs in 1:02.61.

Equipped with blinkers and with regular rider Jerry Bailey up, Empire Maker worked in company with stablemate Midas Eyes, winner of the Swale Stakes and Derby Trial. Empire Maker broke off about two lengths behind Midas Eyes, under Javier Castellano, came through on the inside of Midas Eyes turning for home, and finished strongly while completing his move about two lengths in front of Midas Eyes. Empire Maker got his last eighth in 11.81 seconds. Midas Eyes was credited with five furlongs in 1:03.45. Midas Eyes is being pointed to the Riva Ridge Stakes on Belmont Day.

Traffic cones, or dogs, were up on the turf course, forcing the workers at least 18 feet off the hedge.

"I thought it was a very good move, but it didn't surprise me; he's got a lot of grass pedigree,' Bailey said. "If they handle it well, which he did, it's easier on them and keeps them a little fitter. Soft turf will get them a little fitter than a regular dirt work.'

Said Frankel: "It was just to get some exercise in him where it's safe for him to exercise, you know. First time on turf I wanted to make sure he paid attention. I'm sure the way he worked he could have worked by himself, but until you do it you never know.'

Frankel said he hoped to work Empire Maker six furlongs on dirt next Sunday at Belmont.

Trainer Christophe Clement also took advantage of the opportunity to work on the turf, sending Lone Star Derby winner Dynever out for a four-furlong move. Dynever worked in company with Mariensky, who is being pointed to Saturday's Bowling Green Handicap.

Dynever, under Christophe Lorieul, broke off three lengths behind Mariensky and the two finished on even terms. Dynever was credited with a four-furlong move in 48.54 seconds, while Mariensky went in 49.07 seconds.

"To look at it, it was a very good work,' Clement said. "They started slow, they finished fast. He moved very well. At the quarter pole when the filly went on for 50 yards or a sixteenth of a mile at most, he was a bit surprised, then he leveled off and finished well.'

Clement would also like to come back next Sunday with a dirt work for Dynever.

Wild and Wicked now possible

Wild and Wicked, who won an entry-level allowance race by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday at Churchill Downs, may run in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Ken McPeek said Monday. Wild and Wicked, a son of 1994 champion older horse The Wicked North, went gate to wire winning Sunday's 1 1/16-mile allowance race in 1:44.31 over a sloppy track.

"I think he's a better horse than Sarava,' said McPeek, referring to the horse he trained to an upset victory in last year's Belmont. "I don't have any doubt that he's talented enough, but obviously it's a question of seasoning.'

McPeek said he would wait until June 4 - the day other Kentucky-based Belmont starters are scheduled to ship to New York - to make a definite call. If Wild and Wicked runs, Shane Sellers would ride.

McPeek also plans to run Best Minister, winner of the Sir Barton, who was scheduled to arrive at Belmont on Tuesday.

- Trainer Barclay Tagg said he hoped to work Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide on Wednesday, if he deems Belmont's main track safe. Tagg also has not ruled out shipping Funny Cide out of Belmont to get a work into the gelding. Tagg has horses stabled at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

- Outta Here, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in 58.80 seconds Monday at Hollywood Park with Kent Desormeaux aboard. Trainer Bill Currin said he would make a decision by the end of the week whether to run.

- Scott Schwartz, the trainer of Peter Pan winner Go Rockin' Robin, said he and his father, owner Herbert Schwartz, "were still kicking it around' whether to supplement to the Belmont at a cost of $100,000. Schwartz said a decision would most likely be made by mid-week.

- Supervisor, the third-place finisher in the Peter Pan, will run in the Belmont Stakes, his connections said.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee