08/26/2004 11:00PM

Frankel gets Badge of Silver

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Badge of Silver a graded-stakes winner as a 3-year-old, is being pointed to either the Vosburgh at Belmont or the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Owner Ken Ramsey on Friday transferred Badge of Silver, a graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old of 2003, from trainer Ronny Werner to Bobby Frankel.

Ramsey said he made the move because he wants the horse to win a Grade 1 stakes in New York, and not because of anything Werner did wrong.

"I've been talking to a lot of breeders, and this horse is worth a lot of money if he can win a Grade 1," Ramsey said. "Ronny is going back to Kentucky and there's no sense hauling this horse all the way back to Kentucky. There's nothing wrong with Ronny Werner as a trainer. The man picked out seven horses for me, two of them were stakes winners; nothing but praise."

Ramsey said he moved the horse to Frankel because Frankel keeps a string in New York in the fall. Though Badge of Silver is nominated to next Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Handicap here, Ramsey said he probably would not run.

Badge of Silver, who won the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes as a 3-year-old, has not run since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel Park in February and has only made six starts in his career. He had surgery to remove a keratoma from his foot in the spring after he was scratched from the Carter Handicap. Badge of Silver was entered in an allowance race earlier this meet but scratched when the track came up sloppy.

Ramsey said his goal would be to run Badge of Silver in either the Vosburgh on Oct. 2 or the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November. Ramsey said Badge of Silver would likely run next year and be pointed to spots like the Carter and Metropolitan Handicap.

Ramsey gave Badge of Silver to Frankel despite the fact that Frankel already has top sprinters Cajun Beat and Midas Eyes.

"He said he would keep the horses apart," Ramsey said. "If he can't win a Grade 1 in New York, then California is the next-best place."

Frankel keeps horses in California as well.

Ramsey said he would still keep horses with Werner. He also said he would give Werner a full trainer's share of the next purse Badge of Silver wins, and a lifetime breeding right.

Those are nice consolations, but Werner was naturally disappointed to lose the horse.

"These kind are tough to come by," Werner said. "I picked him out, I bought him. It's tough, because they're like your kids."

'Roses' to Kentucky Cup Classic

Ramsey confirmed on Friday that Whitney Handicap winner Roses in May would make his next start in the Grade 2, $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park on Sept. 18. That will be his last race before a start in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

Ramsey said he would have preferred to run Roses in May in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, because no horse has won the Breeders' Cup Classic without having at least run in a 1 1/4-mile race. The Kentucky Cup Classic is run at 1 1/8 miles. Trainer Dale Romans convinced Ramsey that the timing of the Kentucky Cup is better.

"Dale says he knows his horse, and he wants to take a fresh horse to the Breeders' Cup," Ramsey said. "This will give him six weeks from the Whitney and six weeks to the Breeders' Cup. His pedigree says he'll stretch out; Dale says he'll stretch out."

Turf Classic next for Kitten's Joy

Ramsey also said that Kitten's Joy, the leading 3-year-old turf horse in the country, would make his next start in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic over 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park on Oct. 2. Ramsey hopes to use that as a prep for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, also at 1 1/2 miles.

Ramsey noted that Romans was interested in trying to back Kitten's Joy up in distance and take a shot at the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"I feel Kitten's Joy is the type of horse that'll definitely go the mile and a half," Ramsey said.

Film Maker heads Ballston Spa field

Film Maker, winner of the Grade 3 All Along Breeders' Cup at Colonial Downs in her last start, heads a large field expected for Monday's Grade 3, $200,000 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Following Film Maker's win at Colonial, trainer Graham Motion was preparing her for a start in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Handicap at Arlington on Aug. 14. But the filly developed colic two weeks before the race, forcing her to miss a work.

"I probably could've made the race, but I didn't want to run her in a big race like that short a work," Motion said Friday from Fair Hill, Md.

Film Maker instead returns to Saratoga, where she won last year's Grade 3 Lake George Handicap and was beaten three-quarters of a length when third in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Handicap.

"If I had my druthers I wish the race were another eighth of a mile, but having said that, she also won there going a mile and a sixteenth last year," Motion said.

Motion said Ramon Dominguez would ride Film Maker because Edgar Prado, her rider in her last three starts, has another commitment in the race.

Film Maker is the 120-pound highweight for the Ballston Spa. Others expected to run, and their weight assignments, include: Ocean Drive (119), Sand Springs (117), Stay Forever (116), Derrianne (115), Personal Legend (115), Delta Princess (114), High Court (114), Mona Rose (114), Mrs. M (114), and Halory Leigh (114).

Velasquez to start fall in New York

Cornelio Velasquez, who is enjoying a strong Saratoga meet, will ride at least the first month of the fall meeting at Belmont Park, his agent, Richard DePass, said Friday.

Velasquez is the fourth-leading rider at the meet, with 21 winners, after guiding Fixed Amount ($19.40) to victory in Friday's second race. That matched his win total from last year's Saratoga meet. Velasquez has four stakes wins, second only to Edgar Prado's six. Velasquez won the Grade 1 Alabama on Society Selection for trainer Allen Jerkens.

"There isn't anybody in New York he can't ride for," DePass said. "He won a stakes for Jerkens, he won a stakes for Mott; he's gotten a real warm reception so far."

Last year, Velasquez came to Belmont after Saratoga and rode only three winners from 39 mounts before returning to Kentucky.

DePass said he is not sure if Velasquez will stay in New York or return to Kentucky when Keeneland opens in October.

* Peace Rules, preparing for a start in the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 19, worked five furlongs in 59.84 seconds over Saratoga's main track. It was the fastest of 13 at the distance.