07/15/2004 11:00PM

Frankel's Whitney plan


ELMONT, N.Y. - The more trainer Bobby Frankel thinks about it, the more he likes the idea of running Ghostzapper in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 7.

Ghostzapper, who hasn't raced beyond seven furlongs, is coming off a monster effort in the Grade 2 Tom Fool at Belmont Park on July 4. The Tom Fool was Ghostzapper's first race in 281 days. He won the seven-furlong Tom Fool by 4 1/4 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 120, which is tops in dirt races run up to a mile this year. Ghostzapper's final time of 1:20.42 came close to breaking the track record of 1:20.17, set by Left Bank in the 2002 Tom Fool.

Frankel, who trains Ghostzapper for Frank Stronach, already has a strong candidate for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney in Suburban winner Peace Rules. Friday in his Belmont office, Frankel said that instead of running Peace Rules in the Whitney, he might run him in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 22.

Frankel said his decision would be made easier if it rained on Whitney Day.

"I wouldn't feel guilty about not running Peace Rules [if the track was wet]," Frankel said. "I'm leaning toward running Ghostzapper in the Whitney. He came out of his last race really well. Of course, you don't know with a big performance like that how he is until you work him, but he seems perfect."

Ghostzapper is supposed to work at Belmont on Sunday. Peace Rules's first work since winning the Suburban on July 3 was scheduled for Saturday.

During the first six days of the Saratoga meet, which starts July 28, Frankel will see plenty of stakes action. Frankel said Nothing to Lose, third in the Grade 1 United Nations earlier this month at Monmouth, is possible for the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch on July 30. The following day, Intercontinental, who won the Just a Game in her last start, will run in the Grade 1 Diana. The same day as the Diana, Reforest, the runner-up in last weekend's Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder, could run in the Grade 1 Test. On Aug. 1, Frankel will saddle Sightseek in the Grade 1 Go for Wand. The next day, Venturi will run in the Grade 3 Lake George for 3-year-old grass fillies.

Nothing wrong with Dynever

Dynever was given a clean bill of health after a recent examination conducted by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., according to his trainer, Christophe Clement.

Dynever finished sixth in the Suburban, his third consecutive loss as the favorite in a stakes. Last week, he was sent to Rood & Riddle to determine if anything was physically ailing him.

Friday, Clement said that Dynever was scheduled to return to his Belmont barn Saturday.

Clement didn't specify a race for Dynever's next start, but said the horse most likely would run during the Saratoga meet. If he doesn't start in the Whitney, the next logical stakes for Dynever at the 36-day meet is the $250,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup on Aug. 22.

After impressively winning the Grade 3 San Bernadino Handicap at Santa Anita in April, Dynever finished fifth in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special and second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn, beaten a half-length by Seattle Fitz. In the Suburban, Dynever was beaten a total of 2 1/4 lengths.

Delta Sensation aims for Lake George

Delta Sensation, a 3-year-old who defeated older fillies and mares in an optional claimer on the turf last Wednesday, will run next in the $100,000-added Lake George on Aug. 2.

Delta Sensation, who wasn't entered to be claimed in the mile race, was a 5 1/4-length winner over a course that was labeled soft.

Trained by Frank Alexander and owned by John E. Cay III, Delta Sensation has won 5 of 8 career starts. She won the restricted Terpsichorist Stakes in her grass debut over a yielding course at Belmont in May. Earlier this year, she won three consecutive starts in dirt races, including her maiden at Gulfstream Park in February in a $75,000 claimer.

"She's kind of a neat filly with the desire to win," Alexander said. "She has run on every kind of racetrack so far and I definitely think she would have won the other day if the race was taken off the grass."

Heckle back in serious training

Heckle, who won last year's Grade 3 Tremont, worked on Friday at Belmont for the first time since returning to trainer Todd Pletcher's barn after time off to recover from an injury.

Heckle covered three furlongs in 36.66 seconds on the main track.

Last August, Heckle underwent surgery to remove chips from his left front ankle. He was back in serious training during the winter at Gulfstream Park when he suffered a pulled muscle and was sent to owner Dogwood Stable's farm in Aiken, S.C.

Pletcher said Heckle possibly could be ready to run late in the Saratoga meet.

In his last start, Heckle finished seventh in the Sanford at Saratoga on July 24, 2003.