Updated on 09/17/2011 6:34PM

Galloping Grocer slightly ill

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
If Galloping Grocer recovers quickly he could run in the Champagne.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A minor lung infection has put plans for the promising 2-year-old New York-bred on hold, but his next start will likely come in a stakes.

Dominic Schettino, who trains Galloping Grocer for Bob Rosenthal and Bernice Waldbaum, said the lung infection was detected when the horse underwent a routine endoscopic examination after his last race, a 12 1/2-length victory in a statebred allowance race last Friday at Belmont.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, he was a 3 1/2," Schettino said. "It wasn't insignificant."

Galloping Grocer is being treated with a seven-day course of antibiotics and has been jogging in the mornings. Schettino said the horse would be brought back to the track to gallop in a couple of days.

If Galloping Grocer, a son of A. P Jet, rebounds quickly from the lung infection, Schettino said he would consider running him in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne here on Oct. 9. If he can't make the Champagne, then Galloping Grocer will be pointed to the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow, a race won by Funny Cide two years ago, on New York Showcase Day at Belmont on Oct. 23.

Galloping Grocer has impressively won his two starts, both against statebreds. Last Friday at Belmont, Galloping Grocer was 1-20 in a first-level allowance race, which he won without any urging from jockey John Velazquez despite stumbling at the start. Galloping Grocer earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 77 in the 6 1/2-furlong race.

Last month in Saratoga, Galloping Grocer won his career debut in a five-furlong race by 11 3/4 lengths. His Beyer in that race was 95.

Rosenthal said there is no question that he and Waldbaum have a good horse on their hands.

"After we found out about the lung infection, we were impressed even more by the performance," said Rosenthal, who also bred Galloping Grocer with Waldbaum's late husband, Ira. "After he stumbled, you had to admire how he picked himself up. He showed great heart, athleticism, and courageousness in that race."

Dedication fresh for Noble Damsel

Dedication, who won two stakes earlier this year, will return to the races after a summer freshening in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Noble Damsel Handicap.

Dedication, who spent the summer at the Lexington, Ky., farm of her owner, Ghislaine Head, hasn't run since finishing fifth in the Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 5. Seven days earlier she ran second as the favorite in the Grade 3 Jaipur against males and was beaten a half-length by Multiple Choice.

Dedication also won the Grade 3 Beaugay at Aqueduct and the ungraded Marshua River Stakes at Gulfstream Park this year.

"I gave her a summer break for the fall," said Dedication's trainer, Christophe Clement. "She has run some very good races this year and maybe coming back in the Just a Game was a bit too quick after the Jaipur."

Dedication resumed breezing in late August at Belmont. She was assigned 117 pounds and will be ridden by Edgar Prado in the Noble Damsel, which is at one mile on the Widener turf.

The 120-pound highweight is Ocean Drive, an expected starter. The other probables are Changing World, Coney Kitty, Delta Princess, Finery, High Court, Hour of Justice, Personal Legend, Super Brand, and Whoopi Cat. Lentil is possible.

Dynever's next start uncertain

Monday at Belmont, Clement worked Dynever a half-mile in 49.55 seconds on the main track. It was Dynever's first recorded work since he finished sixth as the favorite in the Suburban here on July 3. He had an unrecorded three-furlong at Saratoga on Sept. 2.

Clement said that Dynever, who finished third in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, is still a couple of works away from a race. When asked if he thought Dynever could still make the Breeders' Cup, Clement said: "Everything is wide open. He is two breezes away from being ready to run. We got a little behind with the weather."

If he ran in the Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park, Dynever would have an advantage over the majority of the field, since he has a win over the surface in last year's Lone Star Derby.

Dynever is among the nominees to the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Oct. 2.

* Irish Colonial is the 120-pound highweight for Saturday's co-feature, the $100,000-added Ashley T. Cole for New York-bred turf horses. Expected to join Irish Colonial in the 1 1/8-mile race are Certifiably Crazy, Don't Knock America, Foreverness, Golden Commander, Quiet Ruler, Ryan is Flying, Traffic Chief, and World of Wonder. Celtic Sky, who is entered at Monmouth Park on Thursday, is possible.