04/03/2005 11:00PM

Galloping Grocer will run in Wood


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Galloping Grocer is staying home. After considering a trip to Hawthorne Race Course for the Illinois Derby, trainer Dominick Schettino said Monday morning that Galloping Grocer, who is based at Belmont Park, would remain in New York for Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct.

"He ran big last year in the Remsen on the outer track at this distance," said Schettino, referring to Galloping Grocer's runner-up finish to Rockport Harbor last November, for which he received a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure.

"We're in our own backyard and we're going to take every edge. It's 15 minutes to get over there, instead of getting on an airplane."

Galloping Grocer has been favored in all six of his lifetime starts, but he will likely relinquish that role in the Wood after beginning his 3-year-old season with a fourth-place finish in the Whirlaway and a one-length loss in the Gotham.

Pavo, disqualified from second to fourth in the Gotham, was one of several Wood hopefuls to put in his final serious preparations on Monday. He worked five furlongs in 1:00.32, breezing, on Aqueduct's main track, which was labeled fast, but still contained some moisture in the wake of heavy rain last weekend.

Over at Belmont, the stretch-running Gotham winner Survivalist worked on the main track, which was labeled good, and breezed five furlongs in 1:01.46.

On the training track, Count Fleet Stakes winner Scrappy T, who has not started since a third-place finish in the Whirlaway on Feb. 12, worked six furlongs in 1:13.64. Naughty New Yorker breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.45.

"The track still had a little moisture in it - it was a good pipe-opener," said Pat Kelly, trainer of Naughty New Yorker.

Kelly is looking forward to stretching out Naughty New Yorker to the Wood's 1 1/8-mile distance and is hoping to collect precious graded stakes earnings.

"We've got to step it up a little bit," he said. "We need some money if we're even thinking of going to Louisville. I think he'll handle the distance. Hopefully, he gets a clean trip."

Sunday at Churchill Downs, Going Wild and Bellamy Road, two colts who will be strongly supported in the Wood, each put in five-furlong workouts.

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Going Wild, who won the San Miguel and the Sham prior to finishing second to Declan's Moon in the Santa Catalina, worked in 1:00. Bellamy Road, whose only start this year was an allowance win by nearly 16 lengths, worked in 59.80 seconds for Nick Zito.

"He came out of the work great and he looked great," said Zito, who has four other Kentucky Derby threats in Sun King, High Fly, Noble Causeway, and Andromeda's Hero. "He'll be close early."

Lost in the Fog set for Bay Shore

Lost in the Fog, the unbeaten winner of last month's Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, was scheduled to ship to New York on Tuesday for Saturday's $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes at seven furlongs, where he will rule a prohibitive favorite.

Lost in the Fog, who has never gotten a Beyer below 102 in winning all four of his starts by open lengths, worked five furlongs in a bullet 59 seconds at his Golden Gate base on March 27, and went the same distance in 1:01.80 there on Sunday.

"He usually goes a little faster, but we've been trying to slow him down a little in his workouts," said trainer Greg Gilchrist. "We might have overcorrected a little bit."

- additional reporting by Marcus Hersch