Updated on 09/17/2011 3:16PM

Ghostzapper detours to Iselin

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Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, preparing for the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes, gets an early-morning gallop last week.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel will let his actions speak louder than his words - and his horses - this weekend at Saratoga by pulling Ghostzapper out of Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Instead, Frankel will now point Ghostzapper to the Grade 3, $200,000 Philip Iselin Handi-cap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 21.

Frankel wouldn't come out and say it, but part of what went into his decision is his dissatisfaction with the weight assignments for the race. Ghostzapper was assigned 122 pounds for the Forego, compared with 120 for Speightstown.

Ghostzapper, a Grade 1 winner, picked up three pounds from his dominant victory in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on July 4. Racing secretary Mike Lakow gave Speightstown one pound more off his victory in the Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup on June 5. Speightstown is not a Grade 1 winner.

Frankel would only say that the Iselin "is a better spot" for Ghostzapper, but also added, "I'd rather run up here."

After the Tom Fool, Frankel said he was looking forward to stretching Ghostzapper out in distance. The Iselin, run at 1 1/8 miles, will be Ghostzapper's first two-turn race.

Two people Wednesday were extremely happy with Frankel's decision to point Ghostzapper to the Iselin. One was Joe Iracone, part-owner of Cajun Beat. Iracone was on hand to watch his champion sprinter breeze five furlongs in 1:02.02 over Saratoga's main track.

"I hope he wins from here to Kansas," Iracone told Frankel about Ghostzapper. "I might go to the Iselin just to kiss him."

Iracone, of course, would prefer not see Ghostzapper in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at the end of October. Cajun Beat is being pointed to the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Oct. 2 as a prep for a defense of his Breeders' Cup Sprint win.

Another horseman happy to hear that Ghostzapper would skip the Vanderbilt was Todd Pletcher, trainer of Speightstown, who will now likely be sent off a strong favorite in the Vanderbilt.

"I think that changes the complexion of the race quite a bit," Pletcher said. "There's still a lot of early speed in here, and we have to contend with that. By the same token, Ghostzapper in a couple of his starts has been very impressive. While I was interested to watch the match-up, we'll have to do it down the road, I guess."

Others pointing to the Vanderbilt, which serves as a prep for the Grade 1 Forego on Sept. 4, are Gators N Bears, Clock Stopper, My Cousin Matt, and Mike's Classic. Gold Dollar, entered in a Friday allowance race, is possible.

King's Drama out of Sword Dancer

Frankel also said Wednesday that King's Drama would not start in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational due to illness.

"He was full of mucus this morning," Frankel said.

King's Drama's defection may leave Balto Star as the lone speed in the 1 1/2-mile Sword Dancer. The New York Racing Association released an alternate list of invitees to the race Wednesday, which included only B.A. Way and Gigli. Of the two, only B.A. Way could run.

B.A. Way, trained by Rick Violette, had won three consecutive races before finishing fourth behind Kicken Kris in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap.

"I don't know if we're going to run, but we'll at least consider it," Violette said. "It doesn't look like it's going to be the strongest race. It might be a good spot to take a shot to win a Grade 1."

Others considered definite for the Sword Dancer are Better Talk Now, Request for Parole, Rochester, and Silverfoot.

Swingforthefences bled in Haskell

He might not have been the best 3-year-old this spring, but he was among the most consistent. Swingforthefences was third in the Tampa Bay Derby, fourth in the Wood Memorial, second in the Peter Pan Stakes, and won the Iowa Derby. But in Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth, he turned in the worst performance of his career, finishing fifth.

His trainer, Rick Violette, says he now knows why.

"He bled," Violette said Wednesday. "I was disappointed with his race, because it's the only time he hasn't shown up. We won't be going in the Travers. We need to re-group. He could run in the Pennsylvania Derby."

Swingforthefences was considered the second best of Violette's 3-year-olds this spring. His best runner was Read the Footnotes, who won the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Read the Footnotes was injured in the Kentucky Derby and will not be seen until the end of the year.

"He's just tack-walking right now. I would love to go out to California at the end of the year and run in the Malibu," Violette said of Read the Footnotes. "Everything would have to go perfect for him to make that race. But if he could win it, it would look great on his resume for a stallion He'd have the Malibu, the Fountain of Youth, and the Remsen."

The Malibu, a Grade 1, seven-furlong race, is part of Santa Anita's opening-day card Dec. 26

Darn That Girl awaits Matron

Violette has one of the better 2-year-old fillies on the East Coast in Darn That Girl, who finished fourth in the Schuylerville Stakes on July 28 after defeating maidens July 10 at Belmont Park. She aggravated a minor injury in the Schuylerville, however, and only returned to training Wednesday morning.

"The quarter that she grabbed before the Schuylerville bugged her in the race," Violette said. "It was very painful for a week to 10 days. We patched it [Tuesday]."

Because of that setback, Darn That Girl will bypass Saratoga's Spinaway Stakes and instead point for the Matron Stakes next month at Belmont Park, Violette said.

- Additional reporting by Jay Privman