05/13/2008 12:00AM

Giant Moon works Preakness half


ELMONT, N.Y. – Giant Moon, winner of the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct in January, worked four furlongs in 47.77 seconds Tuesday morning over a fast Belmont Park main track. Belmont clockers caught Giant Moon’s first quarter in 22.66 seconds and mentioned that there was a strong headwind in the stretch. Giant Moon is being pointed for the Preakness on Saturday.

Giant Moon usually works in company, but on Tuesday went by himself under exercise rider Cesar Correa.

“Working by himself he’s a little lazy, so Cesar maybe cracked him to get into the bit and he took off the first part,” trainer Richard Schosberg said. “He went a little faster earlier than I wanted but we didn’t have any company with him. But he came back good, he looks fine. It’s never really by design. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t build bridges.”

On Monday night, Giant Moon was officially crowned New York-bred juvenile champion of 2007 at an awards ceremony in Saratoga. Giant Moon won the Count Fleet, finished last in the Gotham run over an extremely sloppy track, and ran fourth in the Wood Memorial, two lengths behind Tale of Ekati, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby.

Giant Moon is expected to van down to Pimlico on Friday.