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Godolphin buys Accountforthegold
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sheikh Mohammed is getting with the program.
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing purchased the Grade 3 stakes-winning New York-bred Accountforthegold from Steve Sigler's Winning Move Stable and Harold Lerner. Accountforthegold was expected to arrive in Kentucky from Saratoga on Saturday, and later in the year he will ship to Dubai to prepare for that country's International Racing Carnival that begins in January. The highlight of the carnival is the Dubai World Cup card in late March.
"The idea was he'd be a horse that would run in the Carnival," said Jim Bell, head of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley USA. "If he was good enough, he could compete at the end of the meet as well."
Accountforthegold, a 5-year-old son of Successful Appeal, won 7 of 21 starts in a North American career that began in Canada. In the U.S., Accountforthegold won the New York Derby at Finger Lakes as a 3-year-old and last fall he took the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct. His other stakes wins include the Kings Point and Gander.
Sigler, who is the leading owner this year in New York in races won, said he had mixed emotions about selling Accountforthegold, but said in the end it made good business sense.
"It's etched in my memory, the Racing Form's headline 'Accountforthegold outruns the mob,' " Sigler said, referring to the headline after the Stuyvesant, when Accountforthegold beat Carminooch, owned by cast members of "The Sopranos."
"Who's ever going to forget that? As a relative newcomer it's still painful to let go of a stakes-caliber horse."
Rutherienne to Garden City
Rutherienne, the leading North American 3-year-old turf filly, will make her next start in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap next Saturday at Belmont Park, trainer Christophe Clement confirmed Friday.
Rutherienne, a daughter of Pulpit owned and bred by Virginia Kraft Payson, has won 7 of 8 career starts, including her last five straight. After winning the Grade 3 Lake George here on July 27, Rutherienne shipped to Southern California where she won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 18.
"She came out of the race in California in very good order," Clement said. "Everything is good for the Garden City. As of now, she's going there."
Clement said Rutherienne was to ship from Saratoga to Belmont on Saturday and would most likely breeze over Belmont's turf course on Sunday.
Clement said that Royal Highness, winner of the Beverly D., would train up to the Grade 1 Flower Bowl on Sept. 29. Meribel, second to Wait a While in the Ballston Spa, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 16, while Vacare, third in the Ballston Spa, will run next in the Grade 2, $400,000 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6.
Masseuse out of Glens Falls
A bruised foot will keep Masseuse out of Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap, trainer Jimmy Toner said Friday.
Masseuse was coming off a hard-fought nose victory in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly at Woodbine on July 22. Toner said he's not sure if Masseuse injured herself in that race or in subsequent training over the Oklahoma training turf course.
"She really reached down and gave us everything she had," Toner said of the Woodbine race. "We got back here, everything seemed to be fine. She galloped a couple of days and she just was a little ouchy on it - there was some pulsation in her foot. It didn't resolve itself quickly enough."
Toner said he would try to point Masseuse to the Flower Bowl. Masseuse won the Grade 3 Beaugay Handicap at Aqueduct in April and was second to Makderah in the Grade 2 New York Handicap at Belmont on July 23.
Makderah, who finished third as the favorite in the Grade 1 Diana, heads the field for the Glens Falls. Others expected to run include Arosa, Barancella, Hostess, Mabadi, Mary Louhana, Pictavia, Rosinka, and Safari Queen.
Graded stakes next for Criminologist
Trainer Shug McGaughey wasn't surprised that Criminologist won Wednesday's $81,700 Perfect Sting Stakes. He was taken aback by how well she did it.
Criminologist rolled to a 3 1/4-length victory in the Perfect Sting, and set an inner turf course record by running 1 1/8 miles in 1:45.61, eclipsing a 10-year-old mark of 1:46.22 set by Amarettitorun.
"It was a little surprising, not that she won, but the way she won," McGaughey said.
McGaughey said he will step Criminologist up to a graded stakes, but hasn't settled on which one. On Friday, he mentioned the Grade 3, $100,000 Noble Damsel at Belmont on Sept. 15, the Grade 3, $150,000 Violet at the Meadowlands on Sept. 28, or the First Lady at Keeneland on Oct. 6.
McGaughey said that Sightseeing, who finished fourth in the Travers, could be pointed to the Grade 3, $250,000 Pegasus at Monmouth Park on the Breeders' Cup undercard.
Control System points toward Presque Isle
Control System, the undefeated 3-year-old filly trained by Michael Trombetta, worked five furlongs in 1:02.22 Friday morning as she continues to prepare for a return to the races this fall.
Control System has won all three of her starts by a combined 24 1/4 lengths. She has not run since taking the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct on March 24. Trombetta was hoping to run her in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes here on Travers Day, but said he ran out of time to get her ready. Now, Trombetta is pointing her to the $90,000 Cozy Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. The Cozy Lace is restricted to Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Trombetta said he had given Control System some time off to recover from the Cicada. When he planned to bring her back, she tied up and became muscle sore and needed more time.
"It took her a while to get back on track, but she's been working super," Trombetta said.
Arroyo out until Belmont
Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. will miss the remainder of the Saratoga meet with a sore ankle. He plans to return when Belmont opens next Friday.
Arroyo said he initially injured his ankle in the starting gate on Tuesday morning, when a 2-year-old he was on for trainer Jimmy Jerkens flipped. Arroyo aggravated the injury on Wednesday when he jumped off Rinella Storm, whom he pulled up at the quarter pole of Wednesday's third race. Arroyo took off his one other mount Wednesday and all his engagements Thursday and Friday.
"That horse I rode took a bad step at the quarter pole," Arroyo said, referring to Rinella Storm. "I thought it broke down. I finally get the horse pulled up, I jumped off, I tried to land, I had forgotten about my ankle, and I didn't land firm. That's why I'm out right now."
Arroyo returned to race-riding here on Aug. 10 after suffering a broken collarbone in a spill at Belmont on May 25 that left fellow rider Andrew Lakeman paralyzed. Arroyo went 1 for 13 at Saratoga.