08/12/2008 12:00AM

Golden Spikes strong in work


MIAMI - Golden Spikes, winner of the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes here last month, worked four furlongs in 47.54 seconds on Tuesday as he continues to prepare for his first try against Grade 1 competition in the King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

With jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard, Golden Spikes broke off at the half-mile pole in company with stablemate Ikagai. Bridgmohan eased Golden Spikes back off his workmate through an opening furlong in 12:20 seconds, drew even after completing a quarter-mile in 23.48, then gradually edged away without need of urging through a final quarter-mile split of 24.06 seconds. Golden Spikes galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.41 over a track that had been moistened by overnight rains.

"I thought he worked great and especially like the way he's been relaxing in the morning," said Marty Wolfson, who trains Golden Spikes for a partnership that includes catcher Paul Lo Duca and former major league pitcher Rob Murphy.

Wolfson said he plans to work Golden Spikes again here Monday before putting him on a plane for Saratoga either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, depending upon the availability of a flight from south Florida.

"I like the distance for him and the fact there appears to be a lot of speed lining up for the King's Bishop," said Wolfson. "I couldn't be more pleased with the way he's been doing since his last start and the way he's coming up to the race."

Elvis Trujillo, who rode Golden Spikes to victory in both the Carry Back and Unbridled overnight stakes here this summer, will again have the assignment in the King's Bishop.

Golden Spikes won't be the only local representative in the King's Bishop. Trainer Myra Mora confirmed Tuesday that she will be sending Gentleman James to Saratoga for the seven-furlong dash. Gentleman James was narrowly defeated by Golden Spikes when he was second-best in both the Unbridled and Carry Back.

"He ran so well in the Carry Back we finally decided he deserved a shot in the King's Bishop," said Mora, who scratched Gentleman James out of the Major Moran overnight stakes on Sunday.

Gentleman James worked four furlongs in 48.62 seconds here Monday.

Mora, who has never run a horse or even attended the races at Saratoga, said Gentleman James's regular rider, Manny Aguilar, will retain the mount in the King's Bishop.

Smooth Air works for Pennsylvania Derby

Smooth Air remains on target for his next start, the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 1 at Philadelphia Park, after working a mile in 1:40.67 seconds here Sunday. Smooth Air has been plagued by foot problems and has not started since winning the Grade 2 Ohio Derby by four lengths on May 31.

Breaking off a sixteenth of a mile beyond the finish line and working back to that spot, Smooth Air went in fractions of 25.91 seconds, 50.81, and 1:16.06 before completing his final quarter in 24.61 seconds under mild urging.

"He's right where he needs to be," said trainer Benny Stutts. "It's the fourth work since we got him back here from Arlington Park. He's gone an eighth of a mile further each time, from five to six to seven furlongs to a mile."

Smooth Air encountered foot issues after training over the artificial surface at Arlington following his win in the Ohio Derby. Stutts brought him back to his home base at Calder last month, where he has trained steadily ever since.

"I think he'll fit well in the Pennsylvania Derby," said Stutts. "And it sounds like Big Brown isn't going there, which is fine with me."

Smooth Air has won four races and earned more than $575,000, with his only off-the-board performance an 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Brazilian gets going

Maylan Studart, the "girl from Ipanema," is starting to make a big impression in her new home at Calder in south Florida.

Studart, a 19-year-old native of Ipanema, Brazil, combined with trainer Michael Jablow to win a pair of races on Sunday's program, including an impressive maiden allowance tally aboard the lightly raced New York-bred Got Clearance. The victories were her first two since she began riding locally earlier this summer.

Studart, a graduate of Brazil's jockey school, won her first race in Brazil in December of 2006 and currently rides with a seven-pound bug. Studart moved to the United States. during this spring because she felt there would be more opportunity for a female jockey in this country than back home.She will ride with an apprentice allowance until January 2009.

Third straight for Yesbyjimminy

Yesbyjimminy continues to climb towards the top of the local sprint division after recording his third straight victory, an easy four-length triumph in the Major Moran. Yesbyjimminy, a son of Yes It's True trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., was among the leading 3-year-old sprinters here last season after finishing third in the Carry Back and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 110 for an easy victory in the Eillo Stakes. Yesbyjimminy received a 103 for his performance Sunday in the Major Moran.

Rockerfeller, who rebounded from his third-place finish behind Benny the Bull in the Grade 2 Smile Handicap with an easy victory in Monmouth Park's Teddy Drone Stakes, currently heads the local sprint division. Rockerfeller is presently being pointed for the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Saratoga.

Annabill dominating rival

Cat Can Do and trainer Ralph Ziadie have probably seen enough of their nemesis Annabill this summer. Annabill, who is trained by Milt Wolfson, got the measure of Cat Can Do for the third time in the last seven weeks after outlasting that rival to win a one-mile allowance race, switched from the turf to the main track, on Sunday. Cat Can Do had also finished a close second behind Annabill in their previous two meetings, including the Sambacarioca Stakes on June 22.

The two leaders of the filly and mare handicap division appear to be on a collision course to square off again in the $100,000 Shocker T Handicap on Oct. 18.