07/08/2010 11:00PM

Gozzip Girl must change plans again

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Barbara D. Livingston
Gozzip Girl will be pointed to the Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park and the Beverly D. at Arlington Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Tom Albertrani has had to come up with yet another plan for his Grade 1-winning turf filly Gozzip Girl. Unfortunately, it no longer includes the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga on July 31.

An allowance race Albertrani was hoping to run Gozzip Girl in was part of Wednesday's Belmont card, which was canceled due to extreme heat. That same race failed to fill for Saturday and Sunday, when it was brought back as an extra race.

Thus, Albertrani will now most likely point Gozzip Girl to the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap at Delaware Park on July 17 and then to the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington on Aug. 21.

"I'm running out of plans, running out of letters," Albertrani said when asked what his new plan was.

Gozzip Girl hasn't completed a race since last October, when she finished third in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland.

After a lengthy freshening, Albertrani deemed that Gozzip Girl would not make the Sheepshead Bay at Belmont at the end of May.

Gozzip Girl was entered in the New York Stakes here June 19, but she stumbled out of the gate and unseated jockey Ramon Dominguez. With Gozzip Girl none the worse for the wear, Albertrani thought about the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 4 or an allowance race at Belmont on July 5. The allowance race failed to fill for that day but did for Wednesday, so Albertrani scratched Gozzip Girl out of the Miss Liberty.

"The racing office did its best to get the race to go; you can't control the weather," Albertrani said. "You can't expect a cancellation due to heat. It was not in the cards, I guess."

Albertrani said running Gozzip Girl in an allowance race this weekend then back in three weeks in the Diana was less than ideal. The six-week spacing between the Delaware race and the Beverly D. should be fine.

On Wednesday, Gozzip Girl worked five furlongs in 1:01.06 over Belmont's main track.

Barbara eager to run Interpatation

Trainer Robert Barbara's right arm is broken, but his spirit isn't as he looks ahead to Saturday's Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes with Interpatation.

Barbara suffered his injury Tuesday when a horse he was ponying, Avenging Spirit, reared up. Barbara instinctively put his arm up to guard his head from a potential blow and said he knew immediately that the impact of the horse's hooves broke his arm.

"But, thank God, it's a distal radius, nondisplaced fracture," said Barbara, meaning that the fracture is near the wrist. "The orthopedist said he needed to control me for two weeks to keep it steady. In two weeks, he'll put a smaller cast on."

Meanwhile, Barbara believes Interpatation is going to run a big race in Saturday's Man o' War, where he'll face Gio Ponti, a horse Interpatation upset in last year's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, run over a soft turf course.

Interpatation finished 5 1/4 lengths behind Gio Ponti when he was ninth and Gio Ponti was second in last month's Manhattan.

"He was laying second, he got shuffled back at the half-mile pole, and he's a horse that once he loses his stride, it takes him a long time to regain it," Barbara said. "He didn't regain it until late in the stretch and he ended up getting beat five lengths."

With Interpatation being a Grade 1 winner, Barbara could have earned himself $10,000 just for running in last weekend's United Nations at Monmouth Park.

"I turned down $10,000 at Monmouth Park to run here," Barbara said. "I hope the sky opens up. I got the inside post, which I like. There's one other speed horse in there. I think we'll be close to the pace. I'm ready, let's go."

Just don't ask Barbara to hold the trophy if he wins.

Starfish Bay eyes England trip

Starfish Bay, emerging as a turf stakes specialist, will likely be sent to England to run in the Group 3 King George Stakes, a five-furlong race run over a straight course at Goodwood on July 29.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Antony Beck at Gainesway Farm has expressed interest in running in that race, in which Starfish Bay would have to face males.

"If everything goes according to plan, that's most likely where we're going," Pletcher said. "There's so few graded opportunities over here sprinting on the grass."

Starfish Bay has won three of her last four starts sprinting on the turf, including the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream, the Very One at Pimlico, and the Candy Eclair at Monmouth Park.