03/28/2007 12:00AM

Half Ours will miss Carter


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Half Ours, undefeated in five starts, including a win in the Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream Park, will miss the Grade 1 Carter Handicap on April 7 due to an eye infection, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

According to Pletcher, Half Ours underwent a minor surgical procedure on his left eye last week, forcing him to miss a key workout. Pletcher said the problem actually first cropped up last November, but that it was manageable with nonsurgical treatments until recently.

"It's something that after his last race got a little bit worse and we finally decided to do a little minor surgery on it," Pletcher said Tuesday at Belmont Park before departing for Dubai. "It does not affect his vision; that's one of the reasons why we did it before it got to that point. The prognosis is excellent. He actually didn't miss a day of training, but I couldn't put him through the stress of a breeze."

Pletcher said that it is possible Half Ours could be ready to run in the Grade 2, $400,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Handicap at Keeneland on April 14.

"If he needs more time I don't know where that would put us," Pletcher said.

Pletcher will still be well represented in the Carter with Keyed Entry, who returned from a seven-month layoff to win the Grade 3 Deputy Minister Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. 3. Keyed Entry is 4 for 8 in his career, and all four wins have come in races at 7 1/2 furlongs or shorter. The Carter is run at seven furlongs.

Others pointing to the Carter include Ah Day, Attila's Storm, Ramsgate or Latent Heat from trainer Bobby Frankel's stable, and Silver Wagon. Possible starters include Smokey Stover, Ryan's Appeal, Wild Jam, and Will He Shine.

Wollaston Bay shortens up for Bay Shore

After failing his two-turn test in the Gotham, Wollaston Bay will return to sprinting in next Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes for 3-year-olds. On Wednesday, he tuned up for the Bay Shore by drilling four furlongs in 47.10 seconds, the fastest of 36 works at the distance.

"That was a really, really good move and that was on his own," trainer Gary Sciacca said.

Wollaston Bay, a son of Sea of Secrets, won the six-furlong Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths on Feb. 19 before finishing seventh of nine in the Grade 3 Gotham at 1 1/16 miles. He set a moderate pace that day, but could not carry his speed around two turns.

"I was hoping that he did want to go long," Sciacca said. "If you're going to try it that was the race to do it. He came out of it super. Coming off that kind of distance race now going short with a couple of real sharp works, we should be in good shape."

Wollaston Bay will also be returning to Aqueduct's main track, a surface on which he won a first-level allowance race last November.

The Bay Shore is expected to attract Bill Place, Hobbitontherocks, Les Grands Trois, Out of Gwedda, and possibly Indian Camp.

Coa, Martin suspended 10 days

The stewards suspended both Eibar Coa and Eddie Martin Jr. for 10 days for what they deemed careless riding in last Sunday's second race.

Martin received his suspension for an incident that occurred shortly after the start when he allowed his horse, Light Classic, to come over on Coa's horse, Laurentide Ice. The stewards held Martin accountable because they believe he should have known Coa was inside of him.

"It surprised me," Martin said about receiving days. "I can't argue with the stewards, they're our regulators. It's their rules, I'm at their track."

Coa received his suspension for deliberately making things tight on Martin entering the far turn. Martin hit the rail and was forced to check hard, losing all chance.

Both riders appealed their suspensions.

Elusive Warning faces winners

Elusive Warning, a 7 1/2-length debut winner on Feb. 24, makes his first start against winners in a first-level allowance race that serves as Friday's featured event on the inner track.

Elusive Warning overcame a slow start and was never touched by Alan Garcia's whip in covering six furlongs in 1:11.85. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 81.

Smash 'Em Sammy, who has run two poor races since taking the restricted Fabersham Stakes, and Brush on By appear to the main threats to Elusive Warning.

Entry schedule changes

With no racing the next two Sundays due to Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, there is a change to the entry schedule. Entries for next Wednesday's card, the first on the main track, will be taken on Friday. Entries for next Thursday's card will be taken on Saturday. The same entry schedule will apply the following week.

Also, Aqueduct will take double entries next Wednesday for the Friday and Saturday cards. Saturday's card features four graded stakes - the Wood Memorial, Carter, Excelsior, and Bay Shore.

* Coa won two races on Wednesday's card to take a 97-96 lead over Ramon Dominguez in the race for leading inner-track rider. Dominguez did not win a race on the card. Not only does Coa have the lead, but he will be riding here Saturday - the final day of the meet - while Dominguez will be at Gulfstream.

* Who What Win, a New York-bred who has earned a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in each of his last two open-company allowance wins, worked five furlongs in 1:00.62 Wednesday morning over the Belmont training track. He is possible for the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap.

* Chantal Sutherland left New York on a winning note Wednesday getting Il Posto's Bambina ($29.80) to a head victory in the second race. Sutherland's other mount on the day scratched. She is returning to Canada to ride at Woodbine beginning on Saturday.

* Jose Henriquez has taken over the book of 10-pound apprentice rider Jose Bracetty. Bracetty, who rode at Thistledown, will become a seven-pound apprentice with his next win.