08/21/2007 11:00PM

Hard Spun shortening up


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Street Sense will command the majority of the attention on Saturday's Travers program at Saratoga, while his most immediate victim in this year's Kentucky Derby, Hard Spun, will be the major attraction on the Travers undercard when he goes postward as the likely favorite in the $250,000 King's Bishop Stakes.

The Grade 1 King's Bishop is one of three graded stakes that will support the $1 million Travers on Saturday's 12-race card. The others are the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch at 1 1/8 miles on the turf and the Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-olds fillies at six furlongs.

Hard Spun will shorten up to seven furlongs in the King's Bishop following a steady diet of longer races that include a second-place finish in the Derby, a third in the Preakness, a fourth in the Belmont, and most recently a second behind Any Given Saturday in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

Hard Spun drew post 3 in a King's Bishop field that also includes E Z Warrior, Teuflesberg, Most Distinguished, and King of the Roxy.

E Z Warrior, whose only loss came over the Del Mar Polytrack in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap, could have his hand forced early after drawing the rail for the King's Bishop.

Teuflesberg, Most Distinguished, and King of the Roxy will begin from posts 7, 8, and 11.

"Seven is perfect," said Jamie Sanders who trains Teuflesberg. "With Hard Spun the obvious one to beat, we'll be able to keep an eye on him, and I'm really happy we'll have our regular rider [Robby Albarado] flying in for the race. The other jockeys we've used have all ridden him well, but Robby knows him best."

Sanders said she planned to blow Teuflesberg out for the race on Thursday.

The remainder of the field is Spin Master, Pauillac, Longley, Forty Grams, First Defense, and Bold Start.

Cosmonaut, coming off an easy win in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap, is the starting highweight under 122 pounds in the Bernard Baruch. His chief competition figures to come from Shakis, third behind Better Talk Now in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap, and Grade 1 winner Gun Salute, who drew post 12.

Graeme Six, runner-up to division leader Dream Rush in the Grade 1 Prioress, is among the leading contenders in the Victory Ride, along with the undefeated La Traviata, Ticket to Seattle, and Featherbed.