08/30/2007 12:00AM

High Finance has two advantages


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - While it could be argued there is little separating talented sprinters Attila's Storm and High Finance, the conditions of Saturday's Grade 1 Forego seem to favor High Finance.

High Finance, who hasn't raced in two months, is proven at the Forego distance of seven furlongs, and he also seems to run best off a layoff. Attila's Storm, meanwhile, is a six-furlong specialist, who is running in the Forego primarily because it fits best in his schedule to get to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

High Finance and Attila's Storm head the 11-horse field entered for the Forego, which is part of an 11-race card that includes the Grade 1 Woodward. Chatain was one of the 11 entered, and would be a serious contender, but his status is shaky because of a bruised foot. Trainer Angel Penna Jr. said Thursday that a blacksmith was devising a special shoe for Chatain, and if he galloped comfortably with it on Friday he could run.

Trainer Rick Violette has been targeting the Forego for High Finance since he won the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on July 4. Before that, High Finance won a third-level allowance race by eight lengths.

This will be High Finance's first start in 59 days. Last year, he won a seven-furlong allowance race over this track off a 77-day layoff. He drew post 10.

"He really came out of the Tom Fool great," Violette said. "If I had to run him back in four weeks we could have. But his best races have been off a layoff. He likes the racetrack, likes the layoff. It'll be an interesting race pace-wise. It's Attila's Storm and who besides us?"

Attila's Storm is certainly the speed of the Forego. He comes off a second-place finish behind Diabolical in the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt in his first start off a 4 1/2-month layoff. He has twice finished second at seven furlongs, including a one-length loss to Proud Tower Too in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita as a 3-year-old.

Trainer Richard Schosberg believes Attila's Storm can get the seven furlongs if he's not pressed too hard on the front end. Attila's Storm will break from post 7.

"If he's on the lead and they run with him and they go really fast, that's a problem for everybody," Schosberg said. "He's training great for this race. The seven-eighths is a concern, but it's a Grade 1, it's Saratoga, and he's doing well."

Simon Pure finished third in the Vanderbilt and is 2 for 2 at seven furlongs. Midnight Lute returns off a layoff for trainer Bob Baffert after undergoing two throat procedures since his last race.