06/30/2010 12:00AM

I Want Revenge gets help in Suburban

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Barbara D. Livingston
I Want Revenge will return to the races in Saturday's Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The defection of four horses in a 48-hour span left the racing office scrambling to fill Saturday's $300,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. In the end, the Grade 2 race went with a field of seven, led by returning graded stakes winners I Want Revenge and Regal Ransom.

I Want Revenge, who has not run since winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in April 2009, will have a little help in the race as his connections, the IEAH Stables and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., also entered Pictural as a rabbit to make sure Regal Ransom doesn't get loose on the front end. I Want Revenge and Pictural will run as a coupled entry.

"We're looking to put him on the lead," Dutrow said of Pictural, who drew post 4, one slot outside I Want Revenge.

Regal Ransom, who has not raced since finishing eighth to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic last Nov. 7, drew post 6.

Also entered were Eldaafer, Convocation, Unbridled Danger, and Haynesfield. Eldaafer and Unbridled Danger may have been entered after their connections were notified by the racing office of the defections of Hold Me Back, Land of the Giants, Timber Reserve, and Tizway from the Suburban.

Hold Me Back was entered in Thursday's $200,000 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine. Tizway suffered a foot bruise following a workout last Saturday at Saratoga, according to trainer James Bond. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Land of the Giants wrenched an ankle, which was the same reason trainer John Kimmel gave for Timber Reserve not running.

The defection of Tizway may be the most significant in that he was coming out of a third-place finish behind Quality Road in the Met Mile and had run well in one-turn races at Belmont.

"It's the way the spring and summer's been," said Bond, who is 0 for 26 at the meet. "Thankfully, it's something he can recover from. Hopefully, he'll make it back for the Woodward."

I Want Revenge and Regal Ransom, who are both coming off lengthy layoffs, will vie for favoritism in the Suburban, which will be run at 1 1/8 miles. I Want Revenge was scratched from the 2009 Kentucky Derby the morning of the race due to an ankle injury that was later diagnosed as a ligament tear. I Want Revenge has worked exceptionally well, according to Dutrow, who shipped the horse over from Aqueduct on Tuesday for a four-furlong workout in 48.62 seconds over the main track.

Joe Talamo, who has ridden I Want Revenge in his last six starts, will be in for the ride.

Regal Ransom, who won the Super Derby last September, has not run since finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, a race in which set the pace. Alan Garcia will ride from post 6.

On Wednesday, Convocation, fourth in the Met Mile, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.47 over the main track.

Buddy's Saint to resume training

Buddy's Saint, forced to miss the Triple Crown due to injury, is about to resume training in south Florida, according to trainer Bruce Levine.

Levine said that X-rays performed on Buddy's Saint's ankle Wednesday were clean.

"Everything looked good," Levine said. "The surgeon said he saw no reason why he couldn't go back in training."

Levine said that Buddy's Saint would be placed on a horse-walk, a mechanical machine that walks a horse around in circles, similar to what a hotwalker would do. Levine said Buddy's Saint would do that for a week to 10 days before jogging on the track at Jimmy Crupi's New Castle Farms in Ocala, Fla.

"That helps leg them up with no weight on their back," Levine said.

Levine said Buddy's Saint would most likely spend the bulk of the summer at Crupi's farm because of the serene atmosphere there compared with the racetrack.

Buddy's Saint was among the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby following wins in the Nashua and Remsen stakes at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old. He finished ninth with a troubled trip in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in February, his only start at 3, before being diagnosed with the ankle chip following a workout on March 14 at Gulfstream.

Qualia sharp in Bed o' Roses breeze

Qualia showed her readiness for her stakes debut in Monday's Bed o' Roses Handicap by working four furlongs in 47.46 seconds Wednesday morning over Belmont's main track. It was the fastest of 45 works at the distance.

"We usually don't let her work that fast, but we had to do something with the race coming up," trainer Robert Ribaudo said.

With the heat and humidity having dissipated, conditions were ideal Wednesday morning for training.

"If you didn't work good this morning, you never will," Ribaudo said.

A short field is expected for the Bed o' Roses, run at seven furlongs. Likely to run are Devil By Design, McVictory, and Rightly So. Lady Alexander is possible.

Rachel arrives in Saratoga

Following a flight from Kentucky, reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra arrived in Saratoga late Wednesday morning to prepare for a yet-to-be-announced summer campaign.

Rachel Alexandra, who capped an 8-for-8 campaign in the 2009 season with a victory over older males in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga last September, is coming off a 10 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs on June 12. That was her first win from three starts this year.

While her owner, Jess Jackson, has yet to announce where Rachel Alexandra will make her next start, one possibility is the Grade 1, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 1. The Ruffian, which takes the place of the furloughed Go for Wand on the Saratoga schedule, is run at 1 1/8 miles.

Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen, accompanied Rachel Alexandra as well as stablemates Friesan Fire and Thiskyhasnolimit and several 2-year-olds to the Spa. Rachel Alexandra is likely to have a workout over the Oklahoma training track Monday, Blasi said.

"She looks fabulous right now," said Blasi, who noted that Rachel Alexandra left Churchill Downs at 7:15 a.m. and was in her stall at Saratoga at 11:15.