04/14/2010 11:00PM

Ice rebuilding his stable in New York


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Tim Ice returned to the scene of his greatest successes Thursday when he arrived at Belmont Park with seven of his horses who had wintered at Oaklawn Park. Unfortunately, none of those horses was named Summer Bird.

Ice trained Summer Bird to the 3-year-old championship by virtue of the colt's victories in the Belmont Stakes, the Travers at Saratoga, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. Summer Bird was the first horse to win all three races in the same year since Easy Goer in 1989.

However, owners Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman took Summer Bird and several other horses away from Ice about three weeks after the Eclipse Awards were announced in January. Summer Bird has been turned over to Tim Ritchey. Ice has spent the remainder of the winter attempting to rebuild his stable.

"It was hard watching him walk out of the barn," Ice said Thursday morning in barn 56 at Belmont. "I'm not going to lie, I miss the horse, but I've got to continue to try to keep my career going and I'm doing that. I picked up three or four new owners. It's just a rebuilding process right now. I was going through the same thing before Dr. J came along."

Ice arrived Thursday morning with seven horses, though he said he should be up to 20 head in the near future. One of his new clients is John Ed Anthony, who races under the name Shortleaf Stable and will send Ice seven 2-year-olds. Anthony also is the owner of Ice's best 3-year-old, New Madrid, who finished sixth in the Arkansas Derby last weekend.

Ice is hoping that New Madrid could take him to another Belmont Stakes, something that he hasn't entirely ruled out. Ice will put blinkers on New Madrid for his next start, presumably an allowance race.

"I think the colt will run all day long, but he's got to step it up a little bit if we're going to give him a chance at the Belmont," said Ice, who put blinkers on Summer Bird for the first time in the Belmont. "That's what we were thinking. He's a long-legged colt that will run all day long. I think the mile and a half, he will relish it, but he's got to run a little straighter than what he has."

Ice also is high on Graysonia, a 3-year-old son of Forestry who is winless in three starts, two for Ice.

Ice went 4 for 4 on the NYRA circuit last year. While it is unrealistic to believe he can remain unbeaten, Ice is hoping to remain competitive.

"I think I brought horses in that can compete here," Ice said. "The lesser ones I sent to Louisiana Downs."

Godolphin settling in at Belmont

While Ice and his horses were settling in at one end of the Belmont Park backstretch, a dozen horses from Sheikh Mohammed's powerful Godolphin Stable were doing the same at the other end of the barn area.

Godolphin won nine graded stakes on this circuit last year - and 13 in North America overall - en route to an Eclipse award as the leading owner. Regal Ransom, who won the Super Derby last year, heads the Godolphin contingent that includes Desert Party, Gayego, West Side Bernie, and Atomic Rain.

Sara Louise and Vineyard Haven, who both won graded events last year, are expected to join the Godolphin contingent Saturday. They spent the winter in Kentucky. Godolphin also has a 3-year-old in Tahitian Warrior, whom they bought privately after an impressive dirt debut at Gulfstream in January. Tahitian Warrior finished 10th in a turf allowance race in Dubai.

Gone is the powerful quartet of stakes-winning mares, including Music Note, Seventh Street, Cocoa Beach, and Flashing.

"We're a little lighter than we have been in past years," said Rick Mettee, who oversees Godolphin's New York string. "But we're not crying poverty."

Midshipman, the 2008 juvenile champion, also came over but was sent to Kentucky after suffering a reoccurrence of a soft-tissue injury he suffered early in his 3-year-old season. He will be evaluated later in the summer to see if he can return to the races.

Cohen, Saez escape injury in spill

Jockeys David Cohen and Gabriel Saez escaped serious injury after the two were involved in a spill in Thursday's fourth race.

Cohen was aboard Long Con, who broke the humerus in his right fore during the running of a one-mile turf race. Saez, aboard Mount Karakorum, fell over Long Con, who was euthanized.

Cohen was taken off his remaining five mounts and went to Jamaica Medical Center, where an emergency-room attendant looked him over and released him without even taking X-rays. Cohen was expected to ride Friday.

Saez rode his remaining two mounts.

Doremifasollatido fails for bridge-jumpers

Bridge-jumpers took a bath on Doremifasollatido in Thursday's second race. A total of $90,541 was wagered to show on the filly, who was making her first start since Oct. 24 and who had been beaten 54 1/2 lengths in her last three starts last year.

Doremifasollatido finished fourth in a five-horse field, which created large show payoffs of $24.60 on Motor City Mama, $19.60 on Goodday, and $16 on Not a Peep.

Bride-jumpers made some of their money back by sending it in on Persisently, who finished second in the third. A total of $106,162 was wagered to show on Persistently out of $124,282 in the pool.