09/19/2006 11:00PM

Incriminate Futurity-bound


ELMONT, N.Y. - It will be many months before Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum begins to find out if the $59.9 million he shelled out on yearlings at this year's Keeneland sale was money well spent.

He did, however, get an early return on his $41.875 million investment at last year's September sale when Incriminate, who races under Maktoum's Darley banner, won his debut at Saratoga last month. Incriminate, who at $1.5 million was the ninth highest of 27 purchases Maktoum made at the sale, will try to add to his value when he runs in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Futurity at Belmont.

Incriminate will try to improve upon the runner-up Futurity finish put in by his full brother Value Plus in 2003.

Incriminate, trained by Eoin Harty, ran a very professional race on Travers Day. He raced outside of Most Distinguished for the majority of the race before edging away late to win by a half-length. He ran six furlongs in 1:10.78 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88.

"His first race was huge,'' Harty said. "He always showed me he was the best 2-year-old I had prior to that. I thought his performance was very gutty. I don't think the Futurity is going to be that deep. I think it's a pretty good spot to find out what I got.''

Harty said he doesn't feel Incriminate will have any trouble navigating the seven furlongs of the Futurity.

"I think it might be better for him,'' Harty said. "He's got a huge stride on him. I don't think distance is going to be a problem for him.''

Fernando Po is the only stakes winner expected to run in the Futurity. His stakes win came on the turf in the With Anticipation. Others expected to run include Buffalo Man, C P West, King of the Roxy, Kong's Revenge, and Sam P.

Imperial Reign to await Frizette

Imperial Reign, purchased by Sheikh Mohammed for $1 million at the Barretts 2-year-olds in training sale in March, will not contest Saturday's Grade 1 Matron, Harty said. Instead, she will wait for the Grade 1 Frizette here on Oct. 14.

Imperial Reign, a daughter of Indian Charlie, won a maiden race at Saratoga in her second start after finishing second to Five Star Daydream 24 days earlier.

"She's a big kind of light-framed filly and I bounced her back pretty quick at Saratoga to get her maiden broke,'' Harty said. "I'm afraid if I come back too quick again I might send her in the wrong direction. I'll find out if she's good enough in the Frizette.''

The Matron is coming up a solid race, with Adirondack first- and third-place finishers Octave and Magical Ride as well as Cash's Girl, Eternal Grace, Featherbed, and possibly Five Star Daydream and Meadow Breeze.

French import intriguing in Damsel

Mauralakana, a French-bred filly who beat colts several times in Europe as a 2-year-old, makes her North American debut against females in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Noble Damsel Handicap scheduled for one mile on the turf.

Patrick Biancone received Mauralakana in late August following a third-place finish behind Chaibia in a Group 3 race at Deauville on Aug. 1. Chaibia finished fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup here two weeks ago.

"She's a nice filly," Biancone said. "She ran pretty good races over there. She has never won a big one; she was in the mix and in the fight all the time. The owner's a friend of mine and said 'Do you want to take her?' It's our first step in this country, but she could be the real thing.''

Mauralakana shows two bullet workouts over Saratoga's turf training track.

"She worked well, we're happy with her,'' Biancone said. "She's not going to be as sharp as a knife because it's her first race here, but I'd be surprised if she doesn't run well.''

Bright Abundance, who won this race last year, and Pommes Frites, a neck away from having a five-race win streak, heads the field. Others expected to run are Karen's Caper, Prop Me Up, Rahys' Appeal, Safari Queen, His Beauty, and possibly Sabellina.

Gimme Credit wins fifth straight

Under a rail-skimming ride from Edgar Prado, Gimme Credit ($5.10) recorded his fifth consecutive victory by winning the $70,500 Wanderkin Stakes by a half-length over longshot Good Going Darl. It was another length back to Classic Pack in third.

It was the fifth straight victory for Gimme Credit, who had won the Equalize Stakes against open company in her last start at Saratoga.

In the Wanderkin, Prado had Gimme Credit up close and on the inside while Dormeletto and Indian Hawke dueled through fractions of 23.74 seconds, 47.55, and 1:12.48. Indian Hawke, under Jose Santos, came off the rail turning for home and Prado shot his horse through the opening.

Gimme Credit, a New York-bred son of Artax owned by Hampshire Farms and trained by Tim Hills, covered the mile in 1:36.76 over a Widener Turf Course labeled good.

'Nobiz' breezes toward Champagne

Nobiz Like Shobiz, a 2-year-old son of Albert the Great who won his debut by 10 3/4 lengths here on Sept. 9, breezed four furlongs in 49.13 seconds Wednesday morning over Belmont's main track. He is being pointed to the Grade 1 Champagne here on Oct. 14.

Simon Harris was aboard for the work, which trainer Barclay Tagg described as a "maintenance breeze.''

"Simon got off him and said he felt better than he did even before he ran,'' Tagg said. "He said he just felt like a superior horse. That makes you feel good.''

Among the horses Nobiz Like Shobiz will meet in the Champagne is Scat Daddy, winner of the Sanford Stakes and runner-up in the Hopeful.

* Biancone said City Snitch, a 2-year-old son of Carson City who won a maiden race by 11 1/4 lengths on opening day at Saratoga in July, is out for the year after having a chip taken out of an ankle.

- additional reporting by Glenye Cain