Updated on 09/17/2011 9:53AM

Indy Dancer comes off the bench


HALLANDALE Fla. - Indy Dancer, one of the most promising horses on the Kentucky Derby trail, will in all likelihood make his next start at Gulfstream Park on Saturday in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth instead of shipping to the Fair Grounds for Sunday's Risen Star Stakes, as originally planned.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's decision to keep Indy Dancer at home this weekend came after Bham, whom Pletcher had originally intended to run in the Fountain of Youth, became ill last week.

"Bham spiked a temperature and as a result definitely cannot make the Fountain of Youth," Pletcher said. "I won't make a final decision on Indy Dancer until I see who is going in both races, but at the moment I'm leaning towards keeping him here. Obviously, it's a lot easier to just ship him down the road from Palm Meadows than ship him to Louisiana. And the picture for the Fountain of Youth has become clearer, and the race doesn't appear to be coming up as tough as we'd originally thought it might."

Indy Dancer will have plenty of company if he runs in the Fountain of Youth. The other likely starters include Conservation, Ten Cents a Shine, Midway Cat, Offlee Wild, Ozzie Cat, Spite the Devil, Trust N Luck, and Whywhywhy.

Indy Dancer has won both his starts, including a last-to-first 3 1/2-length victory in a first- level allowance here on Jan. 4. Indy Dancer, a son of A.P. Indy, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 at Palm Meadows on Monday morning.

Ten Cents a Shine 'good to go'

Jerry Bailey flew back to Florida on the Sunday night red-eye from California, and before 8 o'clock Monday morning had worked the colt he will ride in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After taking Ten Cents a Shine for a five-furlong spin in 59.40 seconds, the best time of 42 at the distance on Monday morning, Bailey went up to owner Ken Ramsey and said, "You're good to go."

"He worked very well," Bailey said minutes later. "He didn't have a target, and he's much better with a target. He was professional enough to do what I wanted."

Ten Cents a Shine most recently finished in a dead heat for first in a first-level allowance race here on Jan. 31. He has two wins in three starts, and finished second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in his lone loss. Coming into the Fountain of Youth he will have the shortest layoff between starts of his career.

"Bailey had a lot of input in that," Ramsey said. "He said he needed another race before the Florida Derby."

Ken McPeek, who trains Ten Cents a Shine, is on a business trip in Brazil, and was not scheduled back in Florida until Wednesday. His top assistant, Helen Pitts, supervised Monday's workout.

From his California base, Patrick Biancone, trainer of Whywhywhy, said his colt would definitely run in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth. Biancone had left open the possibility of running in the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes, which also is Saturday. Biancone tipped his hand on Sunday, when he sent Whywhywhy out for a leisurely six-furlong breeze in 1:18.20 at Santa Anita. Whywhywhy is scheduled to fly to Florida on Wednesday.

Ozzie Cat worked a half-mile at Santa Anita on Monday in 47.80 seconds. His D. Wayne Lukas-trained stablemate Scrimshaw blew out a half in 46.80 seconds. Scrimshaw is flying with Ozzie Cat and will run in the Hutcheson. Bailey has that mount.

Spite the Devil breezed seven furlongs in 1:30.40 at Gulfstream on Monday.

Conservation worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday at the Palm Meadows training center.

Tortora pair on the fence

Trainer Manny Tortora said he still not certain whether he will run Supah Blitz or Supervisor in the Fountain of Youth.

"At the moment I'm up in the air with both horses," Tortora said. "Right now they've got the track here way too fast. There's a race coming up at Tampa which is a prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, and that's one possibility. There's also a grass race a week from Saturday which would especially fit Supervisor. I probably won't make a final decision until later this week."

Gygistar okay after comeback race

As trainer Mark Hennig watched Gygistar tire and fail to change leads in Sunday's Deputy Minister Handicap, he feared the sprint star might have reinjured the foot he tore apart just before last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint. But Hennig on Monday said Gygistar had come out of the race well, and would try to avenge his Deputy Minister setback in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship on March 8.

Gygistar could not keep pace with Native Heir, who equaled the track record by zipping 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:15.17. Gygistar finished fifth, 7 1/2 lengths behind Native Heir.

"He certainly wasn't prepared to set any track records, but I would have liked to have seen him switch leads and run on for second," Hennig said. "The track was very fast. It wasn't his kind of conditions. It was like running down Hallandale Beach Boulevard."

Hennig said that if Gygistar performs well in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint, he would hope for an invitation to the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen on the Dubai World Cup undercard on March 29.

Saarland begins anew

Saarland, who recently suffered a quarter crack that needed to be patched, breezed three furlongs on Monday morning in 37.20 seconds.

Saarland's trainer, Shug McGaughey, said the injury was a direct result of a grabbed quarter Saarland suffered in an allowance win last fall at Aqueduct.

"He grabbed himself as bad as any horse I've ever seen," McGaughey said Monday morning. "It went down into his coronet band. We had him ready to run three weeks ago, but then the quarter crack popped up."

McGaughey said he first intended to run Saarland in the Feb. 22 Donn Handicap, but those plans had to be scrapped in order to let the foot heal. Now, McGaughey is shooting for the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 29.

"It won't take long to get him ready again," McGaughey said. "I want to run him in an allowance race, and then the Gulfstream Park Handicap."

Much to look forward to

Man From Wicklow, winner of Calder's Grade 2 W. L. McKnight Handicap in his 2002 finale, is on target to launch his 2003 campaign in Sunday's Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"He's doing terrific," said his trainer, Richard Violette. "I decided to skip the Mac Diarmida here earlier in the meet because bringing him back in three weeks would have been too quick, but now he's on target for the race Sunday and to come back in the Pan American later in the meet."

Violette also said that his promising 3-year-old Typhoon Alex is about ready to resume serious training. A son of Unbridled, Typhoon Alex suffered a chip in his ankle following a 6 1/4-length victory at Aqueduct in his debut Dec. 28.

Violette said he was impressed by the time posted by Typhoon Alex in his victory. Typhoon Alex ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.47, while the earlier split of his maiden race went in 1:48.15.

"Obviously you've got to be cautious about getting too high too soon, because he did beat maidens at Aqueduct during the winter," said Violette. "But the fact he ran four seconds faster than the other split has to make you very optimistic. The way some of the better horses have gone by the wayside, I'm a little disappointed he wasn't around here this winter and on the Kentucky Derby trail. So now we'll just try to have him ready to make the Travers. Hopefully the Midsummer Derby will be our Derby for this year."

- Trainer Tom Proctor said Strength Within would skip the Hutcheson in order to remain in the allowance ranks for the time being. Strength Within won a fast maiden race here on Jan. 11.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman