08/15/2007 12:00AM

Indy Wind playing catch-up for Cup


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Time is running out for Indy Wind to earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park, a goal for owner-trainer Amy Tarrant with her home track hosting the championships on Oct. 26 and 27.

Indy Wind needs a strong late-season push to accumulate enough graded-stakes points or a victory in a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race like the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 30 at Belmont Park.

Tarrant hopes the Breeders' Cup bid starts Saturday in Monmouth's Grade 3, $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes.

Indy Wind has two wins in overnight stakes at Monmouth this summer plus a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile. It adds up to only 1 point. In the Breeders' Cup Classic division, Lawyer Ron has already secured one of the 14 spots in the field and Curlin holds the points lead with 34. Points become a determining factor in Breeders' Cup races that are oversubscribed.

The deficit hasn't discouraged Tarrant, who has seen Indy Wind deliver moments of brilliance interspersed with numerous setbacks that have kept the 5-year-old from reaching his full potential.

"He's got a lot of talent," Tarrant said. "We just need to get it to show. Time is of the essence and I'd like a shot at the Breeders' Cup. Everything would change if he doesn't have a good race on Saturday."

A solid effort by Indy Wind in the Iselin would embolden Tarrant to try the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Distance is a potential obstacle. Indy Wind has never raced beyond 1 1/16 miles. The Iselin is 1 1/8 miles while Jockey Club Gold Cup is run at the Breeders' Cup Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Indy Wind had his final Iselin workout Monday, going three furlongs here in 37.80 seconds.

"He's feeling great," Tarrant said. "We were very happy with his breeze the other day. He never works that hard in his breezes. He's too smart for that. He'll wait until there is competition."

The Iselin competition, according to stakes coordinator Mike Melendez, should come from Master Command, who has won three graded stakes this year; Papi Chullo, a winner of 2 of his last 3 and who was ninth last time out in the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga; Gottcha Gold, the front-running winner of the Salvator Mile; Brother Bobby; and Barcola.

Cable Boy works for Penn Derby

Cable Boy, recovered from a bout of the thumps that contributed to his fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational here on Aug. 5, remains on target for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Labor Day at Philadelphia Park.

Cable Boy, in his first workout since the Haskell, went an easy four furlongs here Monday in 52.80 seconds.

"We were just stretching his legs," said trainer Pat McBurney. "We'd like to get him down to Philly Park for one breeze before the race. Other than the thumps, he came out of the last race perfect."

The thumps, caused by an electrolyte imbalance, are the equine equivalent of a human hiccup, a rhythmic contraction of the diaphragm.

"You never know how much it affected his performance," McBurney said. "By 45 minutes after the race, it was gone."

Cable Boy was unbeaten in three races, all at Monmouth, before the Haskell.

Bullet showing by Evenings End

Tim Kelly was beaming after the bullet workout by Evenings End on Wednesday. The New Jersey-bred 2-year-old clocked 47.20 seconds for four furlongs from the starting gate with jockey Chuckie Lopez aboard.

"He just went super," Kelly said.

Evenings End worked in company with older stablemate Evening Meadow.

"I'm very high on him because he's worked great all along," Kelly said. "I liked what he did today, and I liked how he came out of it."

Evenings End has run twice here against statebreds, finishing second in his debut before posting an eight-length win on July 20. He will step up to face open company in his next start, Monmouth's Grade 3 Sapling Stakes on Sept. 2.

Turf, dirt sprints top card

Filly and mare sprinters, both turf and dirt, are featured Friday in a pair of $40,000 second-level allowances with a $32,000 claiming option.

In the grass division at five furlongs, Big City Danse is dropping a level following a third-place finish in a third-level allowance.

Trainer Jayne Vaders is using the claiming option to slip Ursula's Passion into the dirt division. The 5-year-old is a frequent winner, 11 for 36 in her career. With Philadelphia Park closed until Sept. 1, Frankie Pennington will come up to ride.