07/28/2005 11:00PM

Island Sand, R. Lady Joy look to Saratoga


The winners of Delaware Park's two biggest races could show up soon at Saratoga.

Island Sand, who ended a winless drought that lasted more than a year when she captured the $1 million Delaware Handicap on July 17, is pointing toward the Grade 1, $400,000 Personal Ensign on Aug. 26.

R. Lady Joy, the 17-1 upset winner of the $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 16, is under consideration for the Grade 1 Alabama on Aug. 20. Trainer Kirk Ziadie said he is also taking a long look at the Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks, a Grade 3 race worth $200,000, on Aug. 14.

Ziadie, who is based at Monmouth during the summer, said he is more concerned with the timing of the two races than the purse or the distance. The Alabama is worth $750,000 and run at 1 1/4 miles. In contrast, the Monmouth Oaks is worth $200,000 and run at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the Delaware Oaks.

"She came out of the Oaks a little tired because she ran her heart out," Ziadie said of R. Lady Joy's performance at Delaware, for which she earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. "I'm just letting her tell me when she will be ready to go back to the track. We will see how she is when she does go back to the track. The owner, Rich Averill, would love to run in the Alabama, but we also have the Monmouth race under consideration, so it really all depends on the timing right now."

Trainer Larry Jones, based at Ellis Park in Kentucky, said Island Sand went back to the track Tuesday morning for the first time since winning at Delaware.

"Everything's good," Jones said. "More than likely, she will make her next start in the Personal Ensign."

Like the Delaware Handicap, for which Island Sand got a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, the Personal Ensign is a 1 1/4-mile race.

Sweet Science to Saratoga

Sweet Science, second in the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup at Delaware on July 16, will make her next start in a turf stakes at Saratoga.

According to trainer H. Graham Motion, Sweet Science, who got an 89 Beyer in her first stakes attempt, is under consideration for the $60,000 Waya, a 1 1/2-mile stakes on Aug. 12, or the $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap, a Grade 3 race at 1 3/8 miles on Sept. 5.

Motion said Sweet Science confirmed she is a stakes-caliber filly in the Robert Dick, in which she was able to split horses despite being blocked in the stretch and get up for second by a nose.

"Considering it was her first time in [stakes] company and her first time going a mile and three-eighths, I thought it was a pretty big effort," Motion said. "She proved that she is this caliber of filly. I was asking a lot of her and she handled it all."