07/13/2006 11:00PM

Jazil going straight to Travers


Jazil, the Belmont Stakes winner, will bypass the $500,000 Jim Dandy on July 29 and train right up to the $1 million Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 26, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Friday.

"He just needs a little bit more time between races and the distance," McLaughlin said, referring to the fact the Travers is 1 1/4 miles, compared with 1 1/8 miles in the Jim Dandy.

By electing to skip the Jim Dandy, Jazil will avoid meeting Preakness winner Bernardini twice in four weeks. Bernardini is being pointed to the Jim Dandy.

Two years ago, Nick Zito won the Travers with Birdstone, who had not run since winning the Belmont Stakes over Smarty Jones.

"With this particular horse it's not a big deal," McLaughlin said of the 11 weeks between races. "He's a light-framed horse who doesn't need a lot of racing or training."

McLaughlin also confirmed Friday that Invasor, winner of the Pimlico Special and the Suburban Handicaps, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 5.