09/27/2007 11:00PM

Jerkens eyes a 4th Gold Cup upset

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Allen Jerkens goes for his fourth victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sunday and, as usual, he won't be favored to get it.

But the Hall of Fame trainer earned the nickname the "Giant Killer" in part for his work in this race. In 1973, Jerkens sent out Prove Out against 1-5 Riva Ridge and won the race by nearly five lengths. In 1975, Jerkens's Group Plan beat 1-5 Wajima by a neck.

Then came 1998 when Jerkens's 34-1 shot Wagon Limit upset both Skip Away, the 1-5 favorite, and Gentlemen, the 2-1 second choice.

"Those two guys thought it was a match race between the two of them and they got worn out," Jerkens said, referring to Jerry Bailey aboard Skip Away and Corey Nakatani on Gentlemen. "It was a muddy day, too. I thought, 'Oh, boy, he's going to be third,' but he kept on coming. Skip Away and Gentlemen, they really tore into each other to beat each other."

On Sunday, Jerkens will send out Political Force against Lawyer Ron, the Whitney and Woodward winner, and Curlin, the Preakness winner.

Political Force won the Grade 1 Suburban over this track in July, but was well-beaten by Lawyer Ron in the Woodward.

Political Force has shown a fondness for Belmont. In addition to winning the Suburban, he finished second in the Metropolitan Handicap and was second, albeit disqualified to third, in the Westchester.

"He was lucky last time," Jerkens said of Political Force's Suburban. "He ran a good race that day, came on nice, kept running. He's run pretty good all year."

Coa wins five on Friday's card

Jockey Eibar Coa won five races from eight mounts on Friday's card, becoming the first jockey to accomplish the feat at Belmont Park in three years. On Sept. 9, 2004, Javier Castellano went 5 for 10.

The five-win day came one day after Rafael Bejarano won four on Thursday's card.

Coa is the second jockey to win five races on a NYRA card this year. Ramon Dominguez did it twice - on Jan. 19 over Aqueduct's inner track and April 13 over Aqueduct's main track.

After finishing third on his first mount Friday, Coa won the second with Inda ($3.90). He finished fourth and second with his next two mounts before with winning with his final four mounts. He won the fifth on Dose of Reality ($4.40), the sixth with Anak Nakal ($37.80), the seven with Oh Deanne O ($19.60), and the ninth with Heavenly Ballad ($5.60).

The five-win day put Coa in first place in the rider standings with 22 wins, four more than Cornelio Velasquez.

Shamdinan switched to Penna

Out of the blue, Angel Penna Jr. wound up with a Breeders' Cup Turf horse.

Triple B Farms made a trainer change earlier this week, transferring Shamdinan from Doug O'Neill to Penna.

"He's a nice, classy horse, but I am no longer part of that," O'Neill said. "We have parted ways."

Shamdinan earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Turf with a win in the Secretariat Stakes, a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race run at Arlington Park on Aug. 11.

The Secretariat was Shamdinan's first race in the United States after launching his career in Europe. In his second start in this country, Shamdinan ran fifth in Belmont's Man o' War Stakes, his first race against older horses.

O'Neill left Shamdinan with Penna following the Man o' War with the intention of running horse in Sunday's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

"I had the horse in my care," Penna said. "Then I was told I was the trainer of the horse, officially. I was as surprised as Doug was."

Penna then mapped out a different game plan. Instead of facing multiple Grade 1 winner English Channel in the Turf Classic, Shamdinan will run next in Belmont's Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 6.

"The Hirsch was the plan at the beginning, but then we viewed the videotape," Penna said. "I think it was a little too much. He's already in the Breeders' Cup, so we don't have to worry about that. The owner is still committed to running in the Breeders' Cup."

The Jamaica is also scheduled to be the next start for Nobiz Like Shobiz and Summer Doldrums.

Teuflesberg forced to miss Vosburgh

After enduring an iron-horse campaign the last two years, something finally forced Teuflesberg to miss a race.

Trainer and part-owner Jamie Sanders said Friday that Teuflesberg came out of a four-furlong workout in 51.80 seconds on Thursday with some mucus in his lungs, forcing him to miss Sunday's Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont.

"It's a Grade 1," she said. "Anytime you get in a Grade 1 you got to be 100 percent. He may not be 100 percent right now."

Sanders said depending how quickly Teuflesberg comes around he will either run in next Saturday's $250,000 Phoenix Stakes or the Oct.o13 Perryville, both at Keeneland.

Quarter crack sidetracks Art Master

Bobby Frankel said Friday morning that he planned to scratch Art Master out of Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap after discovering a quarter crack in one of the colt's hind feet.

Frankel also said he didn't like the outside post that Art Master drew.

Frankel said he patched the quarter crack on Friday, and if the horse trains satisfactorily this coming week, he could surface in next Saturday's $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

"The gods are telling me it's not your deal," Frankel said about the Kelso. "You got to follow that thing, don't fight them."

Ice Cool Kitty right back in Beldame

Fresh off her victory in the restricted Floral Park Stakes on Thursday, Ice Cool Kitty was entered against Grade 1 company in Sunday's $600,000 Beldame.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said owner Lansdon Robbins would like to get Ice Cool Kitty a Grade 1 placing if he could. Robbins stands the stallions Offlee Wild and First Samurai.

Dutrow also said that Ice Cool Kitty came out of her Floral Park victory in good shape and noted that she is 3 for 4 over Belmont's main track.

"If she didn't come out of her race good, I wouldn't have entered her," Dutrow said. "I would love to see her pick up a check for the guy. It would make him very, very happy."

- additional reporting by Mike Farrell