02/26/2007 12:00AM

Jerkens not worried about Corinthian bounce


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - "The bounce guys should have a field day," trainer Jimmy Jerkens quipped when he confirmed that he planned to bring his rambunctious but extremely talented Corinthian back on 23 days' rest off a career-best performance in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Corinthian earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106 for his 9 1/2-length victory over Jazil in a second-level allowance race on Feb. 8. It was his first start since closing out his injury-plagued 3-year-old campaign at Saratoga in July.

"I guess you can say he's coming back a little quick by today's standards," said Jerkens. "You never know how horses will bounce back from a race like that, but so far he's given no indication he's regressed any."

Corinthian completed his final major work in preparation for the Gulfstream Park Handicap by breezing six furlongs in 1:14.60 at Palm Meadows training center on Sunday. He also was schooled in the paddock here before Monday's first race.

"It was a nice, useful work," said Jerkens. "He started off slow and finished fast. This horse is still studdish, which makes him dangerous, and I worry about that. But I don't think he could have behaved any better than he did before his last race."

While the "bounce guys" might not be afraid of Corinthian in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, his presence has scared off most of his peers, with only two other horses, Hesanoldsalt and A. P. Arrow, confirmed for the race. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Monday he was 60-40 not to bring Jazil back against Corinthian in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Jazil worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds at Palm Meadows on Monday.

The news from the Jerkens camp wasn't as good regarding Sir Greeley, who had been scheduled to run Saturday in the Grade 2, $225,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"He's got a big chip in his hind ankle," Jerkens reported. "Fortunately the prognosis is good. We'll pluck it out, and he should be back by the summer. He also had a bunch of chips taken out when he was a 2-year-old."

Sir Greeley finished second, beaten a neck by Mister Fotis, in the 2006 Richter Scale.

Magical Ride returns in allowance

The regally bred Magical Ride, who disappointed as the favorite in a pair of graded stakes last year in New York, will make her 3-year-old debut Wednesday in a first-level allowance race here at 6 1/2 furlongs.

A daughter of Storm Cat and the Grade 1-winning mare Victory Ride, Magical Ride was a four-length debut winner last July at Belmont. Sent off the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga, Magical Ride dueled for the lead before fading late, two lengths behind Octave. She was again favored in the Grade 1 Matron, but rating tactics didn't work, and she finished a well-beaten fifth. Trainer Rusty Arnold stopped on her after that.

"She had a little bit of a shin - it wasn't bad and she had it from day one," Arnold said. "She had some other little things that aggravated her just a little bit. Some horses train through them, and she was growing, so we stopped on her and gave her some time. I think that's all she needed, hopefully. We'll find out."

Magical Ride may get hooked early by Quality Affair, a recent maiden winner trained by Allen Jerkens. A speed duel between those two fillies could set things up for either Silverinyourpocket, a first-out winner for trainer Helen Pitts, or Extra Classy, a debut winner from the Todd Pletcher stable.

Forward Gal the spot for Boca Grande

After hemming and hawing this winter about what race to bring his filly Boca Grande back in, trainer Shug McGaughey has settled on the Grade 2, $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes to be run here on March 10. The Forward Gal is run at seven furlongs.

Boca Grande, a daughter of A.P. Indy out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Country Hideaway, has not run since winning the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct last Nov. 25. She has been training regularly since arriving at Gulfstream in late December, working eight times, including a half-mile move in 48.60 seconds Monday morning.

McGaughey had thought about shipping Boca Grande up to New York for last Sunday's Busher Stakes, but couldn't get a flight and didn't want to send her by van. He also believes a seven-furlong race would be better for Boca Grande than the nine-furlong Bonnie Miss, run the same day as the Forward Gal.

"She's done fine all winter, but I just couldn't get a bead on her," McGaughey said. "The Forward Gal will get her started, then I'll make up my mind what to do from there. I sort of kicked myself for not running in the Davona Dale, but I couldn't have taken her over with the right feeling. I don't want to run her a mile and an eighth first time over this racetrack and gut her."

Slam Bammy going for Dubai invitation

It is trainer Joe Orseno's desire to run Slam Bammy in the $5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen next month. To earn a ticket to that race, Slam Bammy will have to run well in Saturday's Richter Scale.

Orseno planned on using the Mr. Prospector Handicap here on Jan. 7 as a prep for the Golden Shaheen, but had to scratch Slam Bammy when he got injured in his stall.

"If he could be 1-2-3 in the Richter Scale, he still might get an invite to Dubai," Orseno said. "I really would like to try him in that six-furlong straight. For that kind of money I'd like to take a chance."

Slam Bammy really came to hand last fall at the Meadowlands, where he won two stakes and set a track record for six furlongs, winning the Rutgers University Stakes in a time of 1:07.62 under jockey Rajiv Maragh.

"Rajiv has figured this horse out," Orseno said. "I've always said if I could get somebody to sit on him the first quarter, and he sits on him the first quarter and just lets him do what he wants to do and doesn't send him. His last two races have been great because he let him do that."

Others pointing to the Richter Scale include Bright One, Dark Cheetah, Diabolical, Half Ours, Mach Ride, Nar, and Park Avenue Ball.

Round Pond on target for Rampart

Trainer Michael Matz confirmed Sunday that Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Round Pond remains on target to launch her 2007 season on March 11 in the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap. Round Pond drilled a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 Saturday at Palm Meadows. The work was her sixth since she returned to serious training following her 5 1/2-length victory in the Distaff.

"Her work was absolutely beautiful," said a smiling Matz when asked about Round Pond's progress. "She couldn't be doing better."

- additional reporting by David Grening