08/15/2001 11:00PM

Jerkens on a seesaw with morning works


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had a mixed morning Thursday as he put a pair of stakes horses through their workouts.

Jerkens was beaming over the six-furlong work put in by Bay Head King, who is headed to the Grade 1 King's Bishop next Saturday, but he was disappointed in the six-furlong move put in by Dat You Miz Blue, who may run in the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 26.

Bay Head King, a son of Saint Ballado, drilled six furlongs in 1:12.65, the fastest of eight works at the distance over the main track. He worked in company with Open Sesame, who was timed for the same distance in 1:13.25.

Bay Head King is 3 for 4 lifetime, but hasn't been out since winning a second-level allowance race at Belmont on July 18. Jerkens said he chose to skip the Amsterdam Stakes earlier this meet because he didn't want to cut back to six furlongs.

"He's got good speed, he doesn't have six-furlong speed," Jerkens said. "At seven furlongs, he lays up there close without much trouble."

Bay Head King won a maiden race in December and then finished third in the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes on Jan. 15. He emerged from that race with sore shins and was given several months off. He has come back with two sharp allowance victories.

Jerkens said he expected Gary Stevens to ride Bay Head in the King's Bishop.

Jerkens was not happy with Dat You Miz Blue's six-furlong move in 1:16.45 over the training track.

"The work was a little disappointing, I thought," Jerkens said. "Usually, when she's going that easy the first part, she finishes much stronger. That wasn't the case today. She finished okay, but not like she usually does when she breezes three-quarters."

Jerkens said he is still pointing Dat You Miz Blue to the Ballerina, but he may opt for the Floral Park Handicap on Sept. 9 at Belmont, instead.

Jerkens said he may also run Big E E, a recent allowance winner, in the Forego here on Sept. 1.

Critical Eye breezes

Critical Eye, a badly beaten sixth as the 8-5 second choice in the Go for Wand Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.02 Thursday morning in preparation for the Personal Ensign Handicap on Aug. 24. It was her first move since the Go for Wand.

Trainer Scott Schwartz said he gave Critical Eye a thorough examination following the Go for Wand, but found nothing amiss. Schwartz said Critical Eye has a few quirks, and perhaps resented jockey Jerry Bailey - who was riding her for the first time - trying to keep her inside.

"She's a little on the funny side," Schwartz said. "She's a free-running filly who doesn't want to save ground. She'll take you where she wants to be. She wanted to go out and he wanted to keep her in. She never responded, she never passed a horse. I've just got to throw that race out."

Schwartz said he liked the fact that Bailey came by the barn a few days after the Go for Wand wanting to ride Critical Eye back.

A large field is shaping up for the Personal Ensign, including Beautiful Pleasure, Catch the Ring, Irving's Baby, Pompeii, Serra Lake, and possibly Lady Melesi, Princess Ellen, and Under the Rug.

Chavez takes off final two mounts

Jorge Chavez, who suffered a bruised left knee in a spill last week, was thrown from his mount, Thunderello, entering the track for Thursday's sixth race. As a precautionary measure, Chavez took off his final two mounts on the card.

"It's nothing bad," Chavez said. "I just want to make sure I'm okay. The doctor will come to my house. I definitely will ride [Friday]. In fact, I have horses to walk in the morning."

Thunderello, who was 8-5 at the time, ran off and was scratched. On the far turn, Thunderello attempted to jump the rail, but did not make it. He was reported to be okay.

Special rematch unlikely in Hopeful

Although Jump Start came out of his victory in Wednesday's Saratoga Special in good order, he is not expected to run back in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Sept. 1, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.

Lukas said he would like to stretch Jump Start out in his next start, which may come in the Futurity at Belmont Park on Sept. 16.

John Terranova, trainer of Special runner-up Heavyweight Champ, said he will nominate Heavyweight Champ to the Hopeful, but will wait a while before deciding whether he will run.

Sororal story

In a racing rarity, two fillies out of the same mare won on the same card Thursday.

Finder's Fee, a 4-year-old filly out of Fantastic Find, won the third race at Saratoga, while Indy Pick, a 3-year-old filly out of Fantastic Find, won the last race. Finder's Fee is by Storm Cat while Indy Pick is by A.P. Indy.

Both fillies are owned by Ogden Phipps and trained by Shug McGaughey.

* Distinction, who brought $4.2 million at auction, finished seventh, beaten 15 3/4 lengths in Thursday's sixth race. The race was won by Coach Knight, a $75,000 2-year-old in-training purchase by Maryland-based trainer Anthony Dutrow. A son of Seattle Slew, Distinction is now winless in two starts for owner David Shimmon and trainer D. Wayne Lukas, beaten a combined 27 lengths.

* Red Bullet, the 2000 Preakness winner, breezed five furlongs in 1:05.26 over the Oklahoma training track Thursday. His connections were to discuss whether to point for the Woodward on Sept. 8 or the Iselin at Monmouth on Aug. 26.

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