Updated on 09/17/2011 2:24PM

Jerkens trying to roll a seven

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens has won six runnings of the race known as the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap. His first winner came in 1964 with the Hobeau Farm mare Beauful. His last winner came in 1998 with the 4-year-old Bohemia Stable filly Dixie Flag.

But in typical Jerkens style, he rues the one that got away. In 1974 - the year after he won the Bed o' Roses with the 3-year-old filly Poker Knight - Jerkens sold a filly named Klepto to Leon Hekimian for $15,000. She won that year's Bed o' Roses.

"Somebody said, Wasn't that nice?" Jerkens said. "I said believe me, if I thought I could win a stakes, I wouldn't have sold her."

Jerkens, who turns 75 on April 21, will attempt to win his seventh Bed o' Roses on Saturday when he saddles the enigmatic Passing Shot in the Grade 3, $150,000 race. Passing Shot, a 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, has yet to return to the form she displayed last summer when she reeled off three straight wins including an upset of the heavily favored Wild Spirit in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga.

Passing Shot has run four times since then with no success. She was soundly beaten in the Ruffian and Beldame, both Grade 1 races, last fall at Belmont Park. She encountered trouble when she finished last in the Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream in February before running fourth in the Next Move last month here.

Jerkens believes that Passing Shot simply "had too much of it" last fall when she ran in those two Grade 1 races at Belmont. Jerkens said Passing Shot had a legitimate excuse in the Sabin, but no real excuse in the Next Move.

Perhaps returning to a one-turn mile at Aqueduct will help. Passing Shot won back-to-back races under such conditions two years ago. Jerkens said Passing Shot tipped her hand last summer by how well she worked. On Sunday, Passing Shot breezed seven furlongs in 1:29.45, a little slower than Jerkens wanted.

Passing Shot will be reunited with Jose Santos, who rode her to those three victories last summer. Santos became available when his scheduled mount, Pocus Hocus, came down with a cough Tuesday morning and was declared from the race by trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

Six fillies and mares are considered definite for the Bed o' Roses, the only stakes in New York this weekend. Smok'n Frolic, the Next Move winner, will be the starting highweight at 119 pounds. California shipper Victory Encounter (118), Buy the Sport (116), Nonsuch Bay (116), and Princess Dixie (112) are also slated to run. Chirimoya (111) is a possibility.

Samyn targets Belmont return

Jockey Jean-Luc Samyn was scheduled to have a plate taken out of his right leg on Thursday and will miss about a month, his agent, Robin Carroll, said.

Samyn broke his leg last August at Saratoga and was sidelined until January. Though Samyn won aboard his first mount back, he has not won since.

"The leg's not bothering him, the doctor feels it's in his best interest to get the plate out," Carroll said. "Jean-Luc feels good, [the doctor] feels the bone looks so good, let's take [the plate] out.''

Carroll said Samyn hopes to be back on horses in the mornings in two weeks and hopes to be back riding by the second week of the Belmont Park meet. Belmont opens on May 5.

Society Selection pointed for Acorn

Society Selection, an impressive winner of last Friday's Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct, will probably pass the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30 and instead will be pointed to the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park on June 4.

Jerkens, Society Selection's trainer, said he would confer with the filly's owners, Irving and Marjorie Cowan, in the next couple days before making a final decision.

Society Selection's three-length win in the one-mile Comely was her first victory since winning the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont last October in her second career start. After the Frizette, Society Selection, a daughter of Coronado's Quest, finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. In two starts in Gulfstream Park stakes this year, she finished third and second.

About Society Selection's Comely victory in 1:35.89, Jerkens said, "The time wasn't that great, but the best part was no whip was used. That is always great."

In regard to staying in New York versus traveling to Kentucky, Jerkens added, "There are plenty of races here all year for her, so why do you have to go there?"

In addition to the one-mile Acorn, the other important races on the New York calendar this summer for 3-year-old fillies are the Mother Goose at Belmont on June 26, the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont on July 24, and the Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

In 1993, Jerkens won the Acorn, Mother Goose, CCA Oaks, and Alabama with Sky Beauty, who is among the nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame this year.

Timo's next is likely Jersey Derby

Timo, who figures to be a major player in grass races for 3-year-olds this year, likely will make his next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park on May 31.

Timo's trainer, Bill Badgett, has also given consideration to running the colt in the $100,000 Crown Royal American Turf at Churchill April 30. Timo won the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland in his last start on April 2.

"I'm leaning toward the Jersey Derby because of the timing," Badgett said at his Belmont barn Tuesday. "Although he did come out of his last race really good, I think the Monmouth race would be the way to go because it gives us a little more time. It's also a lot closer to ship."

After the Jersey Derby, Badgett said he would like to target Arlington Park's three big grass races during the summer, the Arlington Classic, American Derby, and Secretariat.

In addition to the Transylvania, Timo won last year's Pilgrim at Belmont and the Mecke at Calder.

Well Fancied may be hurt

Well Fancied, who finished eighth in last Saturday's Grade 1 Carter, came out of the race with a possible leg injury, according to his trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr.

"He didn't come out of it so good," Dutrow said. "We're not sure yet, but it might be his knee, although it X-rayed clean. He's under examination and we should know something in a few days."

Dutrow said Well Fancied, a 6-year-old gelding, would be sent to Dr. Scott Palmer's New Jersey Equine Clinic on Wednesday for further testing.

New York-bred Well Fancied, the third choice in the Carter, won the Grade 2 General George at Laurel Park in February and the Grade 3 Toboggan here last month.

Penny Dream seeks third straight

After winning two allowance races restricted to New York-breds, Penny Dream meets open company for the first time in Thursday's featured $43,000 entry-level allowance race at seven furlongs.

Penny Dream, who has won three of five starts since trainer James Ferraro added blinkers, does not meet the toughest group of open-company winners. She should get a good stalking trip from post 5 under apprentice Fernando Jara.

Punch and Beauty, trained by Allen Jerkens, could be the one to catch under jockey Shannon Uske. Itawtisawaputtytat, who figures to scratch out of a similar spot going six furlongs on Wednesday, is also worth considering.

- Additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson