05/20/2002 11:00PM

Left Bank the Met Mile heavy


ELMONT, N.Y. - Left Bank and Affirmed Success, the top-weighted horses and the headline names in a terrific lineup for Monday's $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap, worked at Belmont on Tuesday.

When Met Mile weights were released Tuesday, next in line at 119.

Congaree, assigned 117 pounds, will run in Monday's Lone Star Park Handicap instead of the Met.

On the main track, after the harrowing break, Left Bank worked in company with stablemate I'm All Yours, a New York-bred stakes runner.

Left Bank, with jockey John Velazquez in the saddle, covered five furlongs in 1:00.47 after edging away from his workmate in the final yards. The clockers timed Left Bank galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.10.

Left Bank's trainer, Todd Pletcher, said he was pleased with the move, which was the horse's first work since he won the Grade 3 Bold Ruler on May 11 for owner Michael Tabor.

"He was well within himself and galloped out good," Pletcher said. "He's a big, solid horse who carries a lot of weight. He hasn't missed a beat since his last race."

On the training track, Carter winner Affirmed Success, with jockey Richard Migliore aboard, worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.90 seconds. The clockers, who noted the track was playing on the dull side, said Affirmed Success "went easily" and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

Richard Schosberg, who trains Affirmed Success for Albert Fried Jr., said the work was his green light to proceed to the Grade 1 Met Mile with the 8-year-old gelding.

"We could wait for the Tom Fool," Schosberg said, but added that Tuesday's work "tells us he's ready. He did it easily and wasn't blowing when he came back."

The other Met Mile probables and their weights are Swept Overboard (117), Burning Roma (116), Grey Memo (116), Redattore (116), Wake at Noon (116), Aldebaran (115), Crafty C.T. (115), D'wildcat (115), and Voodoo (113). E Dubai (116) is a possible starter.

Aldebaran and Burning Roma worked five furlongs over the main track on Tuesday in 1:01.22 and 1:01.34, respectively.

Peter Pan starts weekend

The $200,000 Peter Pan, a prep for the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 8, is the first of four stakes scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday Break, the likely favorite, is expected to meet Withers winner Fast Decision, Puzzlement, Ibn Al Haitham, and Heir D' Twine in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan. Essayons, Deputy Dash, and Lord ofthe Thunder are possible starters.

John Kimmel said he would cross-enter Essayons in the Peter Pan and an allowance race for nonwinners-of-two lifetime at the same distance on Sunday.

"I might run in the Peter Pan, if I think he can get a piece of it," Kimmel said.

Fast Decision worked a half-mile in 48.02 seconds on Tuesday.

Tagg plotting Summer Note comeback

, who turned in a spectacular effort off a 28-month layoff to win an allowance race last Friday, will be pointed to a stakes campaign, with the ultimate goal being the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Summer Note, who was unraced since winning the 2000 Hutcheson in a dead heat, ran the fastest six furlongs of the Belmont meet with his final time of 1:08.86. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

Trainer Barclay Tagg hasn't ruled out running Summer Note, a 5-year-old gelding, in the $250,000 True North on June 8, but said he is inclined to give Summer Note more time in between races and might wait for the $150,000 Tom Fool on July 4.

"It was a very hard race, but he came back feeling awfully good," Tagg said.

Tagg only recently began training Summer Note after a friend, Danzel Brendemuehl, recommended him for the job to Summer Note's owner, Greg Besinger. Brendemuehl, who operates Classic Bloodstock in Ocala, Fla., cared for Summer Note during his lengthy layoff to overcome a tendon problem.

"Danzel deserves credit because he can be a very difficult horse to handle," Tagg said. "She straightened him out."

* Trainer Rusty Arnold said Victory Ride, who finished third as the favorite in last Saturday's Shuvee, came out of the race in good order and will be pointed to the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap on June 22. Shiny Band, the Shuvee winner, is also under consideration for the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps, formerly named the Hempstead.

* Volponi, preparing for the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap on June 15, earned a bullet for his half-mile work in 47.86 seconds on the training track on Tuesday.