08/26/2005 11:00PM

Leroidesanimaux breaks inner turf record

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Leroidesanimaux, under John Velazquez, posts his seventh straight victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Leroidesanimaux may be a hard name to pronounce but it will become easier and easier to remember as he continues to win important races. His latest triumph came Saturday at Saratoga when he set a track record while defeating Silver Tree by 1 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2, $200,000 .

Leroidesanimaux, a 5-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Candy Stripes, led throughout under jockey John Velazquez, a late replacement for regular rider Jon Court. The victory was the seventh in a row for Leroidesanimaux, who is owned by T N T Stud and trained by Bobby Frankel.

Despite having been idle since winning the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Handicap at Santa Anita on March 5 and carrying high weight of 122 pounds, Leroidesanimaux went off the 3-5 favorite against five rivals and paid $3.40. His adjusted final time of 1:39.92 for 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course broke the old record of 1:39.99 set by Roman Envoy on August 3, 1992.

The track teletimer had originally posted fractions and a final time three seconds slower than the official final clockings for the race.

As expected, Velazquez sent Leroidesanimaux right to the lead and rated the favorite through fractions of 23.23 seconds, 47.31, and 1:10.77. Both Steel Light, who fanned wide into the stretch and Silver Tree, who received a perfect ground-saving trip, took runs at the leader in the final furlong, but despite Velazquez briefly dropping the reins nearing midstretch Leroidesanimaux easily repulsed both challeges and was edging clear at the end.

Silver Tree ran on willingly to finish second, a length before Steel Light.

"He's a good horse so it was just a matter of getting him fit," said Frankel. "He has been training well and has been ready to run for a while."

Frankel said Leroidesanimaux developed "a little problem" after the Kilroe so he decided to stop on him and get him ready for the end of the year.

"The Breeders' Cup Mile is our main objective," said Frankel. "We will also look at the Kelso."

The Grade 2, $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup will be run at a mile on turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 2.

Velazquez said he received word two days earlier that he would replace Court aboard Leroidesanimaux.

"It was a nice mount to pick up," said Velazquez. "I really had no anxious moments other than when I dropped the reins in the stretch."