09/08/2005 11:00PM

Leroidesanimaux to run in Atto Mile

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Clever Electrician successfully defends his title Friday in the $104,500 MacArthur on opening day at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Bobby Frankel toyed with the idea of simply training Leroidesanimaux up to the Breeders' Cup Mile. But as often is the case with Frankel, he has changed his mind.

Leroidesanimaux, a winner of seven consecutive races, will make his next start in the $1 million Atto Mile next Sunday at Woodbine. Leroides-animaux comes off a victory in the Four-stardave Handicap at Saratoga in which he set an inner turf course record by running 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.92.

"It's a million dollars, or $888,000 American," Frankel said, "and we got plenty of time to the Breeders' Cup. I don't think he ran his best number at Saratoga. The only problem is he has to give Artie Schiller weight."

Frankel said Leroidesanimaux has shown no ill effects from his victory in the Fourstardave, primarily because he got away with relatively easy fractions early. Frankel planned to work Leroidesanimaux over Belmont's turf course on Sunday and ship him to Canada on Wednesday. John Velazquez will ride.

Artie Schiller, who has won a pair of Grade 2 races this year, is also on schedule for the Atto Mile, provided he works well here on Sunday, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said. Jerkens said the presence of Leroidesanimaux does not factor in his decision to run.

"If you wait long enough, all you do is wait long enough for something to happen to them," Jerkens said.

Frankel a stakes underdog again

Frankel closed out the Saratoga meet by pulling off an upset in the Grade 1 Forego with 15-1 shot Mass Media. Sunday, Frankel will again find himself in the underdog role in a pair of graded stakes at Belmont.

In the Grade 1, $300,000 Ruffian Handicap, a race he has won the last two years, Frankel sends out the improving Taygete against multiple Grade 1 winners Stellar Jayne and Society Selection. In the Grade 2, $200,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup, Frankel will send out Greek Sun against the undefeated Shakespeare.

Taygete, a daughter of Miswaki, has won her last two races, including a solid third-level allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 10. She gets in light and figures to stalk the pace while getting first run ahead of Society Selection.

"She's training really well," Frankel said. "She ran good the other day. Her numbers are improving. If she runs back to her last race, she's got a chance."

Greek Sun has not been out since winning the Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita last October. Frankel explained that Greek Sun was plagued by an injury to his sesamoids that prompted Frankel to give him four months off.

"If you go on with it you weaken it," Frankel said. "He's been ready to run for the last two or three weeks."

Frankel mentioned that Mass Media could run in the Grade 1 Vosburgh here on Oct. 1, but only if he drew an outside post. Frankel is pointing I'm the Tiger to the Vosburgh after his second-place finish behind Pomeroy in the Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

Levine takes two on opening day

Opening day of the fall meet at Belmont Park brings out the best in Bruce Levine's barn. The trainer won two races Friday as Belmont reopened before a crowd of 4,996.

The highlight of Levine's afternoon was a repeat victory by Clever Electrician ($6.10) in the $104,500 General Douglas MacArthur Stakes for New York-breds.

"It's just funny," Levine said. "Last year was the same thing. It's just the way the races fell."

Friday's Levine double fell short of last year, when the stable won three on opening day, including the MacArthur victory by Clever Electrician.

Levine has been on a roll. He won two on Sunday, closing day at Saratoga, and the pair of victories Friday extended the winning streak to four. The streak ended in the ninth race when Preminger finished eighth.

Clever Electrician, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, defended his MacArthur title by taking the battle right to Yankee Mon, the 1-2 favorite.

Clever Electrician beat Papua by 1 1/4 lengths, with Yankee Mon a head back in third. Clever Electrician ran the seven furlongs on the fast track in 1:22.77.

One noticeable glitch on opening day was the failure of the two infield matrix boards that display mutuel prices and fractional times.

Both were down at the start of the card. The board closest to the eighth pole came back to life after a couple of races; the board past the finish line never functioned properly.

Evening Attire tries turf again

With limited suitable dirt options, and with no rain in the immediate forecast, trainer Pat Kelly has opted to run Evening Attire in Sunday's Belmont Breeders' Cup on turf.

Evening Attire has run three times on turf, his best performance being a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Knickerbocker Handicap over a firm Aqueduct course last October. Following that, he was eighth as the favorite in the Red Smith Handicap over a yielding course.

"He didn't run bad in his one race on firm turf," Kelly said. "His one bad race was on soft turf. I don't know what else to do. No allowance races are going to fill. I would enter for main track only, but there's no rain coming."

Evening Attire, who won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2002, has lost his last eight races dating back 13 months.

Shaniko to aim for Kentucky Cup

Trainer Todd Pletcher was expected to scratch Shaniko from Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes to point for next Saturday's $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.

Pletcher said he would scratch Shaniko from the Woodward unless either Commentator or Saint Liam was withdrawn.

"In order for him to win [the Woodward] he's got to step forward," Pletcher said of Shaniko, who has yet to win a stakes race. "We'd rather take a shot at winning a stake as opposed to being Grade 1 placed."

Spun Sugar on vacation

Pletcher reported that Spun Sugar, winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, has been given the rest of the year off. Spun Sugar has been sent to owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Pletcher said that there is nothing physically wrong with Spun Sugar, but that Stronach wanted to give her a freshening and point for a 4-year-old campaign. After winning the Black-Eyed Susan, Spun Sugar finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose, third in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, and second in the Grade 1 Alabama.

* Rafael Bejarano took off his mounts Friday complaining of flu-like symptoms. The illness cost him one winner as Norberto Arroyo Jr. guided International Cat ($41.20) to victory in a maiden turf race for 2-year-olds.

- additional reporting by Mike Farrell