Updated on 09/15/2011 2:00PM

Lido Palace does it again

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Lido Palace (left) and jockey Jerry Bailey run past Albert the Great to win the Grade 1 Woodward at Belmont on Saturday. Tiznow, making his first start in six months, finished third.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel's dream run continued as did Nick Zito's nightmarish summer in Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes.

The Frankel-trained Lido Palace, who knocked off Zito's Albert the Great in last month's Whitney Handicap at Saratoga, upset Albert the Great on his home turf of Belmont Park, taking the Grade 1 Woodward by a length before a crowd of 12,059.

Tiznow, the defending Horse of the Year, finished a half-length back in third in his first start off a six-month layoff. It was 8 1/4 lengths back to Country Be Gold, who finished 4 3/4 lengths ahead of last-place finisher Red Bullet.

Frankel went 10 for 21 at Saratoga, winning graded stakes with six different horses. One of them was Lido Palace, who won the Whitney Handicap by two lengths over Albert the Great. Many played up the fact that he was helped by a nine-pound spread in the weights. Saturday, with all horses carrying 126 pound, Lido Palace didn't need any help.

"He's improving, let's face it," said Frankel, who trains Lido Palace for John and Jerome Amerman. "Every race I've run him he's gotten better and better. He's come along slowly. He was a good horse, now he's a really, really good horse."

Under Jerry Bailey, Lido Palace got a really, really good trip sitting third behind Albert the Great and Tiznow. Albert the Great broke sharply under Jorge Chavez and set fractions of 23.92 seconds and 46.66 while maintaining a half-length advantage over Tiznow, under Chris McCarron.

Around the turn, Albert the Great tried to open up on the field, but Tiznow made a run at him from the inside and Bailey sent Lido Palace after him from the outside. Under constant urging from Bailey, Lido Palace wore down Albert the Great in deep stretch. For Bailey, it was his fifth win in the Woodward, tying him for second with Bill Shoemaker, one behind Angel Cordero Jr.

Lido Palace covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.42 over a fast track and returned $7.80 to win.

Lido Palace is not Breeders' Cup nominated and would have to be supplemented to the $4 million Classic for a fee of $800,000. Frankel, who does not plan to run Lido Palace before then, said he will confer with the owners before making a decision.

While Frankel's good fortunes continued, so did Zito's frustrations. He has not won a race since Aug. 6 and has lost with his last 44 starters. The frustration was written all over Zito's face even as he said how pleased he was with Albert the Great's performance. It was only Albert's second loss in eight starts at Belmont.

"I'm very happy with Albert. He just got beat," Zito said. "We ran great, no excuse, that was it. Maybe [Lido Palace] is another Gentlemen."

The connections of Tiznow were pleased with his effort. After contesting the pace, McCarron took Tiznow back slightly before making another run.

"I think it was just a case of he needed a race to knock the cobwebs off of him," McCarron said.

Tiznow is scheduled to ship back to California on Wednesday before a decision will be made on where he starts next.