03/04/2005 12:00AM

Lion Tamer to Richter Scale


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The good news for trainers with horses pointing to next Saturday's Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship here is that the Todd Pletcher-trained Forest Danger will not be running. The bad news is Pletcher has an equally talented colt to put in the starting gate.

Barring a last-minute change of heart, Pletcher plans to run Cigar Mile winner Lion Tamer in the Grade 2, $200,000 Richter Scale and hold Forest Danger out until the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 9.

Forest Danger came off a nine-month layoff to win a fourth-level allowance race by 9 1/2 lengths Feb. 14. His final time of 1:14.44 is the fastest 6 1/2-furlong race run over Gulfstream Park's new

surface. Forest Danger earned a 118 Beyer Speed Figure, the top figure earned by any horse this year.

Lion Tamer, who has not raced since taking the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last November, is 4 for 4 at Gulfstream, including a victory in the Richter Scale last year. Pletcher is also considering running Lion Tamer in the $1 million Godolphin Mile, a one-mile dirt race on the Dubai World Cup undercard at Nad Al Sheba on March 26. Pletcher said, however, that is a less likely option.

"Lion Tamer is already a Grade 1 winner," Pletcher said Friday in his Palm Meadows office. "Seeing as Forest Danger has not won a Grade 1, we would love to be able to get that done. The way he ran in his comeback made me want to give a little more time, too."

Pletcher said he hopes to run Lion Tamer in the Richter Scale and then the $400,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Handicap at Keeneland on April. 16. Lion Tamer won that race last year as well.

Forest Danger is 4 for 5, including a win in the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct last April 10. He suffered a fractured tibia while running second in the Withers on May 1, which explained his long absence.

Pletcher had four of the 14 horses nominated to the Richter Scale, including Limehouse and Value Plus. Other notable nominees are Gygistar, Mister Fotis, Sir Shackleton, Silver Wagon, and Clock Stopper.

Savedbythelight's very last

Savedbythelight, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, will make the last start of her career in Sunday's Grade 3 The Very One Handicap, trainer Rick Violette said.

In 2003, Savedbythelight won the off-the-turf Sands Point and the Ladies Handicap on dirt. Savedbythelight went winless in seven starts in 2004 and finished seventh, beaten only 2 1/4 lengths, in the Suwannee River Handicap here Feb. 12.

"She ran huge, huge, huge," Violette said. "They flew home. She was too far back and she doesn't quicken that well, but she actually did that day. Both stakes she won she won off preps."

The Very One could also be the last race for Binya, who won this race last year. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Binya would need to run in the top three to continue her career.

"She's quite valuable as a broodmare," said McLaughlin, who trains Binya for Joe Allen. "If she wins, though, [Allen] likes to race."

Roar Emotion retired

McLaughlin confirmed that Roar Emotion, another stakes-winning mare owned by Allen, has been retired.

A 5-year-old daughter of Roar, Roar Emotion won the Demoiselle at 2, the Black-Eyed Susan at 3, and the Sabin Handicap at 4.

Wonder Again rejoins Toner

The multiple-stakes-winning mare Wonder Again rejoined trainer Jimmy Toner's Palm Meadows stable Thursday night and was to begin training Saturday for her 6-year-old campaign.

Last year, Wonder Again won the New York Handicap and the Diana Handicap and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Toner said he plans to run Wonder Again in the same five races this year as she ran last year. Her campaign will begin in the Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, June 7, and include the New York, the Diana, the Flower Bowl, and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. This year's Breeders' Cup will be held Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

"She looks good, healthy, sound," Toner said. "Glad to see her back."

Following the Breeders' Cup, Wonder Again was turned out to owner John Phillips's farm in Kentucky. She was then sent to Camden, S.C., where she hacked around the fields for a few weeks, Toner said.

Kansas City Boy to Louisiana

Trainer Ken McPeek said Friday that Kansas City Boy would be scratched from Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes and would make his next start in next Saturday's $600,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.

The runner-up in the Holy Bull, Kansas City Boy drew post 2 in the Fountain of Youth. McPeek said he preferred an outside post. McPeek said another reason he scratched is that he had another horse to run in the Fountain of Youth, Wild Desert. McPeek also said he believes the extra week would do Kansas City Boy some good.

Snowdrops points for Tampa race

Snowdrops, winner of the Suwannee River, will make her next start in the Hillsborough Handicap at Tampa Bay Downs on March 19.

Clement said he opted to skip Sunday's The Very One Handicap at Gulfstream to give the filly more time.

- Trainer Angel Penna Jr. confirmed that Mr. Light will make his next start in the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap next Sunday. Mr. Light kicked off this meet by setting a world record for one mile on the turf (1:31.41) and then came back to win the Appleton Handicap.