12/23/2008 12:00AM

Lucky Island back to reclaim status

Barbara D. Livingston
After poor outings in the Forego and Vosburgh, Lucky Island was found to have a hoof injury. Unraced since September, he will go in the Gravesend.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With four consecutive victories, including graded stakes scores in the Bold Ruler and Tom Fool, Lucky Island had risen through the ranks of the sprint division by early summer. But just as he was about to stake his claim to the top of the division, things went wrong.

In the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga on Aug. 17, where he was the 3-5 favorite in a field of 10, Lucky Island stumbled badly at the start, never really recovered and finished sixth, 7 1/4 lengths behind First Defence. One month later, in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, Lucky Island could not get a hold of the sloppy track and finished sixth, 20 1/4 lengths behind Black Seventeen.

Shortly after the Vosburgh, it was determined that Lucky Island had suffered a wall separation in a hind hoof and needed time off. Seemingly over that problem and with six workouts under his belt, Lucky Island is set to return to the races in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct.

Lucky Island will join fellow multiple stakes winners Fabulous Strike and Songster in an extremely strong renewal of the Gravesend, which ironically loses its graded status following Saturday's running.

Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, said in addition to the wall separation, Lucky Island had lost some weight and may have been spent from his campaign.

Magnuson credited blacksmith Mark Dewey with doing a terrific job on Lucky Island's hoof. The horse had trained in a bar shoe for a while, but that was removed recently, and he won't wear it in the Gravesend, run at six furlongs.

"He's training as well as he ever did," Magnuson said Monday. "We're hoping that with the freshening and with Mark's work that we're in good shape. He definitely dropped weight from running all summer."

Lucky Island will be ridden by Alan Garcia on Saturday from post 4. The Gravesend field, from the rail out, comprises Night Stand (Robert Alvarado), Fabulous Strike, (Ramon Dominguez), Songster (Rajiv Maragh), Lucky Island (Garcia), Good Card (Javier Castellano), Grand Champion (Richard Migliore), True Quality (C.C. Lopez), and Cavallo Pazzo (Channing Hill).

Grand Champion now with Hushion

Grand Champion, who has made all of his 16 starts with trainer Jimmy Jerkens, will run in the Gravesend for trainer Mike Hushion. He was one of three horses owners Susan and John Moore moved from Jerkens to Hushion for the winter.

Hushion said he is under the impression that the move is only temporary and that the horses will be going back to Jerkens in the spring. Jerkens sent the bulk of his stable to Gulfstream Park for the winter, though he did leave several in New York with an assistant.

"I've only had him a week," Hushion said of Grand Champion, who is coming off a fourth-place finish to Fabulous Strike in the Fall Highweight. "I'm just following Jimmy's instructions."

Get Serious heads large Alex M. Robb

Get Serious, the dominant winner of the Alysheba Stakes at the Meadowlands on Nov. 14, heads what could be a 10-horse field for Sunday's $65,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap restricted to New York breds.

Get Serious, a 4-year-old son of City Zip trained by John Forbes, had enjoyed most of his success on the turf before splashing his way to a 4 3/4-length score in the Alysheba at the Meadowlands.

Others expected for the Robb, contested at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track, include Almighty Silver, Classic Pack, Dr. D.F.C., Icabad Crane, Love Abroad, R Clear Victory, Run With the Lark, See More Spirit, and That'srightofficer.

Delosvientos targets Gallant Fox

Marathon distance specialist Delosvientos will return to the races in the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap at 1 5/8 miles on Dec. 31, his owner-trainer, Giuseppe Iadisernia, said Monday.

Delosvientos is 4 for 4 at 1 1/2 miles, a distance that became in vogue in 2008 with the creation of the Breeders' Cup Marathon. Delosvientos won several BC Marathon prep races, including the Grade 2 Brooklyn at Belmont in June and the Point Given at Monmouth in September. He didn't participate in the BC Marathon itself because it was run on a Saturday and Iadisernia doesn't race his horses on Saturdays because of religious observances.

Delosvientos was entered to run in the Coyote Lakes Stakes here on Dec. 3, but was scratched because of a cough, Iadisernia said through an interpreter.

"I didn't want to risk the horse in that race," Iadisernia said. "For this race, the horse is dong very good - perfect shape."

On Dec. 18, Delosvientos worked a mile in 1:43.18 over the Belmont training track.

Others pointing to the Gallant Fox include the top three finishers from the Coyote Lakes - Lorccan, Lord Kipling, and Critical Acclaim - as well as Irish Majesty, Jade's Revenge, Senior, and possibly Pampered Sir.

Cold doesn't stop Levine runners

It was 13 degrees Monday morning with a wind-chill factor a couple of degrees below zero, but that didn't stop trainer Bruce Levine from preparing his horses for their upcoming assignments.

Of the 22 recorded workouts Monday over Belmont's training track, at least 15 of them were turned in by Levine-trained horses. Main Street, a 3-year-old daughter of Street Cry, worked four furlongs in 48.15 seconds, the fastest of 14 moves at the distance. Main Street has won her last two starts, including a 7 1/2-length score at the Meadowlands last out over a sloppy track. Levine is pointing her to the Restored Hope Stakes here on New Year's Day.

Coli Bear, a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter, worked four furlongs in 49.29 seconds in preparation for a start in the $65,000 Interborough handicap, also on New Year's Day.

Levine said he opted to work on Monday because the track was not in good shape the previous few days because of the winter weather that hit the area over the weekend.

"It's been five days since you had a racetrack that was decent," Levine said. "You hate to wait to breeze them all the day before Christmas, because you're not going to get them all in. You got to work around the weather."