Updated on 09/16/2011 8:14AM

Mandy's Gold gets first chance to go beyond a mile

Email

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mandy's Gold can run fast. Saturday, she will have to prove she can run far.

Mandy's Gold, a multiple sprint stakes winner, will try to stretch out beyond a mile for the first time in her career when she runs in the Grade 1, $300,000 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park.

A daughter of 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Gilded Time, Mandy's Gold is 8 for 14 lifetime with all of her wins coming at seven furlongs or shorter. She did, however, finish first in the 2001 Comely Stakes at a mile, but was disqualified for interference in what was regarded as a questionable call.

"I always wanted to stretch her out a little bit, and a mile to a mile and a sixteenth will be a good way to try and do it,' trainer Michael Gorham said this week from Delaware Park. "She doesn't need to be on the lead. If she can get a good spot and go easy for the first part of it she'll have something to finish with. She won the Comely, and did it pretty easy, and they did take her down. She's dead fit.'

Mandy's Gold is coming off a third-place finish in the Ballerina Handicap, where she set a strong pace while hounded by Raging Fever before giving way late to Shine Again. Both Shine Again and Raging Fever - who have won at 1 1/16 miles - are in the Ruffian as are You and Minister's Baby.

"I think if we had the Ballerina to do all over again I would have rather sat back off of Raging Fever and run at her,' Gorham said.

Gorham has not named a rider for Mandy's Gold. Edgar Prado, who had ridden her in the Ballerina and to a victory in the Honorable Miss, is committed to ride Minister's Baby. Michael McCarthy has won aboard Mandy's Gold the last two times has ridden her and may come up from Delaware for the mount.

Boston Common will also stretch out

Another Delaware Park shipper who will be trying to stretch out his speed is Boston Common, who will run in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap at one mile.

Boston Common is coming off second-place finishes at Saratoga in both the Amsterdam Stakes, at six furlongs, and the Grade 1 King's Bishop at seven furlongs. In both those starts, he was pressed through solid half-mile fractions, put away the other speed, but gave way to closers Listen Here in the Amsterdam and Gygistar in the King's Bishop.

Owner Richard Englander chose the Jerome over the $150,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Turfway Park.

"He's been getting a lot of pressure early and he's hung in there pretty well,' trainer Michael Pino said. "If we can get a little less pressure he might be able to get the distance. Richard was thinking it's a one-turn mile which might make it easier, but it's still a question if he can do it.'

Jorge Chavez, who rode Boston Common in the King's Bishop, will be back aboard in the Jerome, Pino said. Boston Common was to van to Belmont on Thursday and stable in Scott Lake's barn. Lake also trains for Englander.

As of Wednesday, there did not appear to be much other speed in the Jerome. Folkestone Park, who has shown speed, will not run and Tonyspal Craig, one of two Louie Roussel-trained horses considering the Jerome, is still uncertain to run.

Others who will run are City Sharpster, No Parole, Vinemeister, Rum Splasher, and Dial a Hero.

Starine to return in Flower Bowl

Bobby Frankel was back in New York on Wednesday and two of his big guns were soon to follow him here from California.

Starine, last year's Diana winner, and Milwaukee Brew, the Santa Anita Handicap winner, were expected to arrive in New York late Wednesday night for upcoming stakes engagements at Belmont.

Starine, who hasn't been out since running second by a head to Astra in the Gamely Breeders' Cup on May 27, will run in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational and, Milwaukee Brew will run in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Both races are on Sept. 28.

Frankel said Starine was supposed to work six furlongs at Del Mar on Wednesday, but her name did not appear on the work tab. Heavy fog may have forced clockers to miss some early-morning works.

Following the Gamely, Frankel said Starine was going to be retired because of an unspecified injury. But, he changed his mind when she started to come around after some time off.

"She pulled up bad on me twice and we never found out what it was,' Frankel said. "We gave her some time off, put her back in training, and she's been fine ever since. I looked at her the other day when I was out there and everything looks good.'

Milwaukee Brew is coming out of a third-place finish in the Pacific Classic, but Frankel believes the horse may prefer the sandier East Coast tracks.

Frankel also said that Chiselling, winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes, would make his next start in the $200,000 Jamaica Handicap here on Sept. 22. Aldebaran, who finished second to Orientate in the Forego, is a definite to run back in the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Sept. 21 while Squirtle Squirt, last year's Vosburgh winner and sprint champion, could run in that race or wait for the Forest Hills Handicap on Oct. 6.

Slow work for E Dubai

E Dubai, who missed the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap with a bruised foot, returned to the work tab Wednesday with an unimpressive five-furlong move in 1:05.74, the second-slowest move of 17 at the distance.

Tom Albertrani, the New York-based assistant trainer for Godolphin Racing, said the slow move might compromise E Dubai's chances at making the Gold Cup.

"We might run out of time,' Albertrani said. "``We'll have to see how he is. We'll try to put him on a schedule and see how far along we can get.'

E Dubai has not raced since winning the Suburban Handicap gate to wire on July 6.

* Whywhywhy, the Flash and Sanford Stakes winner, worked four furlongs in 49.83 seconds over Saratoga's training track Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's Grade 1, $200,000 Futurity.