08/25/2003 11:00PM

Milwaukee Brew likely to be retired


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel has lost 17 consecutive races at Saratoga and went winless in six Grade 1 races over the weekend from coast to coast. Now, for the bad news.

Milwaukee Brew and Sea of Showers, two of Frankel's bevy of graded stakes winners, came out of their respective weekend races with injuries and are expected to be retired. Milwaukee Brew has been removed from the Classic field for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Future Wager, reducing the number of individual betting interests to 22 plus the field.

Milwaukee Brew, who finished fourth in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, injured his left front ankle and will definitely not run again this year. Since he is a 6-year-old, has won multiple Grade 1 races and earned $2,879,612 for Frank Stronach, it is likely he will be retired, Frankel said.

"He's got what's called a palmer surface defect, which is basically just wear and tear from racing,'' Frankel said Tuesday. "If you go on with him there's a good chance you could get a condylar fracture.''

Frankel said Milwaukee Brew would need at least four months off. The biggest disappointment about losing Milwaukee Brew for Frankel is the fact he loves Santa Anita - he has won the last two runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap - the site of this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Meanwhile, Sea of Showers, who finished last as the favorite in Saturday's Grade 2 Ballston Spa Breeder's Cup at Saratoga, came out of the race with a partially paralyzed throat. She has definitely been retired, Frankel said.

"She always had a suspect throat,'' he said. "You could see her head went up in the air at one point. She's only got one side of her throat getting air.''

Sea of Showers, a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Aldebaran and Good Journey, by Seattle Slew, had won her first three starts in North America, including the Grade 3 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. She retires with a record of 5-0-1 from nine starts and earnings of $161,555 for Flaxman Stable.

Though Frankel lost all six Grade 1 races he was in over the weekend - and went 0 for 7 on Travers Day at Saratoga - not all of his horses ran poorly. Wild Spirit was beaten a nose in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Friday, Peace Rules finished second in the Travers, Ghostzapper finished a fast-closing third in the King's Bishop on Saturday, and Medaglia d'Oro finished second in the Pacific Classic.

Frankel said War Zone, who finished ninth in the Fourstardave, came out of the race with mucus in his lungs. The only horse Frankel was really disappointed in was Summer Scene, a 3-year-old filly who finished next-to-last in an entry-level allowance race.

Frankel said he might try Ghostzapper on the turf next.

Aldebaran drills for Forego

Frankel felt some of his horses - most notably Wild Spirit - did not breeze properly coming up to their races. He wasn't going to let the same thing happen with Aldebaran leading into Sunday's Grade 1 Forego Handicap.

Aldebaran on Tuesday worked five furlongs in 59.27 seconds under jockey Javier Castellano. Frankel put two horses, Make My Dayjur and Larry King, eight lengths in front of Aldebaran, who rolled past those two in the stretch and finished three lengths in front. Aldebaran has not raced since winning the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on July 4.

"I've been messing up a little bit,'' Frankel said. "I wanted to make sure they didn't mess up this one. I've been taking it easy with him since after the [Tom Fool]. The work wasn't hard on him; he didn't come back blowing. He's got to carry a lot of weight, you have to have a dead-fit horse.''

Aldebaran, who also won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, was assigned 123 pounds for the Forego, run at seven furlongs. Others expected to run, and their weight assignments, are Gygistar (119), My Cousin Matt (115), Highway Prospector (114), Najran (114), Proud Citizen (114), and Mike's Classic (113). Sing Me Back Home (113), Aggadan (111), and Whywhywhy (110) are possible.

Pat Day has picked up the mount on Gygistar as Jerry Bailey, who rode Gygistar in his last start, is also the regular rider of Aldebaran.

Volponi's next start on turf

Volponi, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, will make his next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap, a nine-furlong turf race on Sept. 13, trainer Phil Johnson confirmed Tuesday.

Volponi finished second in that race last year, and then ran second in the Meadowlands Cup on dirt before winning the Classic. Johnson said he is considering using the same route and, as he did last year, plans to pre-enter Volponi in two Breeders' Cup races. Last year it was the Classic and Mile; this year it's the Classic and Turf, run at 1 1/2 miles.

Volponi has finished second in all five of his starts this year. Johnson said the switch to turf is just to change things up.

"It's a freshener for him,'' Johnson said. "It's also a $200,000 purse, which helps.''

Johnson said he may be enticed to run in the BC Turf this year because "I don't think the American horses are scary at all,'' he said. "And High Chaparral,'' last year's BC Turf winner "just made his comeback.''

America America returns to America

If experience and seasoning count for anything, America America could be a live longshot in Friday's Grade 1, $200,000 Spinaway Stakes for juvenile fillies.

America America, owned and trained by Franck Mourier, already has made nine starts and raced in three countries. She began her career at Gulfstream Park on April 6, winning a three-furlong maiden race by a neck at odds of 53-1. Eighteen days later she finished second in the Mockingbird Stakes at Gulfstream.

Mourier, a French native, then shipped her to England where America America finished eighth in the Group 3 Queen Mary Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Royal Ascot. She has competed in six other turf stakes races since - including one in Germany - and has finished second or third in five of them.

"There were not a lot of opportunities for 2-year-olds on the grass in America for the summer,'' Mourier said about his decision to send her to Europe. "In England there are lot of opportunities, and with no medication you can run a lot more than you can over here.''

America America is coming off a three-length loss in the Stonehenge Stakes in England on Aug 13. Mourier said that loss came to a loose-on-the-lead winner.

"Kieren Fallon rode her and there was no pace in the race and the winner opened up a 10-length lead,'' Mourier said. "We were in second position and the favorite was behind us. Fallon didn't chase the leader, when he finally did chase it was too late. We always thought she could handle the dirt, but she wasn't fully developed and we thought the grass would be easier for her.''

Richard Migliore has picked up the mount on America America for the Spinaway.

Mariensky to get examined

Mariensky, who finished third as the favorite in Monday's Glens Falls Handicap, will be sent to the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Kentucky to undergo a bone scan, trainer Christophe Clement said Tuesday.

"I didn't think she moved very well in the stretch,'' said Clement, who trains Mariensky for Waterville Lake Stables. "She's very body sore this morning. You're always better off to be safe than sorry. A bone scan is probably the right thing to do.''

Mariensky has won two stakes this year at Belmont Park.

Meanwhile, Clement said Sixty Seconds, who won the Glens Falls, could make her next start in the Flower Bowl at Belmont on Sept. 27. Clement's main target for Sixty Seconds is the Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 15.

- Island Fashion, the Alabama winner, worked an easy half-mile in 50.02 seconds Tuesday. She is being pointed to the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 6.