06/01/2006 11:00PM

Mister Fotis will likely train up to Smile Sprint

Bill Denver / EQUI-PHOTOS
Mister Fotis, winning the Grade 2 Richter Scale, sat out the Memorial Day.

MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson entered two horses, Broadway View and Mister Fotis, in last Monday's Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap but ran neither. Wolfson scratched Broadway View early in the day and Mister Fotis several hours before post time.

Mister Fotis figured to be one of the favorites in the Memorial Day despite the fact that he was stretching out around two turns for the first time since a dismal performance in the Ambehaving Stakes here Sept. 10. Wolfson is confident Mister Fotis will handle two turns since his horse underwent successful throat surgery following the Ambehaving, but still believes the 5-year-old son of Diligence is better sprinting than going a route.

"My main goal with him right now is the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap here in July," Wolfson said on Thursday. "And I figured it just didn't make any sense to stretch him out around two turns on Monday and then shorten him back up to a sprint for his next start. Especially since the Memorial Day was only a Grade 3 race and he's already won a Grade 2."

Wolfson was referring to Gulfstream's Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup, which Mister Fotis won by a neck over Sir Greeley.

Wolfson said that in all likelihood he would train Mister Fotis up to the six-furlong Smile on July 14. Mister Fotis finished fourth, beaten less than seven lengths by Woke Up Dreamin, after a troubled beginning in the 2005 Smile.

"I've already got a commitment from Jorge Chavez to come back down here to ride Mister Fotis in the Smile," said Wolfson.

Chavez was aboard Mister Fotis last summer in the Smile and also guided him to a 6 3/4-length victory in a strong field that included Storm Surge and Silver Wagon in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap here last fall.

If all goes according to plan, Wolfson will have two starters in the Smile. He is also readying Grade 2 winner Pomeroy for the race. Pomeroy underwent surgery to remove a chip in his ankle following his seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap on Oct. 1. He was purchased privately this year by owner David Hutson.

Pomeroy worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds from the gate here on Friday morning.

Rivera and Garcia get on scoreboard

Veteran riders Jose Rivera II and Julio Garcia, both mainstays among the leading jockeys here for many years, both won their first race of the meet on Friday.

Rivera was aboard 11-1 Mischieviousmoment, who captured the fifth race for trainer Robert Jeffries. Mischieviousmoment was only the third mount Rivera has accepted here this spring.

Garcia followed Rivera, winning the next race with 6-5 favorite Bluffers Bid. Garcia had finished second with four of the six previous horses he'd ridden during the current session.

Two recent winners top feature

The red-hot Thanks Dubya and recent allowance winner Big Lover head a field of six 3-year-olds in Sunday's $28,000 feature, carded at one mile and 70 yards under second-level allowance conditions. The field also includes Weekend Weather, B.B.'s Concert, Jet Propulsion, and Chiquihuite.

Trained by David Braddy, Thanks Dubya has captured each of his last two starts, including a nonwinners-of-three allowance race by 8 1/2 lengths on May 13. Big Lover was taken in hand through the final sixteenth-mile by jockey Abel Castellano Jr. when defeating slightly softer entry-level allowance foes by 2 3/4 lengths on May 23.