05/10/2005 11:00PM

Mother Goose next for Summerly


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Summerly was back on the racetrack for the first time since she won the 131st Kentucky Oaks when she went out for a routine gallop Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Steve Asmussen said everything has gone smoothly for Summerly since she captured the Oaks last Friday by two lengths. Her next start will be the June 25 Mother Goose at Belmont Park.

Asmussen actually was tending to his Keeneland string Wednesday, when he was scheduled to fly to his home in the Dallas area before returning to Louisville early next week. He said the feeling of winning the Oaks has been overwhelming.

"It's one of those races that felt better to win than you even imagined it would," he said. "And my expectations of how it might feel were already very high."

Whenever Asmussen is away from Churchill, the stable is overseen by longtime assistant Scott Blasi. Summerly, said Blasi, "went great out there [Wednesday] morning. She came out of her race just fine."

Howard plots agenda for stakes trio

Trainer Neil Howard enjoyed an outstanding last two weeks when he won graded stakes with Alumni Hall, Shadow Cast, and America Alive.

Howard said Wednesday he is looking at the Schaefer Handicap on the May 21 Preakness undercard at Pimlico for Alumni Hall, winner of the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland last out. Alumni Hall breezed five furlongs Wednesday in 1:01.40 at Churchill.

Shadow Cast, winner of the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup on Oaks Day, probably will wait for the June 18 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill.

"That was a hard race she had," said Howard. "That should give us the right amount of time between races."

America Alive, upset winner of the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve on Kentucky Derby Day, may run next in the June 11 Manhattan at Belmont, "although the 1 1/4 miles might not be his absolute best."

America Alive rallied from last to win the 1 1/8-mile Woodford.

"We might just wait for the Firecracker," a one-mile race here July 4, "although the mile might be a little short for him, but it is over a course we know he likes."

Nothing definite for My Trusty Cat

My Trusty Cat, upset winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Derby Day, ideally will race "maybe four more times the rest of the year," said trainer David Vance. "We would love to get over a million dollars with her."

Vance said he would prefer to keep My Trusty Cat racing at seven furlongs, the same distance as the Humana, although those races are not plentiful.

Razor tops Matt Winn probables

Razor, trained by Asmussen, looks like the horse to beat in the lone stakes scheduled here this weekend, the $100,000 Matt Winn on Saturday.

Mike Smith has the mount on Razor, the beaten odds-on favorite last month in the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland. Other 3-year-olds likely for the six-furlong Matt Winn include Big Top Cat, Crimson Stag, Eyeforglory, Semaphore Man, and Smoke Smoke Smoke.

Pat Day has the mount on Semaphore Man for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. Agent Doc Danner said Day will have two or three other mounts Saturday, his first day back since he underwent hip surgery on March 30.

* The city of Louisville and Mayor Jerry Abramson proclaimed Wednesday as "Mike Smith Celebration Day" in honor of the Hall of Fame jockey's dramatic victory aboard Giacomo in the 131st Kentucky Derby. A ceremony was planned for between races.

* Jockey Gary Stevens will be away Saturday to ride Magna Graduate for trainer Pat Byrne in the Lone Star Derby in Texas.