09/21/2001 12:00AM

No Meadowlands, no Classic for Red Bullet


ELMONT, N.Y. - Red Bullet, the 2000 Preakness winner, has a slight muscle tear that will force him to miss next Friday night's Meadowlands Cup and has officially taken him off the Breeders' Cup Classic trail, trainer Joe Orseno said Friday.

Orseno said Red Bullet would now be pointed to the $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, the last Grade 1 race of the year in New York. Orseno was hopeful Red Bullet would be brought back as a 5-year-old although owner Frank Stronach will make that decision.

Orseno said Red Bullet is suffering from a slight tear in the glutteal muscle on the right side. Orseno believes the injury may have occurred in the Woodward in which Red Bullet finished last.

"He must have done it leaving the starting gate," said Orseno, whose horse veered in at the break from his rail post. "I blame it on him not liking the racetrack."

Orseno said Red Bullet would jog for 10 days before resuming galloping at the beginning of October. Orseno said he wasn't sure whether Red Bullet would need a prep race for the Cigar Mile, but did not rule out running him in the Sport Page Handicap at Belmont on Breeders' Cup Day, Oct. 27.

"He's a horse I could train into races," Orseno said.

Red Bullet has only run twice this year, winning a seven-furlong allowance at Saratoga on July 28 before the Woodward.

Orseno and Stronach still hope to be represented in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic with Macho Uno, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and 2-year-old champion. Macho Uno is coming off an easy victory in the Pennsylvania Derby and is scheduled to work at Belmont on Sunday before shipping to Cleveland on Monday for next Saturday's Ohio Derby at


Pletcher strong in Schenectady

Trainer Todd Pletcher has two live bullets to fire in Sunday's $75,000 Schenectady Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares. It is up to handicappers to figure out which one will hit the targeted winner's circle.

Pletcher will send out the uncoupled entry of Lovely Amanda and Maddie May in the six-furlong race. Lovely Amanda faces New York-breds for the first time since last November when she finished second in the Perfect Arc Stakes run at a mile. She is 4-1-2 from eight starts at six furlongs and gets the services

of Jerry Bailey, who figures to keep Lovely Amanda out of what looks to be a hot pace scenario.

Aside from two ill-fated attempts in graded stakes company as a 2-year-old, Maddie May is almost perfect. She has four wins and a second from five starts in maiden and allowance company and is 3 for 3 against New York-breds. She is also 2 for 2 at Belmont. Edgar Prado rides from post 10.

Although Bedside Manner may be the speed of the speed, she will have to deal with several early challenges. A potential longshot closer in the race is Finger Lakes shipper Belongs to Mony, who has recorded nine of her 12 career wins at six furlongs.

Xtra Heat unlikely for Gallant Bloom

Xtra Heat, the nearly unbeatable 3-year-old sprinting filly, is nominated to next Saturday's Grade 2 $125,000 Gallant Bloom at Belmont, but is more likely to run in the $100,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park instead, trainer John Salzman said.

Salzman said Xtra Heat has a chance to win as much as $40,000 in bonus money if she could win the Sweet and Sassy, the last leg of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series for 3-year-old filly sprinters. Salzman did say that race would be her last before a likely attempt at the Breeders' Cup Sprint against colts.

Entry schedule change

Belmont Park will be dark on Thursday in observance of the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. That has prompted a change in the entry schedule for the upcoming week. Entries for Friday's card, normally taken on Wednesday, will be taken on Tuesday. Entries for Saturday's card, usually taken on Thursday, will be taken Wednesday. The racing office will be closed Thursday. The regular schedule picks up on Friday, with entries being taken for the Sept. 29 card.

Atelier wins via DQ

Atelier needed assistance from the stewards to win Thursday's feature race at 2-5. Poivre finished first by a head over Atelier in the seven-furlong allowance race but was deemed to have interfered with Atelier in the stretch.

The stewards immediately posted the inquiry sign although Edgar Prado, the jockey aboard Atelier, did not claim foul.

Under Jorge Chavez, Poivre did drift out in the lane and appeared to brush twice with Atelier, who was never checked or steadied by Prado.

"He took him out about two paths," said state steward David Hicks. "We based our decision on that she only got beat by a head."

Dominic Galluscio, trainer of Poivre, called the stewards following the disqualification and expressed his displeasure with the call. He was scheduled to appear before the stewards on Saturday and may face a fine.

*Jockey Richard Migliore became a father for the fourth time Thursday night when his wife, Carmela, gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Gabrielle Rose. The baby weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Migliore took off his seven mounts - two of which won - on Friday's card, but was expected to return on Saturday.