06/13/2006 11:00PM

Nothing But Fun on schedule


ELMONT, N.Y. - It is rare in horse racing when a trainer can point a horse to a race six months away and get the horse to the race in peak condition. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. did it last month with Silver Train, who won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, a race Dutrow had targeted since last November.

Trainer Mike Hushion believes he has done it with Nothing But Fun, who runs in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park. Hushion and owner Barry Schwartz circled the Phipps on their calendars at the beginning of the year.

"Things have gone so according to plan it's kind of spooky," Hushion said Wednesday outside his Belmont Park barn. "This filly is really right for Saturday."

As of Wednesday, the racing office expected a five-horse field for the Ogden Phipps. Spun Sugar, the Apple Blossom winner, is the starting highweight at 120 pounds. She is expected to be joined by Take D'Tour (117), Balletto (116), Bending Strings (116), and Nothing But Fun (116).

Nothing But Fun, a daughter of Dixie Union, won the first four races of her career, including the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park last October. She ended her

3-year-old campaign with a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a race in which she had a wide trip.

Hushion kept Nothing But Fun with him in New York until early January before sending her to south Florida, where she trained for two months before returning to New York in March.

Hushion found the perfect prep race for Nothing But Fun, who recorded a 1 3/4-length victory in the Mil Kilates Stakes on May 11. Nothing But Fun ran one mile in 1:35.79 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95. No Sleep, who finished third in that race, came back to win the Ft. Monmouth Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths in her next start.

"I thought it was just right," Hushion said of the Mil Kilates race.

Since then, Nothing But Fun has worked three times, including a bullet five-furlong breeze in 59.40 seconds over the training track June 6.

"It was like a gallop," Hushion said. "She galloped out in [1:12] on the training track. Serious stuff."

If Nothing But Fun were to win the Phipps, it would be the first Grade 1 victory of Hushion's career.

"I've been holding my breath for five weeks," said Hushion. "I guess I can hold it for a couple more days."

Smuggler will miss Phipps

Trainer Shug McGaughey was pointing Smuggler to the Phipps, but had to cancel those plans when she wrenched an ankle during a gallop last week.

"Nothing major," McGaughey said. "Hopefully, I'll have her back to the track over the weekend. She's been sound on it the whole time. I walked her under tack the last few days.''

Smuggler won the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks last summer at Belmont, victories that helped her earn the 3-year-old filly championship. In two starts this year, Smuggler finished fifth in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup and a well-beaten third in the Shuvee Breeders' Cup last month.

Miraculous Miss not seriously hurt

Although Miraculous Miss will miss a few weeks of training, the injuries she suffered in the gate of last Saturday's Acorn Stakes were not deemed serious by her trainer, Steve Klesaris.

Miraculous Miss was forced to scratch from the Acorn when she reared in the gate and then got stuck underneath it.

Klesaris said that Miraculous Miss needed stitches in her left hind fetlock and a couple of stitches above her left eye, and she has a "little lump" on her hind cannon bone and a few other cuts and scrapes.

"Pretty lucky considering what she went through," Klesaris said Wednesday.

Klesaris said Miraculous Miss would need to get a few weeks of rest before she can resume training.

"Unfortunately, where she's stitched up in front of her left hind fetlock is right where it bends," Klesaris said. "She's going to have to have a couple of weeks of healing time."

Klesaris did not want to speculate on when Miraculous Miss would return to the races, but said, "If all goes well, the earliest you'll be seeing her is Saratoga."

When she acted up, Miraculous Miss kicked Wonder Lady Anne L, forcing Wonder Lady Anne L to be scratched. Wonder Lady Anne L was not hurt, however, and came back with a five-furlong work in 59.28 seconds Tuesday at Aqueduct.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. entered Wonder Lady Anne L in Saturday's Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park, but said she is not definite to run in that spot. Dutrow indicated the Mother Goose at Belmont on July 1 is also a possibility.

Dutrow to get Grey Swallow

Dutrow said Wednesday that, barring a last-minute change of plans, he will be welcoming Grey Swallow to his barn. Grey Swallow, who finished third in Saturday's Grade 1 Manhattan, will be pointed to the United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 8.

Dermot Weld has been the trainer of record for Grey Swallow, who last month won the Grade 2 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park. In the Manhattan, Grey Swallow broke slowly and raced in the back of the pack before making a late run to miss by a neck.

"I thought he was the best horse in the race, because he didn't break so good and tracked behind a real slow pace, and I know they wanted him close to the pace," Dutrow said. "I'm very happy to be around him."

* Corinthian, disqualified from first to third in the Fountain of Youth, worked four furlongs in 50.37 seconds over the Belmont training track Wednesday. He is being pointed to the Grade 2 Dwyer on July 4.

* Roger Sutton has taken over as the agent for jockey Mike Smith.