Updated on 09/15/2011 2:09PM

Officer announces his presence


Officer, the leading juvenile colt in the country, arrived Tuesday afternoon in New York, where he will head what is expected to be a five-horse field in Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

Officer, who is undefeated in four starts, was accompanied by groom Rudy Silva and was bedded down in the barn of John Terranova, just two stalls down from Heavyweight Champ, one of Officer's main rivals in the Champagne.

Only three others - Jump Start, Saarland, and Thunder Days - are expected for the $500,000 Champagne, for juvenile colts at

1 1/16 miles.

Officer's dark bay coat glistened in the late-afternoon sun as Silva led him off the van, took him to the barn, and walked him around the shed row. At one point, Officer let out a yell, leading Silva to quip, "Is the track open?"

Officer breezed Monday at Santa Anita and walked Tuesday before shipping. He was scheduled to jog Wednesday and gallop Thursday. Trainer Bob Baffert was expected in New York on Wednesday night.

Two of Officer's Champagne opponents worked Tuesday. Saarland, who won his maiden last time out at Belmont, breezed four furlongs in 47.64 seconds. Thunder Days, third in the Hopeful, went three furlongs in 36.80 seconds.

Gold Cup: Scorpion, maybe

Scorpion, the Jim Dandy winner, is now listed as a possible starter for Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, a race that could now have as many as eight starters.

Since upsetting the Jim Dandy field at 11-1, Scorpion has finished sixth in the Travers and fourth in the Jerome Handicap. Victor Espinoza would ride if Scorpion runs.

"We're not going to know definitely until Thursday morning, but there's a possibility of it," said Mike Marlow, the New York assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "A million dollars and a small field, it makes you think."

At one time, it looked as though there would be only five horses for the Gold Cup. If Scorpion and Testing both run, the field could balloon to eight. Confirmed starters are A P Valentine, Albert the Great, Aptitude, Country Be Gold, Generous Rosi, and Sumitas.

Frizette: Treasure Coast Gem joins

Treasure Coast Gem, a 7 1/4-length winner of the Blue Hen Stakes in her last start, will step up to Grade 1 company Saturday when she faces Cashier's Dream and You in the $500,000 Frizette for juvenile fillies. Riskaverse and Cherokee Girl are the only others expected for the

1 1/16-mile race.

Treasure Coast Gem, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Mutakddim, has won two straight races at a mile, albeit against much weaker company. Jorge Chavez has picked up the mount.

"We were thinking about either the Alcibiades or this race," said Treasure Coast Gem's trainer, Francis Campitelli, from Maryland. "This race is a couple hours away, it's a small field, and there are not that many opportunities for these fillies that want to go further right now. It looks like a good opportunity to try her. The company I'm sure is better than she's faced, but she is probably one of the few horses that is proven at a distance."

Kelso: Manndar returns

California-based Manndar, who won the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont last year, returns to New York for Saturday's $250,000 Kelso Handicap, a mile grass race.

The Grade 2 Kelso will be Manndar's first start since his seventh-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap in February.

Trainer Beau Greely said the 5-year-old Manndar suffered a strained muscle behind in the Gulfstream race.

"He had been racing pretty hard and needed the time anyway," Greely said. "He's doing super now."

Last year, Manndar finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Greely said that depending upon the outcome of the Kelso, Manndar could run back in either the Breeders' Cup Turf or Mile.

Manndar, who will be ridden by Garrett Gomez in the Kelso, arrived at Belmont on Tuesday.

Trainer Linda Rice said Tuesday that it's likely City Zip will be entered in both the Kelso and Sunday's $250,000 Forest Hills Handicap, a six-furlong dirt race.

"I'm leaning toward the Kelso," Rice said. "It doesn't look like the Kelso is coming up that strong."

Entries for the Kelso will be taken Thursday, while the Forest Hills will be drawn on Friday.

Depending upon where and how he runs this weekend, City Zip will be pointed to either the Breeders' Cup Mile or Sprint.

City Zip, a 3-year-old, was assigned 112 pounds for the Kelso and 114 for the Forest Hills.

Forbidden Apple, who won the Kelso last year, and Manndar will be the 118-pound starting highweights. The other Kelso probables are Kimberlite Pipe (115), Blu Air Force (114), Sarafan (114), Union One (114), Sardaukar (113), and Tubrok (113).

Forest Hills: Delaware Township set

Forego winner Delaware Township, the likely favorite in his quest to win the Forest Hills for the second year in a row, worked impressively Tuesday at Belmont over the main track. The half-mile work was timed in a bullet 46.47 seconds, handily. He galloped out five furlongs in 59.20 seconds and six furlongs in 1:12.80.

"I wanted to put a little zip into him because he missed a work last week because of the weather," said trainer Ben Perkins Jr. "He looks like he's ready."

Eibar Coa picks up the mount on Delaware Township because Jerry Bailey, who rode him in the Forego, will ride at Keeneland on Sunday.

Trainer John Kimmel decided to skip the Forest Hills with Hook and Ladder and shipped the colt to Keeneland on Tuesday for Saturday's $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap. Kimmel said he thought the Keeneland race was an easier spot for Hook and Ladder.

A small field is shaping up for the Forest Hills. The expected starters are Delaware Township (118 pounds), Peeping Tom (118), Disco Rico (117), Alannan (116), and Yonaguska (113).

Beldame: Gourmet Girl out

Trainer Pico Perdomo said Tuesday that Gourmet Girl will not ship to New York from California for Saturday's Beldame because of a splint bone problem.

The probable favorite in the Beldame, a weight-for-age race for fillies and mares, is Flute. Flute's likely opponents are Beautiful Pleasure, Critical Eye, Irving's Baby, Pentatonic, Serra Lake, and Spain. If Exogenous works to the satisfaction of her connections on Wednesday, she will run in the Beldame.

On Tuesday, Serra Lake worked five furlongs in 1:00.93, breezing, on the main track.

Cowdin: Warners out

Add Warners to the list of promising juvenile colts who are out for the year.

Warners, an impressive maiden winner at Saratoga on Sept. 3, was being pointed to Sunday's Grade 3 Cowdin Stakes. But he came out of his last workout with sore shins, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. Warners, a son of Dehere, will have his shins pin-fired and probably won't make it back to the races until the winter at Gulfstream Park.

Warners joins a list of juvenile winners in New York who are out for the year that includes Buster's Daydream, Mayakovsky, Thunderello, In High Gear, Pinch Hitter, and Lightening Dehere.

His defection also leaves the Cowdin with just three confirmed runners: Harmony Hall, Sunray Spirit, and The Call of Duty.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson