07/15/2010 11:00PM

One race at a time for 'Jessica'


MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson said that even though Jessica Is Back earned herself an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by virtue of her victory last weekend in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap, he's still not sure if he'll head in that direction.

"At the moment, I'm thinking of pointing her for the Ballerina and not really thinking about the Breeders' Cup at all," said Wolfson. "Seven furlongs is a good distance for her, and other than Sara Louise, the division seems kind of weak, so we'll take a shot there and then see where we're at with her after that race."

The Grade 1 Ballerina will be run at Saratoga on Aug. 28. Wolfson won the 1996 Ballerina with Chaposa Springs.

Wolfson added that he may try stretching Coffee Boy, upset winner of the Grade 2 Carry Back last Saturday, to 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby later this summer. Coffee Boy rallied to defeat the 1-9 favorite D' Funnybone in the six furlong Carry Back.

"I really don't want to run him six furlongs any more, that's really not what the horse wants," said Wolfson.

You could say he's fresh

For Michael's Dad, a 6-year-old who has not started in more than two years, will be among the favorites to win Sunday's $30,500 feature, carded at a mile on the turf under entry-level allowance conditions.

For Michael's Dad has not started since finishing second under first-level allowance conditions over the Gulfstream Park turf in March of 2008. A son of Montbrook, For Michael's Dad was trained by Dale Romans earlier in his career but is now under the shed of Steve Towne.