08/30/2004 11:00PM

Pomeroy's goal Cigar Mile

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Trainer Patrick Biancone said he feels the six-furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint might be a tad short for King's Bishop winner Pomeroy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Pomeroy, who became a Grade 1 winner in Saturday's King's Bishop at Saratoga, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile against older horses at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.

Patrick Biancone, Pomeroy's trainer, ruled out a start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, but said it was likely that Pomeroy, a 3-year-old, would run before the $350,000 Cigar Mile, although he hasn't settled on a race yet.

"Our main goal is the Cigar Mile; we haven't decided where he will run before that," Biancone said. "I say no to the Breeders' Cup because he is too young and I think it would be tough to win a Grade 1 at six furlongs; it's on the short side for him. He is a seven-furlong to a mile horse."

Biancone said Pomeroy, who won the seven-furlong King's Bishop in a stakes-record time of 1:20.99, would race as a 4-year-old.

Artie Schiller will skip Saranac

Artie Schiller would have been the favorite in Monday's $100,000-added Saranac, but he will not run in the 1 3/16-mile turf race, according to his trainer, Jimmy Jerkens.

Artie Schiller, who won the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame by 4 1/4 lengths here Aug. 9, will most likely wait for the $200,000 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 26. Jerkens said there is an outside possibility the 3-year-old Artie Schiller would take on older horses in the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 19.

Jerkens said a combination of things led him to skip the Grade 3 Saranac with Artie Schiller, who has won three stakes this year for owner Denise Walsh.

"He's done awfully well with the spacing of his races, but we rethought running on the last day of the meet and shipping home the next day," Jerkens said. "The turf might be becoming a bit chopped up. Also, we are half considering the Atto Mile."

Jerkens said Richard Migliore, the colt's regular rider, told him the Atto Mile might suit Artie Schiller, who showed an explosive closing kick in winning the 1 1/8-mile Hall of Fame.

"Richie said they go fast early and then it's a pretty long stretch," Jerkens said.

Without Artie Schiller in the race, Andrew Byrnes, the stakes coordinator, is hoping the size of the Saranac field grows. As of Monday, the only confirmed starters were Prince Arch, the likely favorite, and Mustanfar, the runner-up in the Hall of Fame Stakes. Several others are considered possible, including Second Performance, Catch the Glory, Dynamite Flyer, Icy Atlantic, and Willing Coalition.

Prince Arch beat Kitten's Joy, the leading 3-year-old turf male in the country, in the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in June.

Troy preferred option for Voodoo

Voodoo will make his turf debut for Jerkens in Friday's $65,000-added Troy. The Troy is for older males and will be run at a mile on the inner turf. Voodoo also was nominated to Saturday's Grade 1 Forego, a seven-furlong dirt race.

In the Troy, Voodoo will seek his first win since the Grade 3 Sport Page in October 2003 at Belmont.

Voodoo spent most of this year on the sidelines with an injury to his hind end. In his last start, his first since January, Voodoo finished second in an allowance race at Belmont on July 22.

"He pulled something up high behind, but we never pinpointed it exactly," Jerkens said.

Voodoo's last couple of works have come on the Oklahoma turf, including a six-furlong move in 1:15.60 over a good course on Aug. 24.

Jerkens said he has been wanting to try Voodoo on the grass.

"They say on his dam side there is a lot of turf," Jerkens said.

A large field is taking shape for the Troy, which is new to the stakes schedule. The expected runners are Battle Won, Bishop Court Hill, Golden Commander, He's Crafty, Little Jim, Manofglory, Provincetown, Surging River, Voodoo, and Willard Straight.

Jerkens reported that Smokey Glacken, who won Saturday's Victory Ride, her second consecutive stakes win, could run next in the Grade 3 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes at Pimlico on Oct. 2.

Film Maker eyes Glens Falls

Film Maker, who was scratched from Monday's Grade 3, $200,000 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup because her trainer, Graham Motion, worried the turf was too soft and didn't like her outside post, is likely to run in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap.

Had she run, Film Maker would have vied for favoritism with the Ballston Spa winner and favorite, Ocean Drive. Ocean Drive defeated Film Maker by a half-length in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico in the spring.

The Ballston Spa was run at 1 1/16 miles, and the Glens Falls is run at 1 3/8 miles. Motion said he believes Film Maker is up to the task of stretching out.

"All along I have thought she has wanted to go farther," said Motion, who also will run Humaita in the Glens Falls. "I don't think the distance will be a problem."

Film Maker was assigned 121 pounds as the highweight in the Glens Falls. The other expected starters, with weights, are: Spice Island (118), Lady of the Future (116), Aud (115), Savedbythelight (114), Humaita (113), and Primetimevalentine (113). Where We Left Off is possible.