05/18/2006 11:00PM

Prospective Saint back in easy spot


MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson couldn't have found a softer spot to bring his graded-stakes-placed mare Prospective Saint back to the races off a 6 1/2-month vacation than Sunday's $45,000 Kimscountrydiamond Stakes.

Prospective Saint has not started since finishing second behind Bending Strings in the one-mile Chilukki Stakes last November at Churchill Downs. Before that outing, Prospective Saint had won 3 of 4 races at Calder, all stakes, and finished fifth in the Grade 3 Endine at Delaware Park. Her only Calder loss during that skein came last summer against the likes of Madcap Escapade and Happy Ticket in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap.

The competition will be decidedly easier for Prospective Saint in the 6 1/2-furlong Kimscountrydiamond. None of her six rivals has successfully advanced beyond the second-level allowance condition or earned a Beyer Speed Figure approaching the several in the 90's that Prospective Saint has posted during her 16-race career. To make matters worse for the opposition, Prospective Saint will carry the same 119-pound's as the rest of the field under the allowance conditions of the race.

Abel Castellano Jr. will ride Prospective Saint for the first time in the Kimscountrydiamond.

"I was leaning towards routing her, but we've discussed trying to run her in the Princess Rooney again this year, so that's why I'm starting her back short," said Wolfson. "I think she's a much more effective filly going long, and eventually that's what I want to do."

Pomeroy joins Wolfson stable

Wolfson's powerful stable, which already included graded-stakes winners Miesque's Approval and Mister Fotis, got even stronger recently when Pomeroy joined the barn after being purchased privately by owner David Hutson this spring. Pomeroy, winner of the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt last summer at Saratoga, has been sidelined since having a chip taken out of his ankle following his eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh last fall.

Pomeroy worked five furlongs in 1:03 from the gate on Friday, although that was not exactly what Wolfson had intended.

"I only wanted him to go three-eighths, but he's very fast and very studdish and can be a hard horse to train," said Wolfson. "But I was pleased with the way he went, and right now I'll probably work him right into the Smile."

The Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap will be run here July 15.

Congrats gets 118 for Memorial Day

Congrats has been assigned high weight of 118 pounds for the Grade 3, $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on May 29. Congrats, a 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy, was recently purchased by Cloverleaf Farm as a stud prospect for next season. A Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed a year ago, Congrats has finished seventh in his only two starts this season. He worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 here on Friday.

Next in line in racing secretary Mike Anifantis's weights for the Memorial Day are Gigawatt, Twilight Road, and Whos Crying Now, each of whom would carry 116 pounds if they go. Twilight Road, now 9, and Whos Crying Now finished first and second in the 2005 Memorial Day.

* Jockeys Alfredo Clemente and Jeffrey Sanchez both posted back-to-back victories on Friday's twilight card. Clemente scored wire-to-wire wins aboard Dig for Dinner and A Bit of Madness in the fifth and sixth races. Sanchez won with the even-money favorite Ballard in the second race and 20-1 longshot Hope to Dance in the third.