Updated on 09/16/2011 6:49AM

Red Bullet vs. Mongoose redux


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Red Bullet, who finished a troubled second behind Mongoose before being disqualified and placed fourth in Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap, may not have to wait long for the opportunity to avenge the defeat.

Red Bullet will run next in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap March 30, said his trainer, Joe Orseno. And on Monday trainer H. James Bond said that race may also be Mongoose's next start.

"He came out of the race great and will go back to the track tomorrow," Bond said of Mongoose, who posted his fourth consecutive victory in the Donn. "It's a long year and we're going to play things by ear, but he really seems to like the Gulfstream Park racetrack so the Gulfstream Park Handicap is a real possibility."

Bond also reported that Ubiquity, who collapsed from heat exhaustion shortly after the completion of the Donn, has shown no ill effects from the incident and will return to training later this week.

"He couldn't be doing better," Bond said. "He's tearing the barn down."

Orseno on Monday was still trying to get over the disappointment of the Donn, in which Red Bullet conceded three lengths to the field when he hopped at the break, then had to take up sharply on the far turn. He was disqualified for interfering with Rize leaving the backstretch. Rize was elevated from fourth to third.

"I'm disappointed for sure," Orseno said. "But I'm not disappointed for myself or [owner Frank Stronach]. I'm disappointed for the horse, who went out and tried as hard as he possibly could. He had to overcome a bad start, traffic problems, and a horse stopping in his face, but he never gave up and you have to love him for doing that. It's just a shame he had to have his number taken down. I understand the stewards have a thankless job and they can't make everybody happy. But between the trip and the disqualification, I think both the public and Red Bullet got cheated."

Orseno said he came to Gulfstream with a three-race plan for Red Bullet - the Skip Away, Donn, and Gulfstream Park handicaps - and that he plans to stick to that schedule.

"He came out of the Donn just great," said Orseno. "He'll run in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, then I'll work backwards with him from the Stephen Foster. That would be his next major goal."

The Grade 1, $750,000 Stephen Foster will be run June 15 at Churchill Downs.

Two more to take shot

Kiss a Native and Rize, third and fourth across the line in the Donn, also are being pointed to the Gulfstream Park Handicap, said their trainers, Bill White and Norman Pointer.

Kiss a Native broke from post 13 and rallied in the stretch of the Donn.

"If it was just another race and we drew that kind of post I'd have scratched him," said White. "You enter for the race all excited then pick up the overnight, see the post and realize your chances are compromised before you even lead them over. But overall I was very pleased with his performance. Considering the post, I think we were second best Saturday behind Red Bullet."

White said if all goes well he will run Kiss a Native in the New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds on March 3, then bring him back here for the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

"He's the kind of horse who can handle staying busy," said White.

Rize was impeded by and nearly clipped heels with Red Bullet on the far turn. Pointer took all the trouble Rize encountered in the Donn in stride.

"That's horse racing. Things happen," said Pointer. "He probably would have been closer with a clean trip. But I'm just glad I got him back in one piece and he can run again."

No excuse for Traditionally

Traditionally drew the outside post 14 for the Donn, but his trainer, Shug McGaughey, did not use that as an excuse for the horse's 11th-place finish.

"He didn't run at all," said McGaughey. "He ran like he's been running. I was really hoping he would come back and run good this winter. I'm not sure what we'll do next. Maybe try him on the grass or find an allowance spot to get his confidence back."

Hook and Ladder just fine after scratch

Hook and Ladder, the morning-line favorite in Sunday's Deputy Minister Handicap, was scratched from the race because of the off track, according to Brian Ange, the assistant to trainer John Kimmel at Payson Park.

Hook and Ladder was scheduled to be vanned to Gulfstream from Payson on Sunday morning. Gulfstream's track was closed for training Sunday morning, and because of uncertainty over the condition of the track by race time, Kimmel decided to scratch all three of his runners from Sunday's card, Ange said.

Stakes fillies work

Blissful Kiss and Haunted Lass, 3-year-old fillies who have run in graded stakes, worked on Monday. Blissful Kiss went five furlongs in 1:03.40 over a fast but dull track at Calder, while Haunted Lass went the same distance in 1:04.80 around the dogs over a "good" surface at Gulfstream.

Blissful Kiss finished sixth in her 3-year-old debut in the Forward Gal Stakes on Jan. 27. A two-time stakes winner at 2, she had not started since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes two months earlier.

"That last race isn't representative of her ability," said trainer Bill White. "I'll run her back in the Davona Dale and hope she'll show everybody what she's about."

Haunted Lass has been idle since finishing second to Forest Heiress in Monmouth's Grade 3 Sorority Stakes on Sept. 1. Trainer Allen Iwinski held her out of the Forward Gal after being displeased with the way she had trained last month.

"She's about ready to go but I have no place to run her," said Iwinski.

* Mr. Pleasentfar, who is scheduled to run in Saturday's Grade 1 Gulfstream Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 on Monday morning at Calder for trainer Marty Wolfson.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman