05/02/2010 11:00PM

Remand taking shot in Dwyer


ELMONT, N.Y. - Following a sweep of Sunday's two New York Stallion Stakes with the favorites, trainer John Terranova will now set his sights on Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer Stakes with the longshot Remand.

Though Remand has just one victory from three career starts, Terranova is quite high on the son of Successful Appeal.

"He's a good colt," Terranova said. "I think he needs racing."

Remand debuted on Oct. 29 at Keeneland for trainer Tim Hamm, winning a six-furlong maiden race over Keeneland's synthetic track by 5 1/4 lengths. Sovereign Stable purchased him after that start.

In his 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream on Jan. 7, Remand had all kinds of trouble. A couple of horses acted up in the gate and had to be scratched. Terranova said Remand should have been scratched as well as he got cut on the ankle and banged the side of his head on the gate. Remand finished seventh, beaten 10 1/4 lengths by a horse named Eskendereya.

Remand didn't return to the races until April 3 when he finished third in the Grade 3 Bay Shore, won in front-running fashion by Eightyfiveinafifty. The runner-up from that race, Hurricane Ike, came back to win the Grade 3 Derby Trial on April 24.

"I really consider that his second start, and he ran into some really talented horses," said Terranova, who noted that Eightyfiveinafifty is "freaky fast, and Hurricane Ike validated that race coming back to win."

"I think our horse ran really well and galloped out nice," he said.

Remand has come back to work well three times in preparation for his next start. Terranova would have preferred to have run in an allowance race at one mile or 1 1/16 miles, but can't seem to find one.

"I thought the Withers,'' a one-turn mile race run on April 24, "was a little close to his last race," Terranova said.

The Dwyer field is expected to include Codoy, Drosselmeyer, First Dude, Fly Down, Soaring Empire, and Zio Tony.

While some are using the Dwyer as a stepping-stone to the Belmont Stakes on June 5, Terranova is just hoping to find out something about his horse.

"I can't say that he's a mile-and-a-half horse," he said. "We're not sure he's a mile-and-an-eighth horse."

Terranova said that Franny Freud, who won the Park Avenue Division of the Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and General Maximus, who won the Times Square Division, both came out of their races well.

Franny Freud, who won for the sixth time in nine starts, earned a lifetime-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure for her 7 3/4-length victory in which she ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.15. Terranova said he would like to get Franny Freud to the Grade 1 Prioress on July 4 with a start before then.

In his first start for Terranova, General Maximus won the Times Square by 3 1/4 lengths, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.49 and earning a 91 Beyer. He is 3 for 4 lifetime. Terranova said a start on turf in a division of the next round of New York Stallion Stakes on May 23 is possible, as is the Grade 2 Woody Stephens against open company sprinters on dirt on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 5.

Quality Road works for Met Mile

Quality Road, the leading older male horse in the country, worked five furlongs in 1:01.44 on Sunday morning over Belmont's main track, his first work since returning from south Florida.

Quality Road, who won the Hal's Hope and the Donn Handicap earlier this year at Gulfstream, is targeting the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at here on May 31 as his next start.

"He breezed really well, it was a standard piece of work for him," said Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "The team down in Florida did an excellent job with him. He put on a lot of good conditioning. He looks like a stronger horse than last year."

Thomas noted that Quality Road was particularly sharp galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.

"Before in his gallop-outs, he wouldn't always put out a lot of effort," Thomas said. "Yesterday, he showed a lot of energy. He's real professional and happy with what he's doing."

Seattle Smooth set for comeback

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Seattle Smooth will be ready to make her seasonal debut in the Grade 2, $150,000 Shuvee Handicap here May 15.

On Sunday, Seattle Smooth worked five furlongs in 1:01.45, her third breeze at Aqueduct and her seventh work since March 20. Seattle Smooth, who won the Shuvee last year, has not run since winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on June 13. She had been sidelined due to ankle issues.

"She was awesome," Dutrow said of Sunday's move. "I don't know if she's going to win the race, but she's doing great."