08/04/2005 12:00AM

Ritchey bringing Afleet Alex along with him


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Afleet Alex, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner, was scheduled to arrive at Saratoga on Thursday night from Belmont Park with eight other horses trained by Tim Ritchey.

Afleet Alex will continue to recuperate from a hairline condylar fracture in his left foreleg. Afleet Alex underwent surgery July 26 and had a screw inserted to push the fracture back together and prevent it from separating.

The injury will force Afleet Alex to miss this Sunday's Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Travers Stakes later this month at Saratoga. His connections said they are hoping he could return for a fall campaign that would include a prep race and then the Breeders' Cup Classic.

"He continues to do well," Ritchey said. "My goal is to get him to Saratoga safely."

Ritchey, meanwhile, is expected to have his first Saratoga starter at the meet Saturday with Kid Lemonade, a 2-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid who cost $225,000 at auction earlier this year. That race also features the debut of Bird Charm, a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Birdstone and Bird Town.

Daydreaming retired

Daydreaming, a multiple Grade 3 stakes winner owned and bred by the Phipps family, has been retired after suffering an injury in Sunday's Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap.

Trainer Shug McGaughey said that Daydreaming had the start of a medial condylar fracture in her hind cannon bone. Daydreaming finished last in the Go for Wand.

"We don't have to do anything but give her four weeks' stall rest and four weeks of walking, but by then it will be too late," McGaughey said, referring to making significant stakes in the fall.

Daydreaming, a daughter of A.P. Indy out of the Mr. Prospector mare Get Lucky, won 7 of 16 starts including the Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, Top Flight Handicap, and Next Move Handicap - all Grade 3 events.

Talented out with ankle chip

Talented, a minor stakes winner who was under consideration for Saturday's Grade 1 Test, has a chip in her left front ankle that will require surgery. She was to be operated on by Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky.

"We were pointing to either the two-other-than or the Test," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She worked and worked well and had a little filling in her left front ankle."

Talented, a 3-year-old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus, won her maiden by eight lengths in her second start before taking the Twist Afleet Stakes by six lengths. In her most recent start, Talented finished fourth in the Grade 1 Prioress.

Softer spot for Classic Campaign

Classic Campaign has been racing against English Channel and Rey de Cafe, among the top 3-year-old turf runners in the country. Saturday, Classic Campaign should find the competition easier when he runs in an overnight stakes, the $65,000-added Sir Cat.

A mile turf race for 3-year-olds, the Sir Cat drew nine runners. Naughty New Yorker and Ingot were entered for the main track only.

Classic Campaign had a rough start and finished fifth, beaten two lengths by Rey de Cafe, in the Grade 3 American Turf at Churchill in May. In his next race, Classic Campaign came within a neck of beating Rey de Cafe in the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont. Last out, Classic Campaign was fourth behind English Channel, the winner of the Colonial Turf Cup.

The main threat to Classic Campaign appears to be Smooth Bid, who has finished in the money in each of his six turf starts. Second in last year's Grade 3 Lecomte on the dirt at Fair Grounds, Smooth Bid has run well on the turf in his last three starts.

* A slow start compromised Evening Attire on Thursday, when he finished third behind Go Now and Trapped Again in a classified allowance race. Evening Attire, a multiple Grade 1 winner who had been 5 for 8 at this track before Thursday, walked out of the gate, made a middle move, but flattened out. He was beaten 7 1/2 lengths.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson