02/04/2010 12:00AM

Rodman misses Donn with bruise

Adam Cognialese
Rodman will miss a planned start in Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream due to a bruised foot.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Though a 10-horse field was entered for Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, one horse conspicuous by his absence was Rodman, the 5 3/4-length winner of the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 12.

Trainer Mike Hushion shipped Rodman to south Florida with the idea of running in the Donn, but he had to scrap those plans when the horse came up with a bruised foot two weeks before the race.

Hushion said Rodman would be out of training for at least 30 days but would resume training at Palm Meadows when he's ready to go back to the track.

"I really would have liked to have been in that race," Hushion said Thursday outside his Belmont Park barn. "I was really looking forward to it."

The Donn is the second rich race that Hushion has been forced to miss at Gulfstream in a week's time. Hushion had planned to run Saratoga Russell in the Sunshine Millions Sprint but could not after the horse suffered a career-ending injury while training at Palm Meadows.

"That's the difference when you're going good and when you're going bad," Hushion said. "You always have problems, it's when the faster horses get them."

It's not all going bad for Hushion. On Thursday, the 3-year-old New York-bred filly Shine Upon won a first-level allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct. It was her second straight win, and her first since being moved to Hushion's barn.

Also on Thursday, Tidal Dance breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds over Belmont's training track. It was her first breeze since winning the Affectionately by 2 1/2 lengths on Jan. 12. Hushion said he has no plans for Tidal Dance's next start, but said the filly wouldn't run in the Barbara Fritchie at Laurel or Rare Treat at Aqueduct.

"She ran a lifetime best, so we got to give her the time," Hushion said. "The Barbara Fritchie would have been tempting, given the way she ran the other day."

While Hushion may no longer have Saratoga Russell to run, he may have found a replacement in the New York-bred Rereadthefootnotes, who is targeting the Hollie Hughes Stakes here on Feb. 15. Rereadthefootnotes, a 4-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes, won an open company first-level allowance race by six lengths on Jan. 20.

"He's a real racehorse," Hushion said. "I'm looking forward to running him."

Hold That Prospect keeps options open

Hold That Prospect, the dominant winner of Saturday's Correction Stakes, is likely to make her next start Feb. 25 over the inner track. In which race she runs that day remains to be seen.

Hold That Prospect would be eligible for both the $60,000 Mommy Dear, an overnight stakes for filly and mare sprinters at six furlongs, or the $42,000 Lavish, a starter handicap for fillies and mares who have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less since 2007.

Hold That Prospect last ran for $20,000 in November 2007 when she was in Florida. Hold That Prospect was claimed for $30,000 by Funky Munky Stable and trainer Gary Gullo and has gone 5 for 8 since that time. Overall, she is 12 for 26.

Gullo said Hold That Prospect came out of her Correction victory "very good." Hold That Prospect earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

Fuzzy Britches works for Busher

While Busanda Stakes winner Age of Humor has shipped to Florida, the horse she beat in the Busanda, Fuzzy Britches, worked five furlongs in 1:01.88 on Thursday morning for a possible start in the $65,000 Busher Stakes here on Feb. 13.

Fuzzy Britches, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., ran twice in four days, winning a starter allowance on Jan. 6 before coming back three days later in the Busanda.

Little Miss Macho, another Busher nominee, worked a strong five furlongs in 1:01.60 over the Belmont training track. Trainer John Terranova said he isn't sure if Little Miss Macho would run in that race or wait for an allowance race.