03/11/2005 12:00AM

Roses in May set to fly

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Roses in May has been training at Gulfstream Park since his second in the Donn. He makes his next start in the March 26 Dubai World Cup.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Roses in May worked six furlongs in 1:12.07 at Gulfstream Park on Friday morning, giving every indication that he was on top of his game for the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Roses in May was to leave for Dubai Saturday.

With regular rider John Velazquez aboard, Roses in May went his opening half-mile in 47.88 seconds, then finished strongly before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24.75. The work was the third bullet drill for Roses in May since his second-place finish behind Saint Liam in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap Feb. 5.

"Today's work was perfect. I was very pleased," said trainer Dale Romans, who kept Roses in May at Gulfstream Park after the Donn instead of returning him to Palm Meadows training center, where he had trained up to his 2005 debut. "He's ready to go. This will be his last major work. I'll just give him an easy one over there a week out from the race to test the racetrack a little."

Roses in May suffered his only defeat last year at the hands of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He will be accompanied to Dubai by Romans's assistant, Liz Gray, who will gallop Roses in May up to the World Cup.

Kitten's Joy on his way back

Friday was a busy morning for Romans. After watching Roses in May work at Gulfstream shortly before 8 a.m., he made the 45-minute ride up to Palm Meadows, where his Eclipse Award winner Kitten's Joy breezed a half-mile in 50 seconds over the turf.

Romans said he is in no hurry with Kitten's Joy, who had a chip taken out of his knee following his second-place finish to Better Talk Now in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Despite that setback, Kitten's Joy won the Eclipse Award as the top male grass horse of 2004. Both Roses in May and Kitten's Joy are owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

"I just let him go along easily this morning," said Romans. "He's still got a ways to go before he gets back to the races, and I'm in no hurry at the moment."

Prince Arch, 'Saratoga' to make trip

Roses in May will be joined on Saturday's flight to Dubai by Saratoga County, who is a candidate for the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint, and Prince Arch, who will compete in the $2 million Dubai Sheema Classic. Both races are on the Dubai World Cup undercard March 26.

Trainer George Weaver said he decided to send Saratoga County to Dubai after the horse worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under regular rider Javier Castellano at Palm Meadows on Friday.

"The work was just the same as his final work before the General George," said Weaver. "Javier said he couldn't have been more pleased with the way he went. He's never been better, and for a $2 million purse it's hard not to take the chance in his current form."

Saratoga County opened his 2005 campaign with victories in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 2 General George at Laurel.

Prince Arch is coming off a hard-fought victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, but trainer Ken McPeek said he believes Prince Arch should run even better in Dubai.

"I was actually just giving him the last race hoping to set him up for the one in Dubai," said McPeek. "I never really cranked him up for it, so it was a pleasant surprise that he won. But he's come out of the race fine, had a nice gallop this morning, and I think he'll improve for the next one."

McPeek nearly pulled off the Gulfstream Park BC and Sheema Classic double a year ago with Hard Buck, who won the Gulfstream Park BC and was second in Dubai.

"With Hard Buck, the timing was different, since he had five weeks before the race in Dubai," said McPeek. "It will be a little trickier, having only 20 days this time, but as long as he handles the ship over I think he'll be fine."

Little Money Down to Beaumont

Trainer John Ward has had a change of heart regarding his immediate plans for Little Money Down, who was second behind the undefeated Letgomyecho in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes.

Ward originally said he might point Little Money Down for the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland on April 9, but will now wait for the Grade 2 Beaumont five days later. The Ashland is at 1 1/16 miles and the Beaumont at about seven furlongs.

"I think I want to keep her around one turn for now," he said. "She's a big filly who has not quite matured yet, and this schedule will give her a little time to catch up. Right now I'd say the [Kentucky] Oaks would be unlikely, but I still have plenty of time to change my mind."

Ward said he does have definite designs on the Kentucky Oaks for Even Again, an impressive maiden winner going 1 1/8 miles here earlier in the session. She will make her stakes debut next Saturday in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.