08/16/2007 12:00AM

Run Sully Run faces challenges


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Cam Gambolati always believed Run Sully Run would thrive with more distance. A turf workout Wednesday convinced the trainer that the colt would take to the grass.

Run Sully Run tests both elements for the first time Saturday in the $60,000 Continental Mile Stakes on the Iselin undercard at Monmouth Park.

Run Sully Run will be one of the top contenders in the one-mile stakes for 2-year-olds.

A $130,000 purchase at the Timonium sales in May, Run Sully Run ran twice here in dirt sprints, winning the first time out before finishing third in the Tyro Stakes on July 28.

"I don't want to sprint him anymore," Gambolati said. "I don't think he wants to do that. He wants to sit and make one run. I wanted to go a mile and I think he'll [like] turf, so we'll stretch him out and see where we're at."

The grass workout, with jockey Jose Lezcano aboard, was the clincher for Gambolati. Run Sully Run went four furlongs around the dogs in 49.80 seconds.

"He seemed to love it," Gambolati said. "He wouldn't pull up."

Atoned also will make his grass debut. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he won his maiden last time out here in his first two-turn race.

Trainer Ned Allard will add blinkers to Own Style, who will try to win his maiden in his third attempt.

Fowler: Turf sprints suit 'Harvey'

Our Friend Harvey appears to have finally settled into a comfortable niche: grass sprints.

The gelding has a win and a second in two turf sprints and he bids for his first stakes victory Saturday in the $60,000 Anderson Fowler for 3-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Trainer Tim Hills tried Our Friend Harvey in a number of spots, turf and dirt at distances up to a mile. In the end, the answer was right there in the pedigree.

"You look at his catalog page, you see a lot of stakes winners who are all five-eighths sprint specialists," Hills said.

Cherokee Country, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, makes his grass debut. He captured the Oh Say Stakes most recently at Delaware Park and rallied to win the Rumson Stakes here three starts back. In between, Cherokee Country was fifth in Idiot Proof's track-record victory in Monmouth's Jersey Shore Stakes.

Heezafrequentflyer and Tempt Me Not ship in from West Virginia on winning streaks while tackling turf for the first time. Heezafrequentflyer won his last three, all at Charles Town, including a pair of restricted stakes. Tempt Me Not scored consecutive wins at Mountaineer Park.