07/20/2011 4:26PM

Saratoga: Born Bullish to await Adirondack


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Born Bullish, a nine-length debut winner at Belmont Park on June 24, was conspicuous by her absence from Friday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes.

Trainer John Terranova, who actually entered Born Bullish back in the Matron Stakes at Belmont on July 3 only to scratch her, explained that the filly missed a little bit of training time due to a temperature contracted the day before the Matron. She now may be pointed to the Adirondack Stakes here Aug. 14.

“She had gotten a touch of fever and missed two days of training,” Terranova said. “She did fight off something. I just wanted to make sure she’s over everything, didn’t want to rush her into the next spot. She worked fantastic [Tuesday] at Belmont. We’ll just sit tight and wait.”

Born Bullish worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds at Belmont on Tuesday, the fastest of 30 works at the distance.

Distorted Legacy eyes Ruffian

Now that she appears to have found a home on the dirt, Distorted Legacy will now try to hit a home run by running in the Grade 1, $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap here July 31, trainer Angel Penna Jr. said.

After making her first 11 starts on synthetic surfaces or turf, Distorted Legacy has gone 2 for 2 on dirt, including a three-quarter-length victory in the Sky Beauty Stakes at Belmont on July 1. On Wednesday, Distorted Legacy worked an easy half-mile in 51.77 seconds over Saratoga’s main track.

“Even though it’s aiming too high, she’s doing very good and sometimes you got to run horses when they’re doing good,” Penna said Wednesday.

Penna received the filly late last year from owner Bruce Lunsford and ran her in a turf allowance race at Aqueduct. In south Florida, Penna said Distorted Legacy “couldn’t handle the dirt at all,” so he continued to race her on turf. Once he got the filly to Belmont, Distorted Legacy began “gliding over the dirt” in her training. She won an allowance race before the Sky Beauty.

“Sometimes, horses change,” Penna said.

◗ Absinthe Minded, who finished second in the Shuvee and last in the Ogden Phipps, worked four furlongs in 48.03 seconds Wednesday over the Oklahoma training track. She also is nominated to the Ruffian, which is expected to draw Phipps 1-2 finishers Awesome Maria and Payton d’Oro.

◗ Mike Sellitto, the agent for Edgar Prado, will also handle the Saratoga engagements for Kentucky-based jockey Manoel Cruz. After missing the first two days of the meet as he serves out a suspension incurred during the Churchill meet, Cruz will begin riding here on Sunday.

◗ The seventh race on opening day will be named in honor of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who is currently recuperating from injuries suffered when she was shot at a constituent event on Jan. 8. Giffords husband, U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, will make a presentation to the winning connections.