08/22/2011 2:59PM

Saratoga: Cool Blue Red Hot set for King’s Bishop

Tom Keyser
Cool Blue Red Hot is scheduled to make his next start in Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -  Saturday’s seven-furlong King’s Bishop lost one potential starter when The Factor was withdrawn from the race, but gained another after trainer Angel Penna Jr. confirmed Monday that his 3-year-old Cool Blue Red Hot would start in the Grade 1 fixture.

Cool Blue Red Hot had originally been pointed to the Jim Dandy here July 30, but had to taken out of consideration for the Grade 2 event after contracting a case of colic a little more than a week before the race. Cool Blue Red Hot, a son of Harlan’s Holiday, has not started since finishing third in Belmont’s Grade 2 Dwyer on July 2.

“The King’s Bishop is going to be an extremely tough race and is not the ideal spot for him, but after considering all the other options, including the Smarty Jones at Parx, we decided staying in New York would be our best option,” Penna explained. “The King’s Bishop is not a perfect silver bullet for him, but if you look at how the race is supposed to be run, it sets up with a lot of pace and that helps. We’ll have him make one late run and try to get them at the end.”

Penna said that Cool Blue Red Hot suffered no ill effects from his bout of colic and that he’s trained extremely well over the past several weeks, including a bullet five-furlong drill in 1:00 here Thursday.

“He only missed four or five days because of the colic, but it was at the wrong time, enough to cause him to miss a key work for the Jim Dandy,” Penna said.

Penna said Manoel Cruz, who guided cool Blue Red Hot to his maiden win last fall at Calder, will be aboard in the King’s Bishop.

Bond postpones Tizway’s workout

Trainer James Bond said he would postpone Tuesday’s scheduled work for Tizway until later in the week as he watched the Whitney winner jog over the main track after the renovation break Monday. Tizway, who also won the Met Mile earlier this year, was accompanied on Monday by Bond’s stable pony Pleasant Breeze, a two-time Grade 2 winner in his own right and a member of the starting lineup in the 2001 Whitney.

“The weather has me a little screwed up this week, and I have to be a little careful with him to make sure we keep his feet under control,” Bond said. “But I always leave myself a little cushion just in case, so it won’t be any problem pushing back his work a couple of days to wait for a better track.”