08/08/2012 6:33PM

Saratoga notes: Fire On Ice back to work

Tom Keyser
Fire On Ice has not raced all year.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Fire On Ice gave the impression, after registering a 10 3/4-length victory in his debut here last year on Travers day, that he might be a force to reckon with in races like the Jim Dandy and Travers this summer. Unfortunately, Fire On Ice suffered a condylar fracture in his right hind ankle while training for the Champagne that has kept him idle ever since.

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Fire On Ice rejoined trainer John Kimmel's barn this spring and had his first five-furlong work on the comeback trail, completing the distance in 1:01.74 seconds early Wednesday morning, starting a couple of lengths behind before pulling well clear of a workmate at the wire. Kimmel and his partner Eli Gindi sold 80 percent of Fire On Ice to Frank Stronach shortly after his easy maiden win.

"Each breeze we're asking a little more out of him," said Kimmel. "This time he ran past his company pretty easily. He's showing good willingness, staying sound. Everything so far is okay. This is his first five-eighths. He's probably three, four weeks away, I'd say."

Disposablepleasure likely for Lake Placid

Disposablepleausure, who began her career on turf last summer at Saratoga, will most likely return to that surface for the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes here on Aug. 19, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Disposablepleasure worked four furlongs in 48.44 seconds over the turf course at the Oklahoma training track.

"I liked it," Pletcher said. "It's a definite maybe. We've been thinking about going back to it, but you hated to miss big opportunities on the dirt when she was running well on it, but it might be time now."

Disposablepleasure won her maiden at Belmont on the dirt last October and then took the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct. She had been competitive in several dirt graded stakes, including a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 23 before finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 21.

Pletcher also worked Turbo Compressor, the front-running winner of the United Nations Handicap, on Tuesday in preparation for the Sword Dancer Invitational on Aug 18.
Turbo Compressor went five furlongs in 1:01.12 over the Oklahoma turf.

Semi-private training session

The Oklahoma turf course was like a three-ring circus when it opened for the general population at 10 a.m. Wednesday. But that was not the case when three horses prepping for upcoming stakes, Summer Front, Mystical Star, and Centre Court, had the course all to themselves 15 minutes earlier.

Summer Front, working in company with a stablemate from the barn of trainer Christophe Clement, sizzled five furlongs inside the dogs in 58.35 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:11.48. Mystical Star, going by herself, covered the same distance in 59.73 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.29 several minutes later. Centre Court was first over the firm course, working a half-mile in 47.68 seconds for trainer Rusty Arnold.

"Both horses had a nice work," said Clement. "Summer Front will go to either the Secretariat or the Saranac, and the filly either the Beverly D. or something else. We'll make our mind up over the next several days."

Arnold said Centre Court's work was "a little quicker than I wanted," but it was enough to convince him to run the Lake George winner back in the Lake Placid Stakes on Aug. 19.

"I wasn't sure until I saw her come back if I was going to run, but I liked the way she went," said Arnold who also reported that his Karlovy Vary came out of her third-place finish in the Nani Rose Stakes cut up on her right foreleg, requiring 12 stitches.

Carried Interest will skip Special

Trainer Rick Violette confirmed that Carried Interest will miss Sunday's Grade 2 Saratoga Special because of a tender shin.

Violette first detected the shin ailment on Tuesday, but at that time did not totally eliminate the horse from the race, depending on how it looked on Wednesday.
Violette said Carried Interest would jog for a week or two and then be reevaluated.
Violette said Wednesday he had not yet decided if he would run Spurious Precision in the Special.

Spurious Precision looked extremely good winning a maiden race here on July 21 and came back with a terrific workout here Tuesday morning.

◗ Sportswriter rallied from last to upset the odds-on favorite King Kreesa by a neck in Wednesday's $100,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes. Javier Castellano rode the winner, who paid $12.80 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Sleepy Freud finished third.

◗ Bern Identity, winner of the Grade 3 Sanford here on July 22, breezed an easy half-mile in 47.63 seconds and galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.57 here Wednesday. Bern Identity is likely to return in the Grade 2 Hopeful on Labor Day.

◗ Awesome Feather, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, worked four furlongs in 50.65 seconds over the Oklahoma training track Wednesday morning.

Trainer Chad Brown said he is in "a holding pattern right now" as he tries to figure out whether to try and run Awesome Feather once or twice before the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita in November.

◗ The jockey agent carousel was on the move again Wednesday with news that jockey Alan Garcia has split with Ron Anderson and joined up with Jim Riccio Jr.

In order for that to happen, Riccio had to split with Edgar Prado and Mike Luzzi, both of whom are now agent-less for the time being.

Garcia left Anderson after Anderson took the book of Joel Rosario, who recently fired Ronny Ebanks.

-- additional reporting by David Grening