07/27/2009 11:00PM

Saratoga Sinner ready to start over

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Barbara D. Livingston
Forever Together, the reigning female champion turf runner, takes a walk with with rider Danielle Hodsdon Tuesday at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Saratoga Sinner's stay on the Triple Crown trail was short-lived. A knee injury knocked him out of contention for the Kentucky Derby shortly after he won the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream at the end of January.

Now fully recovered from surgery, Saratoga Sinner is eyeing the Travers Stakes on Aug. 29, and following a sharp workout here on Tuesday, he may just prep for it in Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy.

Saratoga Sinner worked four furlongs in 47.45 seconds over the Oklahoma training track Tuesday, the fastest of 20 works at the distance. It was his eighth work since early June and his third bullet move in his last four breezes.

"We gave him plenty of time, and he's come back really good," trainer Eddie Kenneally said. "I think we got him as fit as we can off workouts alone. Obviously, he'll benefit from a race. You got to start somewhere. We're thinking of the Travers and the fall races. It's not the end of the world if we don't win this."

After losing both of his starts at 2, Saratoga Sinner won a maiden race at Gulfstream on Jan. 7 followed by the Grade 3 Holy Bull on Jan. 31, both at 1 1/8 miles. Shortly after the Holy Bull, Saratoga Sinner had surgery for a chip in his knee.

If he runs in the Jim Dandy, he will most likely face a field that includes the top three finishers from the Dwyer - Kensei, Convocation, and Warrior's Reward - Peter Pan winner Charitable Man, recent allowance winner Flat Bold, and Flying Private.

Saratoga Sinner isn't the only stakes horse Kenneally sent out for a workout on Tuesday. Custom for Carlos, the Jersey Shore Stakes winner who is running in Monday's Grade 2 Amsterdam, worked four furlongs in 51.43 seconds, while Keep the Peace, pointing to the Grade 2 Honorable Miss on Aug. 8, went a half-mile in 50.83 seconds.

Seattle Smooth done for the year

Seattle Smooth, the most accomplished older female on dirt this year, is likely done for 2009 because of minor issues that have prompted her connections to give her a 60-day break.

Seattle Smooth is 3 for 3 this year - and unbeaten in five starts on fast dirt - including a victory in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park on June 13. She was originally being pointed to Sunday's Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap at Saratoga.

Instead, Seattle Smooth will remain in light training at Aqueduct for the time being, with her connections eyeing a return to the races in 2010.

"Seattle Smooth is not moving as well and acting as well as she was going into the Phipps and is deserving of a break," trainer Tony Dutrow said. "The tax of those three races have her not the same horse. She's not sour, she's not refusing, I just know she's not the same."

Seattle Smooth, owned by Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stables, had blossomed since being transferred to the East Coast and Dutrow last summer. She won the Go for Wand at Delaware Park and the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park to end her 3-year-old campaign last year. She began her 4-year-old season with a victory in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses at Aqueduct before winning the Grade 2 Shuvee and the Phipps at Belmont. She was not being considered for this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic because the race was being run on the synthetic Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita.

"Our goal was to win a Grade 1 with her," Dutrow said. "Everything cooperated, and we were able to do that. Next year, the Breeders' Cup is on dirt, and it would be great if we could get there next year."

With Seattle Smooth out of the mix, Seventh Street likely becomes the favorite for the Go for Wand in what figures to be a small field. Seventh Street, who won the Grade 1 Apple Blossom in April, finished second behind Seattle Smooth in the Phipps in her last start.

Miss Isella, who won the Louisville Distaff and Fleur de Lis handicaps, and Weathered, are the only other definites. Color Me Up and Skylighter are possible.

Dame Ellen to miss Lake George

A field of nine 3-year-old fillies was entered for Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes, but Dame Ellen was not among them.

Dame Ellen, who has won three consecutive races, suffered a bruised left front foot, according to trainer Chad Brown. Brown had considered entering her and seeing if he could get the foot healed, but after discussing it with owner Charles Whacker, the decision was made to sit this one out.

"Trying to patch horses into races is never something I do," Brown said. "I like them to be 100 percent. When she's 100 percent we'll get her back to the track."

The Lake George came up a fairly competitive race, with Mary's Follies, winner of the Grade 3 Boiling Springs, perhaps a slight favorite. Mary's Follies was purchased privately by Paul Pompa Jr. following the Boiling Springs and turned over to Richard Dutrow Jr. Kiawah Cat, trained by Bill Mott and second to Mary's Follies in that race, is also entered.

Other top contenders include Consequence, winner of the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington, and Keertana and The Best Day Ever, the one-two finishers in the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill.

Dancing Forever has surgery

The Grade 1 winner Dancing Forever will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a suspensory injury in the Man o' War on July 11. Dancing Forever underwent surgery last week, trainer Shug McGaughey said.

"He's out a while," McGaughey said. "He had minor surgery on it a week or so ago.''

On his return, McGaughey said, "We'll play it by ear."

Dancing Forever won the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont last year and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in October. He had made only two starts this year.

Violette hopes for more juvenile success

After the first 2-year-old he ran this year was beaten nearly 20 lengths, trainer Rick Violette thought to himself, "This could be an ugly summer." But in the last four weeks, Violette's belief that he has a solid group of 2-year-olds has proven correct.

Violette closed the Belmont meet with three victories in juvenile races, and all of them figure to run back in stakes at this meet. It starts Thursday in the Grade 2 Sanford with Bulls and Bears, who is coming off a neck victory in a maiden race. Bulls and Bears showed professionalism beyond his experience, and Violette thinks he will improve off the race.

"He had shown talent, but he wasn't necessarily the sharpest knife in the drawer," Violette said. "And he's a different horse when he's with other horses. He'll gallop around like a pony and then you put him with horses he becomes a man."

As much as he likes Bulls and Bears, Violette thinks Not Macho Any More could be better. Not Macho Any More won his debut by 5 1/2 lengths on July 16, running five furlongs in 59.08 seconds. He is being pointed to the Saratoga Special on Aug. 20.

Last week, Violette got lucky when a turf race was rained off to the main track and Worstcasescenario won the race by 5 3/4 lengths. By getting that race in, Violette can now target the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 19.

Violette believes he has a few more maidens who could prosper at Saratoga, led by the filly Capital Adequacy, who could be ready for the middle or end of the meet.

Meanwhile, Violette hasn't given up on Quantitativeeasing, the filly who was beaten 19 1/2 lengths in her debut, or Chairman Now, a Tiznow colt who ran fifth after breaking slowly.