05/10/2009 11:00PM

Seattle Smooth ready for Shuvee

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Seattle Smooth romped in last month's Bed o' Roses at Aqueduct in her 4-year-old debut.

ELMONT, N.Y. - On Saturday, about an hour before Rachel Alexandra, the most heralded 3-year-old filly in the country, is scheduled to take on males in the Preakness, Seattle Smooth, arguably among the most underappreciated older females in training, will be running in the Grade 2 Shuvee at Belmont Park.

Seattle Smooth, a 4-year-old daughter of Quiet American, will bring a three-race winning streak into the $150,000 Shuvee, a one-turn mile race. The streak began last August with a victory in the Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park and continued with an upset win over Proud Spell in the Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park. Proud Spell was crowned 3-year-old filly champion of 2008.

Though trainer Tony Dutrow had said Seattle Smooth would not be fully cranked for her 4-year-old debut, she cruised to a 5 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct last month.

Dutrow has an ambitious schedule planned for Seattle Smooth that would include next month's Grade 1 Phipps Handicap and then, if warranted, one or two graded stakes at Saratoga.

On Monday, Seattle Smooth completed preparations for the Shuvee by working four furlongs in 49.30 seconds over Aqueduct's main track.

"Seattle Smooth, knock on wood, is doing excellent," Dutrow said. "Our camp is feeling great about Seattle Smooth."

Seattle Smooth will be the starting highweight in the Shuvee at 120 pounds. The Shuvee figures to have a small field that could include Rising Fever, Sea Chanter, Striking Tomisue, Are We Dreamin, and Color Me Up. In her dirt debut, Sea Chanter finished second, beaten 6 1/2 lengths by One Caroline, in the Grade 2 Rampart on March 29.

On Sunday, Sea Chanter, a Grade 3 winner on turf, worked four furlongs in 47.69 over Belmont's training track.

Mr. Sidney to Met Mile

Mr. Sidney, winner of the Grade 1 Maker's Mark Mile on turf at Keeneland, will try to become a Grade 1 winner on dirt when he runs in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap here on May 25.

The Met Mile was chosen over other alternatives such as the Shoemaker, a Grade 1, $250,000 turf race going a mile at Hollywood Park on the same day.

"The feeling is this race is in our backyard, we're here, he's got a stallion's pedigree, he's now a Grade 1 winner - if he's able to reproduce something like that on dirt, he'd be a very valuable asset," trainer Bill Mott said.

Mr. Sidney is a son of Storm Cat out of the mare Tomisue's Delight, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and a full sister to the 2003 Horse of the Year, Mineshaft.

On Monday, Mr. Sidney worked four furlongs in 47.84 seconds over the Belmont main track.

"This horse for me has never been a big, big work horse," Mott said. "I thought he went well, as well as I've seen him go, but he's not a horse that really wows you in the a.m.; he never has been, even if you work him on the grass."

Chocolate Candy starts Belmont preparations

Chocolate Candy, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in 47.84 seconds Monday morning over Belmont's main track as he prepares for a start in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Exercise rider Lindsey Molina was aboard for the move, in which Belmont clockers timed the last quarter in 23.84 and got him galloping out in 1:00.02.

"We thought he went real nice and handled the track well," said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was in from California to oversee the move. "We're very pleased to be here to get ready for the Belmont."

Hollendorfer had not yet mapped out a breeze schedule for Chocolate Candy, but did say he would like jockey Mike Smith to work him at least once leading up to the Belmont. Smith will be on the East Coast next weekend as he is expected to pick up the mount on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird for Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico.

Charitable Man: Belmont or Dwyer next

Charitable Man came out of his sharp victory in Saturday's Peter Pan Stakes in good order, and while the Belmont Stakes is a definite possibility for the colt, his connections may wait and see what happens in Saturday's Preakness before committing to the race.

If Charitable Man were to pass the Belmont, then he would most likely make his next start in the Dwyer Stakes here on July 4.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the ultimate goal for Charitable Man is the Travers on Aug. 29 at Saratoga. In mapping out a schedule, McLaughlin originally thought about the Dwyer, then the Jim Dandy (Aug. 1) or Haskell (Aug. 9) followed by the Travers.

"We'll know more after Saturday, see how the Preakness unfolds, see how the [Belmont] is coming up," McLaughlin said.

Charitable Man is 2 for 2 at Belmont with a win in last September's Grade 2 Futurity. He earned a career-best 98 Beyer Speed Figure for his 3 3/4-length Peter Pan victory, in which he ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.13.

McLaughlin wants Rachel to run in Preakness

McLaughlin said he is rooting for Rachel Alexandra to run in the Preakness. McLaughlin is the trainer of Justwhistledixie, whom he hopes to run in the Grade 1 Acorn on June 6. Before being sold to Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra's previous connections were pointing her to the Acorn.

"I hope she wins by 19 lengths and they stay away from the fillies," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin had to scratch Justwhistledixie out of the Kentucky Oaks a few hours before the race with what was diagnosed as a bruised foot. It turned out to be just some discomfort with the way the shoe was hitting her foot. Justwhistledixie has returned to the track, and on Monday she galloped for the first time since before the Oaks.

"She's doing well," said McLaughlin, who may also look at the Acorn for Dream Play or Saarlight.

Banrock may stretch out

Banrock, the 4 3/4-length winner of Sunday's $108,500 Kingston Stakes for New York-breds, may seek to stretch out in distance for his next start, trainer Tom Bush said.

Bush had been pointing Banrock to the Kingston since he put him away last fall and had not given much thought beyond that race. In his first start since last November's Red Smith, Banrock stalked the pacesetting Mission Approved before blowing past him in midstretch to record the easy victory. He earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance, which came over his preferred soft turf.

Bush believes Banrock has the capability to stretch out in distance. Last year, he finished third in the Grade 3 Red Smith at 1 3/8 miles, but that race was run over a bog of a turf course.

"If I could find the right race I'd like to try him one in one of those marathons again," Bush said.

One option could be the Grade 3 Singspiel at 1 1/2 miles at Woodbine on June 21. Mission Approved won that race last year.