09/26/2005 11:00PM

Shadow Cast injured, retired

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Shadow Cast, Robby Albarado up, comes back after her Personal Ensign victory. She was injured in a Belmont workout for Saturday's Beldame.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Shadow Cast, the upset winner of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, suffered a torn tendon in her right foreleg on Tuesday and has been retired, trainer Neil Howard said.

Shadow Cast suffered the injury during a workout over Belmont Park's main track in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Beldame at Belmont. Shadow Cast was credited with a half-mile move in 49.54 seconds under exercise rider Annie Finney.

"She's got a couple of tears in the upper third of the tendon, which spells retirement," Howard said. "It's not horrible, but a filly like this, the way she's come around as of late, there's not even a question. It's just a shame. She couldn't have trained better since the race at Saratoga, but that's how these things happen sometimes."

, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike, had a tremendous season in 2005. She won 4 of 7 starts, including the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup on Kentucky Oaks Day and the Personal Ensign, her first Grade 1 victory, in which she upset Ashado. She also won two listed stakes on turf. Shadow Cast is owned and was bred by Bill Farish, the son of Will Farish.

Howard was getting excited about Shadow Cast's prospects for the fall. She was to have used the Beldame as a prep for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"It's frustrating," Howard said. "There was no indication leading up to it. If there was anything going on prior to this, there were no outward signs. We had no concerns. I've just been apprehensive with her because she had been training so well and looking so well. It's just the usual thing, you hope the race comes up soon."

Shadow Cast retired with a record of 9-2-6 from 21 starts and earnings of $923,751. At 3, Shadow Cast won the Grade 2 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Despite the loss of Shadow Cast, the Beldame should still be an exceptional race with Ashado, Dream of Summer, Happy Ticket, Island Sand, Personal Legend, Society Selection, and Sweet Symphony.

Alumni Hall works for Gold Cup

Tuesday wasn't a total downer for Howard. Alumni Hall breezed a strong five furlongs in 1:00.74 over the main track, and it looks like he will run in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Howard said Alumni Hall would at least be entered in the Gold Cup while he and owner Will Farish decide between that race or the Meadowlands Cup on Oct. 7.

"Alumni Hall worked great, and he's trained real well and he's sharp," Howard said. "You get indecisive when you have another race that suits him 20 miles away. Of course, the Gold Cup is a great race so we're kind of on the fence right now, but we'll have a decision pretty soon."

Sun King joins Gold Cup field

In 2000, trainer Nick Zito and owner Tracy Farmer teamed up to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup with the 3-year-old Albert the Great. Zito and Farmer are hoping lightning strikes twice when they send out the 3-year-old Sun King in Saturday's Gold Cup.

Sun King, one of the more highly rated 3-year-olds at the beginning of the year, has begun living up to expectations in his last few races. Sun King, who finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, comes off an impressive 4 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Labor Day, in which he had to overcome post 14.

Zito said he and Farmer chose the Gold Cup to find out if Sun King is worthy of running in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 29.

"That's exactly right," Zito said. "It'll tell you if you can go on. Whatever happened in the Derby he's back on his way again. I'm really happy with him. Tracy likes to play the game."

Rafael Bejarano will ride Sun King, who last Saturday worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

Film Maker ready for Flower Bowl

Trainer Graham Motion feels that Film Maker's record at Belmont Park mirrors her overall record: It's better than it looks.

Motion hopes Film Maker can improve on both records when she runs in Saturday's $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at 1 1/4 miles. Film Maker is 0 for 2 at Belmont, but both losses weren't by much. In last year's Flower Bowl, Film Maker was beaten one length when she finished fourth behind Riskaverse. This year, she finished third, beaten a half-length, in the Grade 2 New York Handicap.

Motion said that Film Maker was too far behind a dawdling pace in last year's Flower Bowl. In the New York, Film Maker got shuffled back entering the far turn and her late rally fell short.

"Her race record, especially at Belmont, is very misleading," Motion said. "She was very unlucky in the spring, and I think she was unlucky last year. I think she prefers Belmont. I don't think she cared for the tighter turns at Saratoga or at Pimlico."

Overall, Film Maker has a record of 6-5-5 from 20 starts. She finished second to Ouija Board in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

On Tuesday, Film Maker worked seven furlongs in 1:33 over the woodchips at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

A field of nine is expected for the Flower Bowl, including Angara, Lune d'Or, Melhor Ainda, Riskaverse, Sand Springs, Secret Charm, Sundrop, and Wonder Again.

Latice to aim for E.P. Taylor

One filly who won't be running in the Flower Bowl is Latice, the Irish-bred who was impressive winning the Waya Stakes at Saratoga on

Aug. 12. Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said he decided to skip the Flower Bowl when he became aware that Latice was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and is unlikely to be supplemented to that race.

Sheppard said Latice would be pointed to the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on Oct. 23, with a possible start at Delaware Park on Monday.

Dr. Pleasure may try Cowdin

Dr. Pleasure, an impressive juvenile debut winner at Saratoga, may run in Sunday's $75,000 Cowdin Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Dr. Pleasure is a son of Thunder Gulch out of the champion mare Beautiful Pleasure owned by John Oxley and trained by John Ward. He won his debut on Sept. 2 at Saratoga, winning a 6 1/2-furlong race by 7 1/4 lengths. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

Dr. Pleasure arrived at Belmont Park last Thursday, and on Monday he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.98 over the main track under jockey Edgar Prado. Donna Ward, assistant trainer to her husband, said the Cowdin is more likely than the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 8.

"The Champagne is a tough race. It's got stakes winners in it, and I'd like to have the easiest path to get there because it's next year that counts," Donna Ward said. "Whoever wins the Champagne is going to have to run their best race and then have to come back barely three weeks later."

He's Got Grit, the undefeated winner of the Sapling Stakes, is scheduled to run in the Cowdin. He's Got Grit worked a solid four furlongs in 49.45 seconds Tuesday over the main track.

Others pointing to the Cowdin are Jimmy's Pride, Town Council, Trippi Appeal, and possibly Winning Minister.