05/05/2004 11:00PM

Shake You Down looks for a repeat


ELMONT, N.Y. - It has been nearly 14 months since trainer Scott Lake claimed Shake You Down for $65,000 and then developed him into one of the best sprinters in the country.

has won six stakes since the claim, including last year's Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park. On Saturday, Shake You Down will be the heavy favorite to win the $100,000-added Bold Ruler for the second year in a row.

Undefeated in three starts at Belmont, Shake You Down is the 121-pound highweight and gives eight to 10 pounds to his five rivals in the six-furlong race.

In his last start, a victory in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 8, the front-running Shake You Down didn't beat a particularly tough group. A comfortable lead in the stretch was whittled down to a head at the wire.

Scott Lake, Shake You Down's trainer, said the 6-year-old wasn't in top form for the Count Fleet Sprint. Eighteen days earlier, Shake You Down had finished last in the Hot Springs Stakes and came out of the race with a "ton of mucus," according to Lake.

"He missed nine days of training after [the Hot Springs]," Lake said. "He was 75 percent going into his last race. He's 100 percent now and pretty sharp."

Ramon Dominguez has the mount from the rail in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler.

Rain is in the forecast, and Shake You Down is 5 for 7 over wet tracks.

Key Deputy is unlikely to run if the track is wet. Trainer Bill Mott scratched Key Deputy from the Churchill Downs Handicap on Kentucky Derby Day because of a wet track.

Key Deputy hasn't run since March 6, when he won a Gulfstream Park allowance race by three lengths in a quick 1:21.81 for seven furlongs.

"That was a fast race, and I wanted to give him a good amount of time in between races," Mott said.

The Bold Ruler would be the first stakes for Key Deputy, who has early speed. Jerry Bailey rides Key Deputy from post 4.

is in good form and has been training super for Allen Jerkens, who has won stakes the last three Saturdays in New York.

Canadian Frontier, who ran well at Belmont last year in two starts, including a maiden win over two next-out winners, receives a class test.

"I don't know if he's good enough to run with these horses, but he's doing well," said his trainer, Stanley Hough.

likes Belmont and has the right style in a field with a lot of speed. Secret Run completes the field.