05/17/2004 11:00PM

Shake You Down out with sore ankle


ELMONT, N.Y. - Shake You Down, one of the country's top sprinters, will spend the next 60 to 90 days at a New Jersey farm to recover from a minor injury to his right front ankle.

Scott Lake, Shake You Down's trainer, said the 6-year-old sustained the injury when he stumbled badly coming out of the starting gate in the Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park on May 8. Shake You Down, a front-runner, trailed in the six-horse field after the bad break and finished last as the heavy favorite.

"The ankle was a little achy after the race," Lake said. "It's nothing major, but he has had such a hard campaign, it's the right thing to do."

Lake said he hopes to bring Shake You Down back to the races in the fall with the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park as the main objective.

Shake You Down finished third in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park. He also won four graded stakes last year, including the Grade 3 Bold Ruler and Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup.

This year, Shake You Down won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park in January and then ran twice at Oaklawn Park, finishing last in the Hot Springs and winning the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

Owned by Robert Cole, Shake You Down has earnings of $1.2 million and a record of 16-6-4 in 40 starts. Lake claimed the son of Montbrook for $65,000 at Aqueduct in March 2003.

Tiger Hunt in Peter Pan

Tiger Hunt, a well-regarded 2-year-old last year, will run in New York for the first time in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes.

Owned by Team Valor Stables, Tiger Hunt won his career debut at Churchill Downs last July. He returned to the races in September and won the Cradle Stakes at River Downs. After finishing second in the Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland early in October, Tiger Hunt ended the season by finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

In one start this year, Tiger Hunt, a son of Kris S., finished fourth, beaten nine lengths, in the Northern Spur Breeders' Cup in the slop at Oaklawn on April 10. The Northern Spur was run at a mile around two turns. The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is around one turn.

"The sweeping turns at Belmont should suit his closing style," trainer Ralph Nicks said. "He ran a little duller than I expected at Oaklawn, but we needed to get started somewhere. Maybe it was the slop or the short stretch. Basically, we're just getting started with him this year, and we hope to get some momentum going Saturday."

As of Tuesday morning, Nicks had not named a rider on Tiger Hunt, who is stabled at Saratoga. According to the official workout tab, Tiger Hunt worked a half-mile in 50.44 seconds on Tuesday. Nicks said Tiger Hunt worked three furlongs in "36 and change" and galloped out a half-mile in "49 and change."

Funny Cide works, targeting Met Mile

Funny Cide, who is being pointed to the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont on May 31, worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.07 over Belmont's main track on Tuesday.

Funny Cide's trainer, Barclay Tagg, scratched Funny Cide from last Friday's Pimlico Special the morning of the race because he didn't want to run the gelding in hot weather. At post time, the temperature was 86 degrees, with the humidity at 43 percent.

Tagg said if it's that hot and humid the day of the Met Mile, Funny Cide probably won't run.

"A lot of people think I didn't want to run at Pimlico, but I was dying to run him," Tagg said. "He just doesn't do well in hot weather. He's always had respiratory issues. I would love to run him in the Met Mile. It's here, there's no ship, and it's a lot of money."

The last time Funny Cide ran in a one-turn race was at Gulfstream in January in his 4-year-old debut. He won the seven-furlong optional claimer by five lengths. As a 2-year-old, Funny Cide won three one-turn races at Belmont, including the one-mile Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-breds.

"I don't know if he's a miler or not, but he's gotten so he relaxes," Tagg said. "They may go fast enough in there where he could sit third or fourth, and he could be really tough."

* Jockey Diane Nelson won her first race since returning from an injury aboard Moona Lisa in Sunday's fourth race. Last October, Nelson, 38, broke her left ankle in a spill at Belmont. Nelson began galloping horses in February in Florida and rode her first race since the accident last month. Moona Lisa, trained by Jimmy Jerkens, was Nelson's 10th mount since her return.

* Comely winner Society Selection worked three furlongs in 37.93 over Belmont's main track on Tuesday in preparation for the $250,000 Acorn Stakes on June 4.