05/19/2008 11:00PM

Shes All Eltish has Wolfson flying high


MIAMI - Marty Wolfson has such a fear of flying it usually prevents him from accompanying his horses when they leave south Florida for stakes engagements out of town. So it spoke volumes when the veteran trainer boarded a plane for Baltimore early last Friday morning to saddle Shes All Eltish later that afternoon in Pimlico's Black-Eyed Susan.

Wolfson's confidence in his filly was nearly rewarded when Shes All Eltish, ridden by Garrett Gomez, finished a game second, 1 1/2 lengths behind the late-surging Sweet Vendetta in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. The Calder-based 3-year-old might have won the race had she not ducked in badly while well clear on the lead nearing the eighth pole.

"I read where Garrett said she saw the starting gate parked parallel to the outside rail at the eighth pole and ducked from it," said Wolfson. "He said it cost her the race. I actually never got the chance to talk with him after the race because it was so crowded at Pimlico that day."

Shes All Eltish has had a habit of racing erratically. Principally for that reason, Wolfson bypassed an opportunity to take her to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks to await what he felt would be a little less hectic scene at Pimlico for the Black-Eyed Susan.

"She's still so green," said Wolfson. "And while Garrett rode her great, you have to time her move just perfectly and they might have moved a bit too soon the other day. It also appeared horses were running best out in the middle of the track over the wet track on Friday at Pimlico, and when she ducked in at the eighth pole she wound up right down on the rail, which may also have cost her the race."

Wolfson said he is uncertain what will be next for Shes All Eltish, a versatile sort who won the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes over Gulfstream Park's main track earlier this season but who also owns a win on grass.

"I actually bought her as a yearling as a turf horse," said Wolfson. "But even though she's won on grass and can probably make a nice Grade 3-type stakes filly on turf, I think I'm going to keep her off the grass for a while, because I think she just seems to be better on dirt. I'll have to look around and see what's out there for her, although the Indiana Oaks is one possibility."

Wolfson, who surprisingly described his travelling experience to and from Baltimore as "super," will be on the road again in the near future with the up-and-coming 3-year-old Motovato. The son of Proud Citizen earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure winning a first-level allowance race here earlier in the meet. The number is the highest posted by any 3-year-old in the country this year, including Big Brown.

"I haven't had a horse run a race like that in years," said Wolfson. "IEAH Stable looked into purchasing the horse but decided to pass because of a little minor issue. At the moment I'm considering bringing Motovato up to New York for the Woody Stephens on Belmont Day."

One horse Wolfson plans to keep at home for a while is Golden Spikes, who finished fourth behind the Japanese sensation Casino Drive in the Peter Pan.

"I'm probably going to look to turn him back in distance and point for the Carry Back here on the Summit of Speed card in July," said Wolfson. "I've run him a mile and one-eighth three times now, and while he ran very well in all three races, I think that's a bit too far for him."

Like his colleagues, Wolfson is distraught over the situation that has seen overnight and stakes purses reduced drastically here since the meet began one month ago. The purse cuts stem from a dispute between Calder's owner, Churchill Downs Inc., and horsemen over revenue from advance-deposit wagering.

"I'm considering taking some horses up north, but I really hate to leave, and I'm behind the horsemen here 100 percent on the ADW issue," said Wolfson. "All other sports share the revenue, so I don't understand why we, the horsemen, don't get anything. The slot monies are nothing, but the ADW revenues could be humongous for us.

"Fortunately I have owners who let me fly horses out of here for stakes races. That at least gives me something to look forward to, because I certainly don't have much to look forward to around here these days."

Blue Pepsi Lodge aims for Smile

Blue Pepsi Lodge stamped himself the leading local contender for the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap on July 12 with an easy front-running score in the Champali Stakes on Saturday. Blue Pepsi Lodge, a 6-year-old son of Pioneering trained by Kirk Ziadie, has won six straight races on dirt dating back to Dec. 2. His lone loss during that span came in the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap April 26.

Yesbyjimminy also ran well in the Champali, overcoming early trouble to easily be second while making his first start in nearly seven months for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. Yesbyjimminy finished third behind Black Seventeen and Teuflesberg in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes on the 2007 Summit of Speed program.

* Stakes winner D'artagnans'-spirit, scratched from the Champali, tuned up for a possible future engagement around two turns when he worked a mile in 1:45.08 for Ziadie here Tuesday morning.