04/17/2007 11:00PM

'Shobiz' breezes effortlessly but slow


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Since he still has two more dress rehearsals before the big dance, Nobiz Like Shobiz's slow half-mile breeze Wednesday morning at Belmont Park is hardly cause for alarm. But, it did demonstrate that his connections still have some fine-tuning to do to be ready for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.

In his first timed workout since winning the Wood Memorial, Nobiz Like Shobiz went a leisurely four furlongs in 51.20 seconds over the Belmont training track. With Derek Sturniolo, a former jockey, in the irons, Nobiz Like Shobiz was timed in fractions of 13.13 seconds, 25.21, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.94. He worked with blinkers on, equipment he has been breezing in since finishing third in the Fountain of Youth in March. He also wore the blinkers in the Wood.

"I wasn't looking for anything special here, I just wanted him to go faster than that," trainer Barclay Tagg said. "This is just a maintenance work. I was looking for 49 [seconds], but the track's a little heavy too."

Though Nobiz Like Shobiz has done most of his training over Belmont's main track, Tagg moved the workout to the training track because he felt it was in better condition than the main track after several days of rain. The training track was listed as fast for morning workouts.

Sturniolo never asked Nobiz Like Shobiz to run during the work, and it appeared that the still-curious horse was attempting to look at the plethora of cars that are located inside the training track. The New York Racing Association leases some of Belmont's parking lot to car dealerships that store their new cars there.

"I thought he worked well, a little slow, but well," Sturniolo said. "He feels great, no qualms about that. It's just we went a little slower than we wanted to go."

Tagg said all is well physically with Nobiz Like Shobiz, who is scheduled to have two more workouts before shipping to Churchill on May 2.

"He's doing good," Tagg said. "He's coming off a nice win. He's been in a couple of real dogfights now so he ought to know what it's about."

Jerkens may run two in Bed o' Roses

Trainer Allen Jerkens may take two shots at winning an eighth running of the Bed o' Roses Handicap when that race is run for the 51st time on Saturday.

Already planning to run probable favorite Any Limit in the Grade 2, $150,000 race, Jerkens is now considering entering Grade 1 winner Swap Fliparoo as well. On Wednesday, Swap Fliparoo worked five furlongs in 1:02.91, four days after she worked five furlongs in 1:01.92.

"I just gave her a work in case I wanted to run her," said Jerkens, who is also considering trying Swap Fliparoo on the turf.

Swap Fliparoo, who won the Grade 1 Test last summer, has already run three times this year, finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, winning the Grade 3 Sabin Handicap, and running third in the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap to stablemate Miss Shop.

The Rampart was run at a 1 1/8 miles around two turns. The Bed o' Roses is run at seven furlongs.

Meanwhile, Any Limit will be favored, based on her wins in the First Lady and Hurricane Bertie handicaps. Most recently, she finished second, beaten one length by Sweet Fervor, in the Grade 2 Shirley Jones.

Any Limit and defending Bed o' Roses winner Magnolia Jackson will be the co-highweights at 118 pounds. Others expected to run include Carmandia (116), Livermore Valley (114), and Trendy Lady (114).

Jerkens first won the Bed o' Roses in 1964 with a 5-year-old mare named Beauful. Jerkens said he was going to scratch Beauful from that race, but when he went to do it there were already three other scratches so he decided to take a shot. He won with an apprentice rider, Walter Mayorga, in the irons.

Jerkens other Bed o' Roses winners were Poker Knight (1973), Aptostar (1988), Classy Mirage (1994), Incinerate (1995), Dixie Flag (1998), and Passing Shot (2004). Grecian Lover, another Jerkens-trainee, was beaten a neck when second to Magnolia Jackson last year.

Who What Win targets Kings Point

Upon learning that Master Command was going to run in Saturday's $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap at Hawthorne, the connections of Who What Win changed their plans and will now point their New York-bred to next weekend's $65,000 Kings Point Handicap.

On Wednesday, Who What Win worked five furlongs in 1:00.10 in company with the New York-bred filly Twistaway. Who What Win has won two straight open company allowance races, earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in both starts.

"It's a long way to go," Tonja Terranova, assistant to her husband, trainer John, said of the Hawthorne race. "We know he really likes Aqueduct. If he wins that we could look for other options for him."

The Kings Point, restricted to New York-breds and run at 1 1/8 miles, could come up a solid race with the likes of Accountforthegold, Carminooch, Funny Cide, and possibly Organizer and Spite the Devil.

* Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. took off his mounts yesterday to be with his 14-month old son, who was hospitalized with a breathing problem. Arroyo said his son was undergoing tests to see what was causing the problem.