05/12/2003 11:00PM

Sightseek to Shuvee on short notice


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel may only have one starter in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, but it looks like he will have two runners in the Grade 2, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap, run the same day at Belmont Park.

While Frankel was always planning to run Chilean import Wild Spirit in the Shuvee, he said Tuesday he would most likely run Sightseek in the one-mile race, also. Sightseek would return just two weeks after winning the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs, her first Grade 1 victory.

"She didn't come near her top race," Frankel said of Sightseek's performance in the seven-furlong Humana Distaff.

Frankel also noted that Sightseek ran one of her better races here last year, winning an entry-level allowance race by 12 lengths in the fall. Sightseek, owned by Juddmonte Farms, has been first or second in all nine of her career starts.

At 119 pounds, Sightseek will be the co-highweight in the Shuvee along with Raging Fever. Wild Spirit, a multiple Group 1 winner in Chile, gets in at 115 pounds. Nonsuch Bay (115) is the only other confirmed starter for the race. Smok'n Frolic, who was also assigned 119 pounds, is expected to be entered, but she is also entered in Friday's Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap.

Frankel is looking forward to running Wild Spirit, who won six of 10 starts in Chile, including three Group 1 races. She joined Frankel's stable about three or four months ago, but Frankel said he did not want to run her in California.

"I pointed her for New York," Frankel said. "Her style is she comes from way behind."

Monday, Wild Spirit worked five furlongs in 1:01.32 under jockey Javier Castellano, who is expected to ride Wild Spirit in the race. Shaun Bridgmohan would ride Sightseek.

Medaglia d'Oro back in training

Medaglia d'Oro has recently resumed training at Belmont Park, Frankel said, after missing almost a month due to an injured foot.

Medaglia d'Oro got cast in his Hollywood Park stall in mid-April and tore off a good chunk of his foot. The incident occurred shortly after he won the Oaklawn Park Handicap. Medaglia d'Oro was being pointed to the Pimlico Special before the injury and now Frankel isn't sure when he'll make his next start. He hopes to begin breezing Medaglia d'Oro in two weeks.

Frankel said Medaglia d'Oro would most likely be unable to make the handicap races scheduled for June 14 - the Brooklyn at Belmont, the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs, and the Californian at Hollywood Park.

Final Round aimed at Acorn

Final Round, winner of the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill two weeks ago, worked four furlongs in 48.25 seconds Tuesday over Belmont Park's main track. She is being pointed to the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes here June 6.

"It will be a big jump up, but she's got a graded stakes win and that gives you the opportunity to be more aggressive," trainer Rusty Arnold said. "I think she's an improving filly, I think she's coming along nicely. If we don't fit there's a lot of options we can go to."

Final Round, a daughter of Storm Cat, has never been worse than third in seven career starts. She was probably much the best in the Grade 3 Forward Gal at Gulfstream, rallying to be second after stumbling badly at the start. Arnold kept her out of the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes in April because she didn't ship well to Keeneland from Florida.

"She's had the best month she's ever had," Arnold said. "Now she looks very, very good."

La Belle Simone tops Possible Mate

La Belle Simone looms the horse to beat in Thursday's $60,000 Possible Mate, an overnight stakes for fillies and mares who have never won an open stakes. The race is scheduled at 10 furlongs on the inner turf course.

La Belle Simone, an Irish-bred daughter of Grand Lodge, was her own worst enemy in her North American debut when she finished second in a second-level allowance race at Keeneland April 17.

In that race, La Belle Simone made the lead at the three-eighths pole, but drifted out badly and was 10 wide in the stretch. She came on again only to lose by a nose to 59-1 shot Jester. She will break from the rail Thursday under Edgar Prado.

Something Ventured could be the main speed of the race and has run well at 10 furlongs. Sunstone, who gets a rider switch to Jerry Bailey, was competitive last year in both the New York Handicap and Flower Bowl Invitational at 10 furlongs over this course.