04/05/2006 11:00PM

Silver Train: Top credentials but vulnerable


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Silver Train enters Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap with the glossiest resume, but he certainly seems vulnerable even in a less-than-stellar Carter field.

Silver Train was one of three horses trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. entered for the Grade 1 Carter, and one of eight entered overall. The Carter, run at seven furlongs, is one of three stakes on an 11-race card that includes the $750,000 Wood Memorial and $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes, both for 3-year-olds.

Silver Train has had three of his four wins come at Belmont Park, including his upset of Lost in the Fog in last year's BC Sprint. He has never run at Aqueduct and is coming off a poor effort in the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream Park. He only shows one work since that March 4 race, though Dutrow said he blew the horse out on Thursday at Aqueduct. He was not credited with a timed work.

"I'm ready to run him," said Dutrow, who added he would not run Silver Train on a wet track. "He's doing very good. [The Carter] is a Grade 1 because that's what it says in the program. To me, the competition, other than Mass Media, does not stack up to be Grade 1 horses."

Silver Train breaks from post 6 under high weight of 120 pounds.

Dutrow also entered Call the Lord and Kazoo. Both are owned principally by the International Equine Acquisition Holdings and will be coupled in the wagering. Call the Lord is definite to run and is coming off a monster allowance win on Feb. 19.

"I'm going to go in there thinking he's very live," Dutrow said.

Kazoo is coming off a career-best effort, winning the Grade 3 Toboggan at six furlongs. He may be more suspect at seven furlongs.

Mass Media, who won the Grade 1 Forego last summer, ran the best race of his career over this track, winning the 2004 Sport Page Handicap. He has not run since finishing second in last November's Cigar Mile. Trainer Bobby Frankel said the layoff won't be an excuse.

"He's dead fit," Frankel said.

Sir Greeley is in career form, having beaten Funny Cide and Sun King in an allowance race and finishing second, beaten a neck, by Mr. Fotis, in the Richter Scale at Gulfstream.

"If he just runs like he's been running he should be tough," trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.

Big Apple Daddy is the low-weight in the field, but he has more than a puncher's chance. He is coming off two solid wins in New York-bred company on the inner track.

"I think the main [track] will help him just being able to close," trainer Bruce Levine said. "Maybe [he's] not good enough, but I'm going to take my shot."

The field

Carter Handicap
Purse: $300,000; 7 furlongs; Grade 1

1Bishop Court HillJ. Santos11512-1
2Happy HuntingM. Smith11512-1
3Sir GreeleyG. Gomez1165-2
4Mass MediaR. Dominguez1182-1
5a-KazooR. Migliore11510-1
6Silver TrainE. Prado1208-5
7a-Call the LordP. Fragoso11410-1
8Big Apple DaddyO. Mojica11320-1

* Odds by Art Gropper
* a-Coupled