06/06/2005 11:00PM

Sis City, Saint Liam to Frankel


ELMONT, N.Y. - With trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. on suspension till the end of July, the owners of Sis City and Saint Liam have turned over their Grade 1 winners to trainer Bobby Frankel for the immediate future.

Sis City, winner of the Ashland and the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Oaks, arrived in Frankel's Belmont Park barn on Sunday. She will be pointed to either the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont on June 25 or the Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 16.

Stonerside Stable purchased a majority interest in Sis City in March. Sanford Goldfarb and his partners, including New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, retained a 25 percent interest in the filly. Frankel trains other horses for Stonerside, including another promising 3-year-old filly, Lady Pegasus.

John Adger, the racing manager for Stonerside, said that Sis City would stay with Frankel for the duration of Dutrow's suspension - it's scheduled to end July 30 - and that owners Robert and Janice McNair would review the situation thereafter.

"Stonerside has got a lot of money invested in Sis City, and we want her in the hands of a top trainer looking at her every day," Adger said. "Not that Rick's people aren't highly qualified; they are. But there are some important races ahead. We chose Bobby Frankel. He's obviously one of our top trainers and one of the best in the world, and he and Rick know each other."

Saint Liam, winner of the Donn Handicap, will be moved from Dutrow's Aqueduct barn to Frankel this week. Frankel will train Saint Liam up to the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 18.

"Bobby will be in charge for the Stephen Foster," said Mark Reid, the stable manager for Saint Liam's owner, William Warren. "When Rick gets back we're planning on giving the horse back to Rick, mainly because Bobby has so many in that category, including the big gun."

Reid was referring to Ghostzapper, the reigning Horse of the Year who won the Metropolitan Handicap in his last start. Interestingly, Saint Liam gave Ghostzapper his toughest race to date, coming within a neck of him in last year's Woodward Stakes. Reid said Saint Liam is pointing to the same races as Ghostzapper, including the Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 6 and the Woodward on Sept. 10.

In addition to Saint Liam, Frankel is also getting Badge of Silver ready for the Stephen Foster. Reid said he didn't have a concern about that.