10/13/2002 11:00PM

Sprint star hurts left front in stall


ELMONT, N.Y. - Gygistar, who has won all five of his starts this year, including the Grade 1 King's Bishop Handicap, is questionable to make the Breeders' Cup Sprint after suffering a deep cut on his left front hoof, trainer Mark Hennig said.

Hennig said he still planned to pre-enter Gygistar in the Sprint, but wasn't optimistic Gygistar could make the race.

"He grabbed himself in his stall Friday night," Hennig said. "He got into the meat of it pretty bad. We'll try to work on it and see how we can do. We're going to have to get lucky.''

Gygistar, a 3-year-old son of Prospector's Music, figured to be a major player in the Sprint. He has won six of seven career starts, including the Grade 2 Riva Ridge, the Grade 2 Dwyer, and the King's Bishop, in which he earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 113.

Hennig had not planned to ship Gygistar or Distaff candidate Summer Colony to Chicago until Oct. 24.

Thunderello hopes to get in Sprint

If Gygistar does not make the race, that may help Thunderello get into the field.

Owner Charles Mady said on Monday he pre-entered Thunderello in the Sprint on the advice of his trainer, Scott Lake. Mady realizes he'll need help from the Breeders' Cup selection panel to get into the field of 14, should the race oversubscribe. Thunderello, who does not have any Breeders' Cup points, has run only three times this year, winning the $150,000 Gallant Bob Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths over Boston Common on Oct. 5 at Philadelphia Park.

Mady said Lake told him "this horse is as good a sprinter as any horse in the country right now. He's been training the best he has since we've had him. I asked him if we were rushing things and he said, 'Under any other circumstance I'd say yes, but he's so good and so sharp we've got to take a shot.' '' Thunderello, a son of Montbrook, debuted at Saratoga in July 2001, finishing second behind Mayakovsky, who set a track record for 5 1/2 furlongs. Thunderello came back and won his maiden by 14 1/4 lengths, just missing the Saratoga track record. Training for the Futurity, Thunderello suffered a suspensory injury that sidelined him for a year.

Harlan's Holiday, Evening Attire work

With more than four inches of rain having fallen in New York since late last week, the work schedule for several Breeders' Cup contenders has been interrupted.

On Monday, Classic candidates Evening Attire and Harlan's Holiday got in workouts over a muddy Belmont Park training track.

Evening Attire, the Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, was timed in 1:01.45 for a five-furlong move with exercise rider Danny Vogt up.

"I'm just trying to keep him happy. I don't need a big workout," trainer Pat Kelly said. "It's not like the guys coming off the layoff who need a real fancy work.''

Evening Attire was scheduled to leave by van Tuesday afternoon and arrive in Chicago Wednesday morning.

Harlan's Holiday, who finished third in the Gold Cup, went six furlongs in 1:16.85 under exercise rider Judy Elias. He went his first three furlongs in 40 seconds and his last three furlongs in 36.85, according to track clockers. Trainer Todd Pletcher had hoped to work Sunday, but both tracks were too wet.

"He's never worked fast since I had him and it wasn't a particularly fast work, but it was a good work," Pletcher said. "I like the way he finished; I like the way he galloped out.''

Pletcher now can come back next Sunday or Monday for Harlan's Holiday's final workout. Harlan's Holiday is scheduled to ship to Chicago on Oct. 23.

Pletcher has had Harlan's Holiday for only two races: a win in the Pennsylvania Derby and the third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. While the Gold Cup was not Pletcher's first choice, he said he's glad he ran there instead of in the Pegasus at The Meadowlands.

"The real positive for us is now we got a mile and a quarter race under our belt," Pletcher said. "He bounced out of it quickly and he's done well and looks tremendous.''

Prado to ride Milwaukee Brew

Trainer Bobby Frankel said Monday that Edgar Prado will replace Kent Desormeaux on Milwaukee Brew in the Classic. Prado became available when his mount Repent suffered a tendon injury last week.

Desormeaux had ridden Milwaukee Brew in all six starts this year, including victories in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 2 Californian. Frankel said he was upset with Desormeaux's ride aboard You in the Spinster.

"Desormeaux didn't do what I told him to do in the Spinster," Frankel said. "You can't ride riders that don't listen.''

Frankel was hoping to work his arsenal of Cup contenders on Monday, but canceled the works because of the wet track. He was hoping to work them all on Tuesday, and work them back next Monday, Oct. 21. But next Monday is the day his horses are scheduled to ship to Chicago.

"Maybe I can stall the plan till the afternoon," Frankel said. "If they leave in the afternoon, I can breeze on the 21st. If not, I may have to make other arrangements.''

Bailey, Velazquez take off Monday

Jerry Bailey and John Velazquez both took off their mounts at Belmont Monday for personal reasons.

Bailey, who won four consecutive races on Sunday's card, went Monday morning to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was found to have a small kidney stone. Bailey was expected to pass the stone naturally.

Bailey, who needed a minor operation to remove a kidney stone in July 2000, took off three mounts. According to agent Ron Anderson, Bailey should return to riding later this week.

Velazquez, the leading rider at the meet, left Monday for Puerto Rico to attend to his ailing father.

Allen buys Roar Emotion

Joe Allen has privately purchased Roar Emotion, good-looking debut winner on Sept. 22, from White Hall Lane Farm. Allen, who declined to disclose the purchase price, was on hand to watch the juvenile filly work a half-mile in 48.12 seconds over the training track. Angel Cordero Jr. was aboard for the move.

Roar Emotion, a daughter of Roar trained by Jose Martin, won her debut by 10 1/2 lengths while covering seven furlongs in 1:25.36. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84.

Allen said he would leave the horse with trainer Jose Martin right now and point for races like the Tempted and Demoiselle. "Hopefully, she'll go long," Allen said.