09/22/2003 11:00PM

Storming Home staying home


ELMONT, N.Y. - The rematch between Arlington Million combatants Storming Home and Sulamani will have to wait until next month's Breeders' Cup Turf.

That's because trainer Neil Drysdale on Tuesday decided to keep Storming Home in Southern California for this weekend's $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship at Santa Anita rather than ship him to New York for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

Drysdale said he was strongly considering running Storming Home in the Turf Classic, but ultimately decided against shipping cross-country, with the Breeders' Cup to be run at Santa Anita. Storming Home has yet to run at Santa Anita.

"When you start to think it through a bit, with the weather factor, the shipping, and the fact the Breeders' Cup is here, it makes good sense to prep here in your own backyard," Drysdale said Tuesday from California.

Storming Home, regarded as North America's leading turf horse, won the Jim Murray and Charlie Whittingham Handicap. Storming Home crossed the wire first in the Arlington Million, but was disqualified for ducking out near the finish line. Sulamani, who won a three-way photo for second, was moved up to victory in the Million.

Sulamani, owned by Godolphin Racing, was shipped to New York soon after the Million and will be a solid favorite in Saturday's Turf Classic. Jerry Bailey will ride.

The defection of Storming Home may persuade a few on-the-bubble horses to join the Turf Classic fray. Balto Star, who finished fourth in the Man o' War, is likely to run in the Turf Classic unless his connections decide to run in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles on dirt the same day.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he would look at both races and decide in which race his gelding has a chance to make the most money. Balto Star could be the main speed in the Turf Classic.

Sabiango makes U.S. debut Saturday

Sabiango, a Group 1 winner in Germany and a half-brother to Silvano, the 2001 Arlington Million winner, will make his American debut in the Turf Classic.

Sabiango, who races for Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof, a family-owned breeding and racing operation in northern Germany, has won 5 of 12 career starts. A 5-year-old son of Acatenango, he returned to the races this year on June 29 after an 11-month hiatus to recuperate from a bacterial infection in his lungs.

In his first start back, he finished third in a Group 2 at Hamburg and then won the Group 1 Deutschland Preis at Dusseldorf by 3 1/2 lengths. In his last start, Sabiango finished fourth in a Group 1 stakes at Cologne on Aug. 17.

Simon Stokes, the racing manager for Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof, and Raoul Dygas, an apprentice jockey in Germany, accompanied Sabiango on his trip to New York. The horse's trainer, Andreas Wohler, was scheduled to arrive in New York on Tuesday evening.

"He ran disappointingly last time; it just wasn't his day," Stokes said. "He's certainly doing well and has adapted well since arriving here. One of the reasons we wanted to run here was because he can race on Lasix and he couldn't in Europe."

Stokes said if Sabiango runs well in the Turf Classic, the plan is to keep him on this side of the Atlantic and run him back in the Canadian International at Woodbine Oct. 19.

Stokes had planned on working Sabiango over Belmont's turf course on Wednesday. David Flores will fly in from California to ride Sabiango.

The other expected starters in the Turf Classic are Sulamani, Lunar Sovereign, Slew Valley, Polish Summer, and Deeliteful Irving.

Macaw is 50-50 to run, according to trainer Barclay Tagg. In his last start, Macaw finished sixth in the Grade 1 Man o' War on Sept. 6.

Midas Eyes in BC Sprint mix

Midas Eyes, who missed the summer sprint races due a bruised foot, trained so well on Tuesday that trainer Bobby Frankel has not ruled out trying to get him ready for next month's Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Midas Eyes, unraced since losing by a nose to Posse in the Riva Ridge on June 7, worked four furlongs in 47.02 seconds Tuesday morning, the fastest of 60 works at the distance. It was his third work since overcoming the injury, suffered in mid-July.

"Just keep on training like he is," Frankel said when asked what Midas Eyes would have to do to convince him to run in the Sprint. "We've got enough time. You're talking six furlongs."

Midas Eyes, a 3-year-old owned by Edmund Gann, won the Grade 3 Swale and Grade 2 Derby Trial this year. He was scheduled to be one of 18 horses Frankel was shipping to Southern California on Wednesday. Midas Eyes would continue to train at Hollywood Park. "He trains better over that track," Frankel said.

During to skip Vosburgh

During, winner of the Swaps Stakes and most recently the Jerome Handicap, will not run in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh Handicap, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday.

"I want to wait," Baffert said from California. "It might a little too soon to run him back in the Vosburgh. It's 14 days. He ran pretty hard. Tonja [Terranova] said he lightened up a little bit. He's a nice horse. He's just starting to come around now."

Baffert has no next race picked for During, who remains in New York.

Voodoo in back-to-back Vosburghs

Third last year, Voodoo will give the Grade 1 Vosburgh another try on Saturday. A 5-year-old who is closing in on $400,000 in earnings, Voodoo has yet to win a stakes, but has come close. He finished second in last year's Grade 1 Carter.

In last year's Vosburgh, Voodoo was beaten by top-class sprinters Bonapaw and Aldebaran. He is expected to be part of another accomplished field on Saturday, including Grade 1 winners Gygistar and Peeping Tom.

Since last year's Vosburgh, Voodoo has won two allowance races. Jimmy Jerkens, who trains Voodoo for John and Susan Moore, gave the gelding an extended vacation on a New Jersey farm after he was beaten 24 1/2 lengths in the Aqueduct Handicap on Jan. 18. He returned to the races on July 4 and finished fifth in the Tom Fool and then won a classified allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 17.

"We couldn't put a finger on anything that was bothering him, but he ran so horrible [in the Aqueduct]," Jerkens said. "We said, 'the hell with it' and stopped on him. It really wasn't a soundness issue. But he's such a weird horse; not the kind to benefit from a vacation as much as you would like. Still, being away from the track did him good."

Jorge Chavez will ride Voodoo for the first time in the Vosburgh.

- Daydreaming, who finished third in the Grade 1 Spinaway after stumbling badly at the start, worked five furlongs in 1:02.74 over a sloppy main track Tuesday. The work was conducted around the dogs, orange traffic cones arranged to protect the inside part of the track. Daydreaming is eyeing the Grade 1 Frizette on Oct. 4.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson