Updated on 09/15/2011 1:41PM

Stress puts Invisible Ink out for year


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Invisible Ink, runner-up to Monarchos in the Kentucky Derby, joined that 3-year-old on the list of horses who won't run for the rest of the year, his connections announced Friday.

According to owner John Fort, head of Peachtree Stable, the Triple Crown took its toll on Invisible Ink both mentally and physically. Invisible Ink has been battling a skin disease since the Belmont Stakes and he seems "depressed" mentally, according to Fort.

"He just was really stressed out internally after the Belmont," Fort said. "He changed colors, had skin disease. He wasn't that bright bay like he was in the spring. He's a dirty brown. Mentally, he wasn't the same."

Invisible Ink, who finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes in his last start, left trainer Todd Pletcher's Saratoga barn Friday and was vanned to the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky., for a thorough examination from Dr. Larry Bramlage. After that, he is scheduled to go to Lambholm South, a farm run by Junior Serna in Ocala, Fla.

"We'll get him ready for Florida," Fort said. "He's been such a wonderful horse for us, it'd be a shame to run him right now."

Fort plans to bring Invisible Ink back to the races at Gulfstream Park, where he won two allowance races and was third behind Monarchos in the Florida Derby.

Monarchos, who finished sixth in the Preakness and third in the Belmont, was declared out for the year after suffering a hairline fracture of his right knee.

Griffinite workout just Dandy

Griffinite, the fifth-place finisher in the Preakness, drilled five furlongs in 58.30 seconds Friday morning over Saratoga's main track. Jockey Norberto Arroyo was aboard for the move, the fastest of 17 works at the distance by almost two seconds.

The connections of Griffinite are hoping to run him in the Jim Dandy, but will wait until he works again Wednesday before declaring him a definite. Owner Ernie Paragallo and trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen have learned not to make plans too far in advance with Griffinite.

Griffinite, who won the Grade 3 Lafayette in April, has been dealing with a severe case of hives since the Preakness. Griffinite did run in the Leonard Richards Stakes, finishing a distant fourth behind Burning Roma on June 17.

He was entered but scratched from the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont when he again broke out in hives the morning of the race.

"It would have been an embarrassment to run him," Paragallo said. "He had welts on 90 percent of his body."

As fast as the hives came, they just as quickly disappeared, according to Leigh-Pedersen. He was given a week off in mid-July and Friday was his first work in three weeks. According to Paragallo, Griffinite galloped out six furlongs in 1:09.80 and pulled up a mile in 1:36.

"He's back, that's all I can say," Leigh-Pedersen said.

If Griffinite runs, he will face a field that includes Swaps winner Congaree, Preakness and Belmont runner-up A P Valentine, Windsor Castle, Drewman, Kid Rigo, and possibly Dollar Bill, E Dubai, Free of Love, and Scorpion.

Congaree, who finished third in the Derby and Preakness, is scheduled to arrive in Saratoga on Wednesday.

Spain nearing return

Spain, upset winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff, worked five furlongs in 1:00.63 over the Oklahoma training track. The best of 10 works was accomplished in company with stablemate Mountain Range.

Spain has not been out since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom on April 1. She was put on the shelf thereafter and Friday was her first five-eighths breeze. According to assistant trainer Mike Maker, Spain will be pointed to a race at this meet as she prepares for the fall and defense of her Breeders' Cup title.

Orseno breaks long winless streak

Trainer Joe Orseno snapped an 0 for 31 skid Friday when Wrangler won the opening race. It was the first win for Orseno since Honey Eyed won the Roamin Rachel Stakes at Philadelphia Park on May 12. It was Orseno's first win in New York since Hollywood Bull won the final race of the Aqueduct meeting.

Orseno had gone 0 for 22 at Belmont and was winless with his first two mounts at Saratoga, including Macho Uno, who finished second by a nose Wednesday.

"Phew," Orseno said as he walked out of the winner's circle. "I knew I'd win some races up here, but I didn't think it would be this hard. When Macho got beat I thought I was in trouble."

The rest of the day did not go as well for Orseno, as three other runners he sent out failed to hit the board. Despite that, Orseno believe he is sitting on a big meet with several of the maidens and allowance horses who lost at Belmont.

"``I think I can have the Stronachs the leading owners here" Orseno said. "I expect to have a giant meet."

* De Belle, a first-time starter from the barn of John Ward who was being heavily played in the early daily double, was scratched from Friday's second race after being treated with Lasix. Although the horse was entered with Lasix, she did not have a Lasix certificate on file. All wagers involving De Belle were refunded.

* The New York Thoroughbred Breeders will host a seminar on purses in New York state at Longfellow's Restaurant on Union Avenue. A buffet dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, will be held followed by a panel discussion featuring New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, Christian Riegle, the general manager of Finger Lakes, and Richard Bomze, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horseman's Association. Tickets for the buffet dinner are $20 for NYTB members and $25 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling 518-587-0777.