Updated on 09/16/2011 8:36AM

Suburban next for Street Cry

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Godolphin assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said he had no problem running Street Cry back in three weeks in the Suburban.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Street Cry, whose authoritative victory in Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap put him at the forefront of the handicap division, will more than likely make his next start in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on July 6, his connections said Monday.

If he does run in the Suburban, it would set up an intriguing match-up between , who earlier this year won the Dubai World Cup, and Macho Uno, the 2000 juvenile champion who was an impressive winner of the Massachusetts Handicap on June 1. The two met once before, with Macho Uno winning the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in which Street Cry finished third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths. Point Given, last year's Horse of the Year, finished second in that race.

Others considering the Suburban, a Grade 2 run at 10 furlongs, are Grade 1 winners Lido Palace and Include, as well as Brooklyn Handicap winner Seeking Daylight and multiple stakes-winner Evening Attire. However, trainer Pat Kelly said Monday morning that Street Cry was so impressive Saturday, he may consider running Evening Attire in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14.

Street Cry, who won the Stephen Foster by 6 1/2 lengths while hardly feeling the leather of Jerry Bailey's whip, returned to his Belmont Park barn Sunday and appeared to come out of the race in good order, according to Godolphin assistant trainer Tom Albertrani.

"He looks good, came out of the race in good shape," Albertrani said. "I don't think we were expecting him to win as easy as he did. We were expecting him to run very well, but to see him run like that was very impressive."

Street Cry's final time of 1:47.84 was the second-fastest Stephen Foster in the 21-year history of the race. Only Victory Gallop (1:47.28) ran faster. Street Cry's victory also put him atop the most recent National Thoroughbred Racing Association media poll.

Albertrani said he had no problem running Street Cry back in three weeks in the Suburban. Albertrani added that Street Cry's campaign could include the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 25 and one race in the fall - presumably the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 28 - before the Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington on Oct. 26.

Joe Orseno, the trainer of Macho Uno, said he welcomed a chance to run against Street Cry.

"I thought Street Cry ran a credible race," Orseno said. "Can he repeat that and make the step up to the next level here, we'll have to find out. It is not going to change our plans. We feel we have as good a horse as there is in the handicap division. It'll make for an interesting race."

Mollica drops name from lawsuit

Agent Drew Mollica on Monday sent a letter to attorney John Behrendt asking that his name be dropped from the list of jockey agents filing a lawsuit to change the New York rule limiting the number of riders an agent may represent.

"I've rethought my position, and litigation is obviously not the answer," said Mollica, who represents jockey Richard Migliore.

Mollica was named as a plaintiff along with agents Ron Anderson and Angel Cordero in a suit filed against stewards David Hicks, Carmine Donofrio, and Ted Hill seeking to have declared "unconstitutional and invalid" the New York rule that limits agents to representing one journeyman and one apprentice jockey only. In other states, agents may represent two journeyman riders.

The suit brought a harsh reaction from NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz, a horse owner who employs Migliore on a significant number of his horses.

Cordero, a retired Hall of Fame jockey who represents John Velazquez and apprentice Neftali Galarza, said he would see the suit through.

"I don't think we're doing anything wrong; we're just asking to work," Cordero said. "I'm not mad at anybody, I'm not suing anyone for money, I'm just asking a judge to tell me if it's possible or not."

Anderson, who represents the nation's leading rider, Jerry Bailey, is also expected to remain as a litigant.

Jerkens has budding star

Trainer Allen Jerkens says he needs to see more before getting "cocky," but he may have a budding star in the ambitiously named Greatness.

Greatness, a 3-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, won an entry-level allowance race Saturday by 10 1/2 lengths while covering 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.65, a tick off the track record set by Confide in 1997. Greatness is now 2 for 2 for owners Edward and Marilyn Seltzer, who also bred the colt. On May 19, he won his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths, while running six furlongs in 1:09.59

"It looks like he's a good prospect," Jerkens said. "I always hold off until they beat three-other-thans to get a little cocky."

Jerkens said Greatness got a late start because he bucked his shins as a 2-year-old.

Jerkens said he would try to stretch Greatness out in distance in the fall, but his summer target is the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes, a seven-furlong race at Saratoga on Aug. 24. Jerkens will most likely try to keep him in allowance company for his next start.

- Trainer Rick Violette on Monday began serving a seven-day suspension after one of his horses was found to have raced on a banned substance. Violette was also fined $500.