03/23/2007 12:00AM

Summer Doldrums drills for Wood


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Summer Doldrums, the beaten favorite in last month's Gotham Stakes, worked six furlongs in 1:15.30 Friday morning over Aqueduct's inner track in preparation for a start in next month's Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial.

With jockey Shaun Bridgmohan up, Summer Doldrums worked in company with the 4-year-old claiming horse Dividend Yield. The two broke off together and went in fractions of 25 seconds, 37.20, and 1:02.40. Summer Doldrums drew away from Dividend Yield in the last furlong of the work, which began at the half-mile pole. Dividend Yield was given a time of 1:02.37 for five furlongs.

"We had another horse with him just to keep his attention," said assistant trainer Rusty Myers, who oversaw the move for trainer Rick Violette. "He did it easy enough. He's a pretty push-button horse; he seems to do whatever we like him to do."

Speaking from Florida, Violette said he moved the work up a couple of days because of a weekend forecast that called for showers. Violette said he plans to work Summer Doldrums one more time before the Wood with at least one accelerated gallop - known as a two-minute lick - in between.

Violette said he scheduled Friday's work for six furlongs because he wanted the colt to get something out of the move without having to go too fast.

"I wanted him to blow without going in 59," Violette said. "It was a way to test his lungs pretty good. He's a pretty laid-back horse, he only does as much as you ask him to do."

Summer Doldrums, a dominant winner of the Whirlaway, came out of the Gotham with "crud in his lungs," according to Violette. An endoscopic examination after Friday's work came up clean.

As of Friday, the major players for the Wood were Louisiana Derby winner Circular Quay and Remsen winner Nobiz Like Shobiz. Nominations for New York's last major Kentucky Derby prep race were to close on Saturday.

Rahys' Appeal staying home

Trainer Tom Bush has called an audible regarding Rahys' Appeal. Instead of shipping to Oaklawn Park for the Grade 1 Apple Blossom on April 7, Rahys' Appeal will stay in New York and run in next Saturday's $100,000 Next Move Handicap over the inner track.

Bush cited the fact that Rahys' Appeal has already made two cross-country trips this winter. Also, despite the fact she has racked up $162,245 the last 15 months, Rahys' Appeal has not won a race since taking the off-the-turf Ticonderoga Handicap on Oct. 22, 2005.

"She's got some graded stakes placings, but she has not won," Bush said. "She needs to win one of them."

In her last six starts - all stakes - Rahys' Appeal has four seconds and two thirds. She did finish first in the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap over Aqueduct's main track last Nov. 24, but was disqualified when jockey Alan Garcia inadvertently hit Malibu Mint in the face with his whip. That disqualification is under appeal. A ruling on the appeal was deferred for at least another month at the New York State Racing and Wagering Board meeting Thursday.

The Next Move, run at 1 1/8 miles, only drew 13 nominations. Others under consideration are Dina, Indian Vale, Lexi Star, Delicate Dynamite, Veneti, Victory Pool, and Daytime Promise.

On Friday, Bush was still basking in the debut victory on Thursday of Ruth Drive, a 3-year-old filly Bush trains and owns with his brothers, Paul and Dan. A 3-year-old daughter of Good and Tough, Ruth Drive cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong race.

Bush and his brothers race under the moniker Indy Stables, appropriate since they were born and raised in Indiana. The filly is named for the street the family grew up on.

"We lived in three different houses on the same street," Bush said. "Every time they had another kid they had to move. There were seven of us."

Smart and Fancy scores in stakes

Heavily favored Smart and Fancy ($3.40) took over from Ring True just outside the eighth pole and went on to a 1 1/4-length victory over Livermore Valley in Friday's $69,700 Break Through Stakes for older filly and mare sprinters. It was another two lengths back to the slow-starting Yolanda B. Too in third.

Under Ramon Dominguez, Smart and Fancy sat third behind dueling leaders Ring True and Samsincharge. Ring True put Samsincharge away around the turn, but could not hold off Smart and Fancy, who won for the seventh time in 12 career starts. Smart and Fancy, a 4-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Not for Love trained by Tony Dutrow, covered the six furlongs in 1:12.26.

Dominguez teamed up with Dutrow to win the nightcap, giving Dominguez his third winner of the day and 91st for the meet. Dominguez and Eibar Coa are tied atop the jockey standings with six cards remaining.

Jockeys on the move

Jockeys Shaun Bridgmohan and Chantal Sutherland will soon be leaving New York.

Bridgmohan is heading to Kentucky, where last year he rode a lot for trainer Steve Asmussen and enjoyed great success at Keeneland and Churchill. Through Friday, Bridgmohan had won 28 races from 253 mounts at this meet. Bridgmohan is scheduled to ride in New York through next Saturday's final day of the inner track meet.

Sutherland is headed back to Woodbine following the racing here on Thursday. Sutherland won 10 races from 110 mounts during the inner track meet.