Updated on 09/17/2011 10:48AM

Sun brings out Frankel's male stars


ELMONT, N.Y. - After Sightseek on Saturday gave Bobby Frankel his fifth graded stakes victory in the fillies and mares division and 29th overall this year, the Hall of Fame trainer turned his attention to his older males on Monday, sending out two of his big guns and one reclamation project for workouts at surprisingly sunny Belmont Park.

Medaglia d'Oro, the Oaklawn Park Handicap winner and last year's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up, worked four furlongs in 48.02 seconds while Milwaukee Brew, the Santa Anita Handicap winner and third-place finisher from the Classic, covered the same distance in 49.52 seconds over a muddy main track. Meanwhile, Dollar Bill, a relatively new arrival in Frankel's barn, zipped six furlongs in 1:11.52.

For Medaglia d'Oro, it was his first work since he won the Oaklawn Park Handicap on April 5. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in his Hollywood Park stall and injured a foot. He has missed such races as the Dubai World Cup and the Pimlico Special and will not be ready for the Suburban Handicap on July 5. Frankel hopes to have him ready for the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 2.

"If I can get a steady bunch of works in him, I can get him ready for the Whitney,' Frankel said. "He went fine.'

Milwaukee Brew suffered from pneumonia shortly after winning the Santa Anita Handicap last March. A couple of weeks ago, Frankel shipped Milwaukee Brew from California to Belmont so he could oversee the horse's training. Frankel had originally hoped to have Milwaukee Brew ready for the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 13, but will now point him to the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24.

With those two handicap stars still far away from a race, Frankel will point Dollar Bill to the $500,000 Suburban on July 5. That will be his first start since he finished sixth in the Clark Handicap last November, when trained by Dallas Stewart.

"He's fit,' Frankel said. "He worked really good today, he's getting better all the time'

Dollar Bill has won just once in his last 15 starts dating back to the spring of his 3-year-old season. Dollar Bill had some bad luck in the 2001 Triple Crown when he was 15th in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness. He also finished fourth in the Belmont and third in the Travers.

Frankel believes Dollar Bill is training so well that he doesn't want to waste a potentially strong effort in an allowance race, which is why he has chosen the Suburban, where he will face Volponi and Mineshaft.

Javier Castellano will ride Dollar Bill in the Suburban, in part because Jerry Bailey and Edgar Prado will be at Monmouth that day to ride Denon and Requete, respectively, in the United Nations.

Denon and Requete, the one-two finishers from the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap, worked five furlongs in 1:01 in company on the training track Monday.

Meanwhile, Frankel said Sightseek, the winner of Saturday's Ogden Phipps Handicap, will be pointed to the Grade 1, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap at Saratoga on July 27.

Spoken Fur to Mother Goose

The one division in which Frankel lacks firepower is with his 3-year-old fillies. The recent private purchase of Spoken Fur could alleviate that problem.

Spoken Fur, who won her last three starts for trainer Austin Smith, was privately purchased earlier this month by bloodstock agent Mark Reid on behalf of owner John Amerman and was turned over to Frankel on June 6.

Spoken Fur will debut for Frankel in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes. On Monday, she breezed five furlongs in 1:00.02 over the main track, the fastest of 12 at the distance.

After losing her first four career decisions, Spoken Fur won her maiden and an entry-level allowance race going seven furlongs and a second-level allowance at one mile.

"Looked like the farther she went the more she liked it,' Frankel said. "She's been training steady.'

As of Monday, the other definite starters for the Mother Goose were Roar Emotion, Yell, and Final Round. Holiday Lady, Rhumb Line, and Virgin Voyage are possible. Awesome Humor is doubtful.

On Monday, Roar Emotion worked a slow five furlongs in 1:03.67 over a training track labeled good. Jose Santos was aboard for the move, which was the slowest of seven at the distance by more than two seconds.

While trainer Carlos Martin admitted he was looking for something a little faster, he was not concerned by the time.

"The track was a little slick and Jose said he was protecting her,' Martin said. "I got her last three eighths in 36 and three' - track clockers timed her last three eighths in 37.17 seconds - "she looked like she was cruising along. If she's not fit by now, she's not going to get fit.'

Yell, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Oaks, worked five furlongs in 1:03.54 Sunday over a sloppy main track.

Hasslefree works toward Tremont

Hasslefree, runner-up to Chapel Royal in the Grade 3 Fashion Stakes, worked three furlongs from the gate in 35.95 seconds Monday in preparation for a rematch with Chapel Royal in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Tremont Stakes.

Peter Hutton, the assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, said the purpose of working from the gate "was to light a fire under him a little bit. He's going to need to leave there running. He broke well last time. He's going need to break better this time.'

The Tremont, run at 5 1/2 furlongs, is shaping up pretty strongly for a 2-year-old stakes this early in the year. Lukas will also run Adage, and Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Chapel Royal, is also expected to run Three Chimneys Juvenile winner Limehouse. Others expected to run are Best to Be King, an impressive maiden winner at Churchill for Steve Asmussen, Pretty Wild Again, and Wild Wildcat.

* Steve Weiss has taken over as agent for jockey Heberto Castillo Jr.