Updated on 09/15/2011 1:00PM

Super Derby next target for E Dubai


ELMONT, N.Y. - E Dubai, runner-up to Point Given in last month's Travers Stakes at Saratoga, is being pointed to the Grade 1 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23, his connections said Thursday.

The Super Derby, a $500,000 race run at 1 1/4 miles, is the last Grade 1 of the year run strictly for 3-year-olds.

"It's a Grade 1 race, it looks like he'll have a pretty good chance in there,' said Tom Albertrani, an assistant to Godolphin's head trainer, Saeed bin Suroor. "The other option would be the Jockey Club Gold Cup, where he'd have to run against older horses."

Albertrani also likes the timing of the Super Derby. Not only is it four weeks from the Travers, but it would give E Dubai five weeks to the Breeders' Cup Classic, should he be pointed to that race. E Dubai has shown to run his best when given time between races. He won the Dwyer off a six-week layoff and ran well in the Travers with seven weeks between starts.

Thursday at Belmont, E Dubai breezed five furlongs in 1:03.16, his first work since the Travers.

E Dubai was a solid second-place finisher in the Travers, putting away pacesetter Free of Love and competing until midstretch with Point Given before giving way grudgingly.

"We really weren't expecting Point Given to show up,' Albertrani said. ``"Our horse was training great, we gave it our best try; everything worked out well. Our horse ran a big race; we were happy with that. He'll go on and he'll be better as a 4-year-old.'

With the division ravaged by injuries, there are only a handful of 3-year-olds remaining for the fall. Pennsylvania Derby winner Macho Uno is pointing to the Ohio Derby, and Preakness and Belmont Stakes runner-up A P Valentine is headed to the Jockey Club Gold Cup. The likely competitors in the Super Derby include Touch Tone, Outofthebox, Rare Cure, Discreet Hero, Until Sundown, and possibly Pure Prize.

You headed for Matron

You, who caught Cashier's Dream in the final stages to win last month's Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, will make her next start in the Grade 1, $250,000 Matron here on Sept. 16, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

Initially, Frankel said he would wait to run her in the $500,000 Frizette on Oct. 6. Instead, the Matron will most likely be You's final prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"I think it's going to come up an easier race,' said Frankel, noting that Cashier's Dream and Habibti are pointing to the Frizette. "I'll take the easier spot.'

You earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure (107) of any 2-year-old filly this year when winning the Adirondack. Cashier's Dream came back to romp in the Grade 1 Spinaway in her next start.

Monday at Saratoga, You breezed six furlongs in 1:14.60.

Frankel said Starine, the authoritative winner of Monday's Diana Handicap, would train up to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Frankel, who also owns the French-bred filly, would have to supplement Starine to the race at a cost of $90,000.

Zonk to try turf in Garden City

After winning the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in July, Zonk seemed like a logical candidate for Saturday's Grade 1 Gazelle at Belmont. Instead, trainer John Servis will run her in Sunday's Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at nine furlongs on turf.

"I've been wanting to get her on the grass for a while,' Servis said. "She trained very, very well on it. I thought this was as good a spot as any to try her. Right now, I don't think she's the caliber that Fleet Renee is. She could go even forward on grass.'

Servis said he breezed Zonk five furlongs in 1:02 over Delaware Park's turf course on Aug. 21.

Servis also said that Jostle, who finished fourth in the Delaware Handicap last time out, will run in the Ruffian Handicap on Sept. 15.

Ellie's Moment steps up

Trainer Jimmy Toner would love it if undefeated Ellie's Moment, who makes her stakes debut in Sunday's Garden City, turns out to be another Soaring Softly or Memories of Silver.

Toner trained both champion Soaring Softly, the 1999 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner, and Grade 1 winner Memories of Silver.

Ellie's Moment enters the $250,000 Garden City off a win in her turf debut at Saratoga on Aug. 20.

Toner said when Ellie's Moment captured a first-level allowance race at Keeneland in the spring, after making up a ton of ground, he thought he might have the makings of a Grade 1 filly on his hands.

"You had to see the race to believe it," Toner said. "Long-term I was thinking Alabama, but then a virus hit the whole barn and she got sick and took a little longer than the others to get over it. We blew the 3-year-old filly dirt races, so since she's a Kris S., we tried her on the grass."

Toner said Ellie's Moment, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Brian's Time, deserves the chance to step up in company. "I think she is a good horse and sometimes you can do things with good horses, even though it looks like you're reaching."

Toner said Blazing Fury, who won last Sunday's Saranac at Saratoga, is being pointed to the $150,000 Lawrence Realization on Oct. 13.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson