09/08/2009 11:00PM

Swift Temper comes back quickly

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Delaware Handicap winner Swift Temper is entered in Saturday's Ruffian.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Saturday's Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park was shaping up to be almost an exhibition for Godolphin Stable's horse Seventh Street. That changed on Wednesday when trainer Dale Romans opted to enter Delaware Handicap winner Swift Temper.

Swift Temper will be running back just 13 days after finishing a well-beaten second to Icon Project in the at Saratoga, but Romans said he thinks she's ready.

"We're 80-20 to run,'' Romans said Wednesday. "She came out of the race in really good shape, it's an opportunity at another Grade 1, and it's kind of a short field.''

Six fillies and mares were entered in the Ruffian, headlined by the multiple Grade 1 winner Seventh Street, who will be coupled with Skylighter, winner of the at Monmouth, and off-the-turf stakes winners Be Fair and Exotic Indy.

The Ruffian, run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, is a Win and You're In race, meaning the winner earns an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

Prior to finishing second in the Personal Ensign, Swift Temper beat Icon Project by 2 1/4 lengths in the . Romans said he didn't think Swift Temper handled Saratoga's main track in the Personal Ensign.

"She didn't get going until the last quarter of a mile and that hasn't been her best running style,'' Romans said.

Swift Temper drew the rail and will carry 118 pounds under Alan Garcia. Seventh Street, who won the at Oaklawn in the spring, breaks from post 4 under Rajiv Maragh and 122 pounds.

Maram enters Garden City

Last week, trainer Chad Brown said he thought his undefeated turf filly Maram would be unlikely to make it to Saturday's Grade 1 Garden City due to some foot issues. But after training her in aluminum pads on both front feet, Brown felt comfortable enough to at least enter last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner in the $300,000 Garden City for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The Garden City drew a field of nine, led by Gozzip Girl, who makes her first start since winning the at Hollywood Park in July.

Brown said Maram had shed a frog on both of her front feet. The frog is the bottom part of the foot that acts like a shock absorber. Maram breezed in aluminum pads on Monday at Saratoga and jockey Jose Lezcano said he felt no difference.

"I thought she breezed well enough to at least warrant an entry,'' Brown said Wednesday. "If I thought she wasn't 100 percent I wouldn't run. Lezcano breezed her on Monday and didn't know there was a difference in shoes. It made me curious enough to run.''

With rain in the forecast Thursday and Friday, Brown said he was somewhat leery of running Maram in aluminum pads over a soft turf. He would most likely monitor the condition of the turf course on Saturday before making a final decision to run.

"I don't know about running in pads if it's really soft,'' Brown said.

As a 2-year-old, Maram went 3 for 3, including a neck victory in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo over yielding Belmont turf. In her one start this year, Maram won the John Hettinger, an overnight stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8.

Maram will break from post 8 under Jose Lezcano. Gozzip Girl, the 122-pound highweight, breaks from the rail under Kent Desormeaux. Also entered in the Garden City were Don't Forget Gil, Katara, Keertana, Many Kisses, Miss World, Pull Dancer, and Shared Account.

West Point, McLaughlin split

The end of the Saratoga meet also brought an end to the successful working relationship between Terry Finley's West Point Thoroughbreds and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

At the request of McLaughlin, who is seeking to downsize his stable somewhat, West Point has moved 21 horses, splitting them between trainers Tom Albertrani and Mike Hushion. An additional horse, Justwhistledixie, was transferred to Bill Mott. Lewis Lakin, a longtime Mott client, has a 40 percent ownership interest in Justwhistledixie.

McLaughlin said his primary clients, the Maktoum families that run both the Darley and Shadwell outifts, have increased the number of horses they send to him.

"Just trying to get my numbers in order,'' said McLaughlin, who prefers to keep around 120 horses, but was up to 140. "[West Point] is great for the game. They brought a lot of good people into the game. It was a tough decision. We had a lot of nice horses for them and have done well.''

McLaughlin has trained for West Point since 2002 and has won major stakes for the group with the likes of Seattle Fitz, Lear's Princess, Flashy Bull, and Justwhistledixie.

"We wish him the best,'' Finley said of McLaughlin. "He's a great guy. He and his team are top notch.''

Finley said there were several reasons he chose to split up his New York horses between Hushion and Albertrani.

"Both are really good communicators, and get the concept of a partnership model,'' Finley said. "Both I think are world-class horsemen. Put those together and we're very comfortable.''

Among the notable West Point horses, Mr. Fantasy, who is still on the farm, will be going to Hushion while Flat Bold will go to Albertrani.

Jayaramans filling in for Ice

Tim Ice, the trainer of Belmont Stakes and Travers winner Summer Bird, went home to Louisiana on Tuesday to check in on his wife, Heather, who is thee weeks away from giving birth to the couple's first child. Overseeing Summer Bird's training Wednesday morning were owners Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman.

"I don't know if I'm overseeing anything. I'm just giving him peppermints,'' Kalarikkal Jayaraman said.

Summer Bird shipped from Saratoga to Belmont on Monday and galloped Tuesday and Wednesday morning here in preparation for the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold on Oct. 3, which Jayaraman confirmed would be Summer Bird's next start. Summer Bird is scheduled to work here Saturday morning.

Gone Astray may go to Indiana

Trainer Shug McGaughey mentioned the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 3 as a possible next start for Gone Astray, who won Monday's by 9 1/4 lengths.

McGaughey said he would "obviously take a look at'' the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but that race is likely to come up much tougher with Summer Bird, Quality Road, Macho Again, and possibly Dry Martini all pointing that way.

Gone Astray earned a career-best 104 Beyer for his Pennsylvania Derby score.

"I thought he was sitting on a big race,'' McGaughey said. "I didn't know it would be that big.''