07/25/2006 11:00PM

Take D' Tour gets another turn


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Despite winning four consecutive races, including two graded stakes, Take D' Tour will still have more to prove when she runs in Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 Go for Wand at Saratoga.

Take D' Tour is 7 for 7 in races run around one turn, including the Grade 2 Shuvee and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park in the spring. She won both of those races by 5 1/2 lengths. The Go for Wand is 1 1/8 miles around two turns.

"Naturally, it's a question, but she's pretty good right now," said trainer David Fawkes, who flew from Florida to Connecticut on Wednesday before driving to Saratoga. "We'll see what happens. I don't know if she's ever had a fair chance at two turns."

In her two most recent starts around two turns, Take D' Tour was well beaten in the Wayward Lass Stakes and the Shocker T. She wasn't ridden the way Fawkes wanted in the Wayward Lass and caught a sloppy track in the Shocker T.

Take D' Tour arrived at Saratoga on Wednesday afternoon following a lengthy van ride from Calder. It is her third Florida-to-New York van ride this summer. Judging by her morning workouts, the constant travel has not taken anything out of her. Since the Phipps, Take D' Tour has worked three times at Calder, including a bullet five-furlong move in 59.40 seconds on Monday.

"Everything is going as smooth as can be," Fawkes said.

Take D' Tour is the co-highweight at 120 pounds along with Oonagh Maccool, one of three horses trainer Todd Pletcher plans to enter. Pletcher will also enter Spun Sugar (118) and Pool Land (117). Nothing But Fun (116) and Balletto (115) are also expected to run.

Frankel changes Diana plans

One day after Patrick Biancone announced he was changing plans for Saturday's Diana, trainer Bobby Frankel did likewise. Frankel, who was initially planning to run Karen's Caper in the Diana, entered her in a second-level allowance race here for Friday at one mile. Frankel plans to run Argentina in the Diana.

Karen's Caper, a 4-year-old daughter of War Chant, has not run since finishing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last October. Before that, she was beaten a nose by Sweet Talker in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland.

"I might as well get her first start back, get a win, and there'll be plenty of races down the road to get her a Grade 1," Frankel said.

He said he almost had Karen's Caper ready to run at Belmont, but backed off of her training when she first arrived from California due to the wet weather in New York.

Meanwhile, Frankel expressed confidence in Argentina, who has been competitive in four graded stakes this year. Her best race came in the Grade 2 Santa Ana in March when she was beaten a half-length by Silver Cup. Most recently, she finished third behind Noble Stella and Angara in the New York Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"She's been a little disappointing to me, but she's threatening, she's always right there," Frankel said. "She's acting now like she did before the first time I ran her."

On Tuesday, Biancone announced that he would be running Lady of Venice in the Diana rather than Gorella, who will be pointed to the Beverly D. Bill Mott is planning to run My Typhoon and Wend in the Diana, but may also enter Angara in case the turf course comes up soft.

Sweet Talker, who has won six of her last eight starts, including last October's Queen Elizabeth, is expected to run, as is Sabellina.

Wild Fit may run in Test

Wild Fit, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in 2005 and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, worked five furlongs in 1:00.47 Wednesday morning over Saratoga's main track. It was the fastest of 16 moves at the distance.

Biancone, her trainer, said Wild Fit may run in the Grade 1 Test on Aug. 5.

"She worked very well," Biancone said. "The Test looks good to me."

Wild Fit hasn't run since finishing third in the Santa Anita Oaks in March. Biancone said the filly got sick afterward and was taken out of training. Biancone said the filly spent eight weeks on a farm in Kentucky before returning to him at Turfway Park in mid-May. Wild Fit worked twice at Turfway before shipping to Saratoga.

Dubai Escapade points to Ballerina

Dubai Escapade came out of her sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney in good order and will be pointed to the Ballerina Handicap here on Aug. 27.

Trainer Eoin Harty reluctantly said that he and jockey Edgar Prado simply felt Dubai Escapade didn't handle the track at Calder.

"I can't put any other spin on it other than that," Harty said. "I hate that kind of excuse."

Dubai Escapade had won five consecutive races, including the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap, before the Princess Rooney.

Attila's Storm back on tab

Attila's Storm, runner-up in the Grade 1 Malibu in December, returned to the work tab Wednesday for the first time since January, breezing three furlongs in 38.22 seconds over Saratoga's main track.

Attila's Storm, who finished fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint before winning the Fall Highweight Handicap, suffered a hairline fracture in a hind leg when running third in the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita in January. He had two screws inserted into that leg.

Trainer Richard Schosberg said his goal is to get Attila's Storm back to the BC Sprint, with one start before, presumably at Belmont in the fall.

"So far, so good," Schosberg said. "This was his first speed work, and he did it under stout restraint. If at all possible, we would like to get him back to the Breeders' Cup Sprint."