08/08/2007 11:00PM

Talent Search back in the hunt for BC Sprint


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Mark Shuman admits to being "more nervous than I'd been in a while" before saddling Talent Search in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes Wednesday at Monmouth Park.

Shuman had trained the 4-year-old Talent Search lightly for his first start since the runner lost a shoe and suffered a badly bruised left hind foot while finishing second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap on the Preakness Stakes undercard.

"He was about 80 percent sharp and fit," Shuman said.

Even at less than peak form, Talent Search powered away to a 6 1/4-length win. He earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure in the comeback, his fourth straight triple-digit Beyer.

The comeback complete, Shuman has now set his sights on the Breeders' Cup Sprint here on Oct. 27 for Talent Search, who has won 3 of his last 4. The lone loss in that span was to Diabolical, who went on to capture the Grade 2 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

"Diabolical, right now in my opinion, is the best sprinter on the East Coast," Shuman said. "Hopefully, I don't have to face him again until the Breeders' Cup."

Talent Scout will probably make one more start before the Breeders Cup in a Grade 1 stakes, either the Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 1 or the Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Sept.o30.

Xchanger seeking softer

Xchanger will be heading for an easier spot after running sixth in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational here on Sunday.

"He came out of the race great," Shuman said of the 3-year-old. "Realistically, he's a notch below those Grade 1 horses."

Shuman is considering the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Labor Day at Philadelphia Park, if the competition is reasonable.

"If some of the big guns come down to Pennsylvania for the money, I would probably pick another spot," he said.

Xchanger's two wins this year came in the Grade 3 Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park and the Tesio at Pimlico. He was eighth in his other Grade 1 appearance this season, in the Preakness.

Pure Disco is A-okay

Pure Disco, normally all business in the starting gate, was driven to distraction prior to the Regret Stakes Sunday on the Haskell undercard.

The 4-year-old filly lost focus when Cherokee Jewel broke through the starting gate. She wasn't happy when Crafty Judy had some fractious moments.

"It does throw her off a little bit when others start fooling around," said trainer Tony Wilson.

Knocked off her game, Pure Disco dumped Centeno at the start and ran off. Those were harrowing moments for Wilson.

"I was a little worried at first," he said. "She ended up doing the right thing by going right to the outrider."

Pure Disco and Centeno escaped injury.

After three days of walking, Pure Disco returned to the track for a jog on Thursday morning.

"Knock on wood, she was fine," Wilson said. "It was just something that happened."

The New Jersey-bred Pure Disco has won 5 races and $255,260 in a 19-race career.

Mr. Silver's time to win?

Mr. Silver will try to ring up a win after 3 seconds in 5 starts this year, running in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Saturday.

"He's a hard-knocking horse who always tries," said trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. "It's time for him to get over his seconditis."

Rajiv Maragh will ride in the 5 1/2-furlong race on the turf.

The New Jersey-bred John's Pic goes for a second straight Monmouth stakes victory after rolling to a five-length win in the John McSorley on July 15. Stewart Elliott has the mount.

* Jockey Daniel Centeno was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment of facial lacerations after his mount Call for Backup fell in the sixth race Thursday. The horse ran off, apparently uninjured.