08/10/2010 2:55PM

Telling looks like a long price once more

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Barbara D. Livingston
Telling is coming into the Sword Dancer with a five-race losing streak.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When Telling won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational here last year, he was coming into the race having lost his 10 previous starts. That explains why he was sent off as the 33-1 longest shot on the board in the field of 10.

When Telling runs in Saturday’s 36th renewal of the $500,000 Sword Dancer, he brings a five-race losing streak into the 1 1/2-mile turf event, which probably means he will be a big price yet again.

“We’re kind of repeating the pattern, aren’t we?” trainer Steve Hobby said Tuesday from Delaware Park.

Telling is winless in three starts this year, having finished fourth in an allowance race at Keeneland in April, fifth in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap in May and, most recently, sixth in the United Nations at Monmouth on July 3.

Hobby said Telling needed the Keeneland race – his first start in five months – and was too fresh and too close to the pace in the Louisville. Hobby believes he gave jockey Eibar 'bad instructions” in the U.N., where the horse was beaten only 3 1/4 lengths by Chinchon.

“I had him move too soon,” Hobby said. “He was right in the thick of things at the sixteenth pole. Hopefully, we’re dead-fit now.”

Telling was Hobby’s first starter at Saratoga. He will be his second one as well.

Hobby noted that since the United Nations, Telling is training “the best he’s trained all year.”

Javier Castellano, who had not ridden the horse previously, guided Telling to victory in last year’s Sword Dancer. With Castellano committed to ride Expansion on Saturday, Garrett Gomez has picked up the mount on Telling. It will be his first time on the horse.

Lou Brissie may try turf next

Lou Brissie, who won the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile on dirt at Churchill Downs in April, may be headed for he turf for his next start, trainer Neil Howard said Tuesday.

Howard said he and owner Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable are looking at the Grade 3, $100,000 With Anticipation Stakes at 1 1/16-miles on the turf on Sept 3.

“Right now we have the With Anticipation under consideration,” Howard said. “Primarily, we’re just trying to bide our time and be patient until we get a chance to stretch him out which there’ll be an opportunity to do that there. The key is distance and we feel turf could be in his future too.”

Lou Brissie, who finished fourth in the Sanford Stakes here on July 25, worked four furlongs in 49.58 seconds on Tuesday with the 3-year-old maiden winner Bravo Whiskey. The track was muddy and sealed when he worked.

Lou Brissie was not nominated to Monday’s Saratoga Special, which features Kantharos, who beat Lou Brissie handily in the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs.

Regal Ransom possible for Forego

Regal Ransom, who is the last horse to beat Blame, could shorten up to seven furlongs in the Grade 1 Forego here on Sept. 4, his connections said.

Though his stakes success has come at 1 1/8 miles – be won the UAE Derby and beat Blame in the Super Derby last year – Regal Ransom has run well at seven furlongs. He took his career debut here going seven furlongs at 2 and finished second to his recently-retired stablemate Desert Party in a seven-furlong allowance race in Dubai in 2009.

“He’s run competitive going seven-eighths, a mile is probably a good distance for him to be at his very best,” Rick Mettee, Godolphin’s New York-based assistant trainer, said.

Godolphin already has Vineyard Haven targeting the Forego, but Mettee said “maybe we’ll run both of them.”

In his only start this year, Regal Ransom finished fourth to Haynesfield in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont Park on July 3. Last year, Regal Ransom’s only win in North America came in the Grade 2 Super Derby where he went gate to wire. Blame finished second, and has won four consecutive races since, including the Grade 1 Whitney here last weekend.

Mettee reported that Sara Louise, who won has not run since taking the Grade 2 Top Flight at Aqueduct last November, missed Sunday’s Honorable Miss Stakes because of a bruised foot. Mettee added that Sara Louis would most likely not run in Saratoga and would be pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 25.

Book signing at Hall of Fame

Author Bill Heller and jockey Randy Romero will be signing copies of the book “Randy Romero’s Remarkable Ride” on Thursday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The signing comes one day before Romero, a winner of 4,285 races, gets inducted into the Hall of Fame along with modern-era horses Azeri, Best Pal, and Point Given. The horse Harry Bassett, trainer Michael Ernest Millerick and jockey Don Pierce will also be inducted after being voted in by the Hall of Fame’s Historical Review Committee.

Romero is best known as the rider of Personal Ensign, who completed an undefeated career with a heart-stopping victory over Winning Colors in the 1988 in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs.