08/03/2007 11:00PM

Teuflesberg runs well in defeat


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Teuflesberg lost the battle in Saturday's $82,250 Glow Stakes, but the effort may have set him up perfectly for the war that will be the Grade 1 King's Bishop here on Aug. 25.

Running hard up on the pace all the way, Teuflesberg was overtaken by Pays to Dream ($20.20) in deep stretch of the Glow, losing by 1 1/2 lengths. He finished second, a neck ahead of longshot Biggerbadderbetter.

The Glow was the first start on turf for Teuflesberg who had made his previous 18 starts on the dirt. Trainer and part-owner Jamie Sanders only ran Teuflesberg in the Glow because she felt he needed a race in between the Carry Back on July 7 and the King's Bishop.

"We had to do something with him," Sanders said. "He ran hard, he was up on the pace, the winner was a nice horse, he just got the edge on him late. This ought to set him up really good for the King's Bishop."

Meanwhile, Pays to Dream, a New York-bred son of High Yield, won for the fourth time from nine starts. He was coming off a fourth-place finish behind Distorted Reality in the Lexington Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. Pays to Dream is now 3 for 3 at one mile, after winning the Glow in 1:35.71.

Under Javier Castellano, Pays to Dream split horses in upper stretch, then tipped four wide, and powered home the winner.

"The pace wasn't that fast early so I thought it was too much to overcome," said David Donk, trainer of Pays to Dream. "But that was a really nice turn of foot."

Jazil gets clean bill of health

Jazil, the 2006 Belmont Stakes winner who has been sidelined with bruising of a front cannon bone, was given a clean bill of health by Dr. Rolf Embertson in Lexington, Ky., and was turned out in a paddock at owner Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm on Thursday.

According to Rick Nichols, the racing manager for Shadwell, Jazil will be turned out in the paddock for three weeks after which he will undergo some more X-rays. If those X-rays are clean, Jazil could return to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Belmont Park barn in September.

"If everything looks good, he'll be ready to come back," said Nichols, who added that Shadwell would like to run Jazil next year "if we can."

Jazil, a half-brother to this year's Belmont winner Rags to Riches, has not won since taking the 2006 Belmont. He finished second in two dirt allowance races and finished last in the Grade 3 Elkhorn at Keeneland in April.

Lear's Princess works for Alabama

Lear's Princess, second to Octave in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, worked four furlongs in 48.55 seconds Saturday morning as she prepares for a start in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes on Aug. 18.

"She's doing very well, she's training well, we'll work one more time," McLaughlin said. "I wish we had another week time-wise but we don't."

McLaughlin also worked Shakis a half-mile in 48.66 seconds Saturday morning. Though he is nominated to Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, McLaughlin said it is unlikely he would run. The Sword Dancer is expected to draw English Channel and Better Talk Now.

Irish Smoke to Spinaway

Irish Smoke, a good-looking debut winner here Thursday, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 2, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

Irish Smoke, a daughter of Smoke Glacken, ran five furlongs in 57.63 seconds and won by 2 1/4 lengths. She was assigned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"She's a natural," Biancone said. "She doesn't mind taking the kickback. I like to give them a lot of experience. To just jump in front and win doesn't make sense. She did it good."

One of her rivals in the Spinaway will be According to Plan, who finished fourth as the favorite in the opening day Schuylerville Stakes. On Saturday, According to Plan worked four furlongs in 47.55 seconds over Saratoga's main track. It was the fastest of 48 works at the distance.