05/29/2008 11:00PM

This time, Almighty Silver?


ELMONT, N.Y. - Almighty Silver's only loss in his last four starts came to Fort Drum in the Times Square division of the New York Stallion Stakes in April.

Charlton Baker, the trainer of Almighty Silver, believes there are a few reasons to believe his horse can turn the tables on Fort Drum when the two meet in Sunday's $75,000 Spectacular Bid division of the Stallion Stakes on Sunday at Belmont.

First, Almighty Silver was coming back on just 13 days' rest in the Times Square. Now he has 25 days. Second, Baker believes the additional furlong of the Spectacular Bid favors his horse.

"A mile is more like him," Baker said. "Fort Drum ran a huge race last time, but this horse has come a long way since then."

After losing the Times Square by a half-length, Almighty Silver came back to win a second-level statebred allowance going 1 1/16 miles here May 7. He has two good works since.

Fort Drum bore out badly at the start of the Times Square before rallying to win. He came back to run third to Groomedforvictory in the Screenland Stakes on May 7. Groomedforvictory is being pointed to the Grade 2 Woody Stephens on Belmont Day.

Express to Thewest, Brookhaven's Money, and Fortune Faded complete the Spectacular Bid field. With only five entrants, the Spectacular Bid will go as race 3.

Eight were entered in the Cupecoy's Joy for 3-year-old fillies. Gullible Gal, a daughter of Hook and Ladder, is coming off two straight victories and looms as the one to beat for trainer Tony Dutrow.

Irish Date is a Michigan-bred, but is by the New York-based sire Take Me Out, making her eligible for the Cupecoy's Joy. She spent most of her career running at Great Lakes Downs and returns to regular dirt after finishing third over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs.

Study Abroad, a daughter of Wheelaway, was beaten a nose in the Park Avenue division of the Stallion Stakes in April. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is not sure what to expect from his filly after a less-than-pleasing workout on May 22.

"She had been training unbelievable, but her last breeze was not on time," Dutrow said. "I don't like running horses like that, but it's a big race and maybe we're wrong. We've been wrong before."

Raffie's Treasure, a full sister to New York-bred stakes winners Dr. V's Magic and Organizer, won her debut going a mile at Aqueduct on April 6.

Kaplan ships in from Calder

With south Florida horsemen feeling the pinch of a hefty purse cut at the Calder meeting, at least one has ventured north with some of his better horses.

Bill Kaplan has shipped five horses from Calder to Belmont Park, several of whom will be participating in upcoming stakes.

Imawildandcrazyguy, who finished fourth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Belmont, will run in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap at 1 1/2 miles. He will also run Dynhocracy in Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Hill Prince and Storm in May in the Grade 3, $150,000 Jaipur Handicap here on June 15. Drums of Thunder, who won the What a Pleasure Stakes in 2006, is another Kaplan runner on the grounds.

In a contract dispute with its horsemen, Calder has slashed purses by 30 percent at the current meet. That's the primary reason Kaplan is here, though he said he has left 15 behind at Calder.

Michael McDonald is another trainer who is taking stalls in New York.

"A lot of people are moving some of their horses out because their owners are insisting," Kaplan said. "Three of these horses are owned by New York owners. It was send them to New York to somebody else or go myself. There really wasn't much choice."

Imawildandcrazyguy ended a 10-race losing streak winning the Sumter Stakes at Calder on May 4. Originally listed as a $50,000 race, the Sumter was run for $36,000.

"I was going to run in the Memorial Day Handicap, but they dropped that down to $36,000, too," Kaplan said.

Dynhocracy has not run since Feb. 11 when he finished fifth in the OBS Championship Stakes run over a synthetic surface. One of his two career victories has come on turf.

Entries for Friday's Brooklyn and Hill Prince will be taken on Sunday.

Others expected for the Hill Prince are Big Truck, Gio Ponti, Hatta Fort, Moral Compass, Prussian, and Riptide.

Among those expected for the Brooklyn are Angliana, Awfully Smart, Delosvientos, Evening Attire, Nite Light, and Sightseeing.

Unbridled's Heart moves to Godolphin

Unbridled's Heart, a good-looking debut winner on May 10, has been transferred from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable operation to his Godolphin Racing division. He has been transferred from trainer Tom Albertrani to Rick Mettee, who overseas Godolphin's New York operation for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Earlier this month, Godolphin transferred Ashland winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Little Belle to Mettee from trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Unbridled's Heart, a son of Unbridled's Song, won his debut by 10 lengths on May 10, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.12 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. On Friday, Unbridled's Heart worked four furlongs in 50.64 seconds over Belmont's main track. "We don't have anything picked out for him," Mettee said.

Mettee said Little Belle has not breezed since her second-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks. She could be pointed to the Mother Goose, Mettee said.

Barrier Reef, who won the Whirlaway Stakes in February, worked four furlongs in 48.75 seconds on Friday. Mettee said he does not have a race picked out for him either. Barrier Reef finished seventh in the Transylvania Stakes on Polytrack in April.

* Stud Muffin ($40.20) rallied inside of pace-setting Stormin Normandy to win Friday's $77,250 Noble Nashua Stakes by a half-length under John Velazquez. It was 3 1/4 lengths back to R Clear Victory, who nosed out Naughty New Yorker for third.

Stud Muffin, a 4-year-old son of Raffie's Majesty, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.14. It was one of two winners on the day for trainer David Duggan, who claimed Stud Muffin for $35,000 in March.