11/12/2009 12:00AM

Too few entries for Stuyvesant


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - New York Racing Association officials canceled the 59th running of the Stuyvesant Handicap, scheduled for Saturday, when only five horses entered the Grade 3, $100,000 race, with the possibility that only three would start.

The likelihood of a wet track for Saturday would have caused trainer John Kimmel to scratch Timber Reserve from the race. The connections of Honour Devil informed the racing office that their horse was not guaranteed to start regardless of track condition. The other three entrants were Dry Martini, Naughty New Yorker, and Tomcito.

P.J. Campo, NYRA's director of racing, said it "doesn't make sense'' to run a stakes race with three horses. Campo said he was not confident the race could draw a bigger field even if it were postponed by a few days.

"We're not going to give away $100,000,'' Campo said. "If the guys were definite to run, I'd have brought it back, but to have three it just doesn't make sense.''

Barclay Tagg, the trainer of Dry Martini, who won this race last year for trainer Billy Turner, said he would likely point his gelding to the Alysheba Stakes at the Meadowlands on Nov. 27. His goal is the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 30 at Santa Anita.

The Stuyvesant had been run 58 times - the first running in 1916 - and was won by the likes of Man o' War, Riva Ridge, and Seattle Slew.

Campo said the future viability of the Stuyvesant as well as several other stakes would be discussed when he and stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes plot out the schedule for 2010.

"Oh absolutely,'' Campo said. "There's a lot of stakes that are going to be examined when we sit down and work through the stakes schedule.''

What next for Saratoga Russell?

Trainer Mike Hushion had been anxious to get Saratoga Russell to the starting gate for quite some time. He finally was able to find the right spot, albeit at Penn National. On Tuesday, Saratoga Russell won a second-level allowance at Penn National by 3 3/4 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:08.92. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

It was Saratoga Russell's first start since he was beaten a neck in a similar spot at Monmouth Park on Sept. 27.

Hushion had Saratoga Russell entered in the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Oct. 24 but had to scratch after the horse showed signs of colic the night before the race.

Hushion's goal with Saratoga Russell, a Florida-bred, is the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park. Hushion said he may look at the Grade 3, $100,000 Fall Highweight here on Thanksgiving Day as a possible next start for Saratoga Russell.

"It wouldn't be crazy to run in the Fall Highweight then get him to Florida right after that and give him two months to the race,'' Hushion said. "It's one of the things we're looking at.''

Negligee may try Starlet

Last December, trainer John Terranova won his first Grade 1 race when Laragh shipped cross-country to win the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park. That race followed a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Terranova is considering an attempt at a second Starlet victory with Negligee, who finished sixth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. Negligee, who gave Terranova his second Grade 1 win in the Alcibiades last month at Keeneland, returned to the track Thursday, jogging a mile at Belmont.

Terranova said he would evaluate how Negligee is training in the coming weeks and if he feels she's displaying the desire to run "then we'll consider it for sure,'' he said. "It's not out of the question by any means.''

Laragh, meanwhile, was retired and on Tuesday sold for $850,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November auction to Japanese interests.

* Vineyard Haven, the De Francis Dash winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.66 Thursday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for a start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile here on Nov. 28.

* The stewards fined jockey Alan Garcia $500 for failure to tend to business in a proper manner. Garcia did not honor any of his three calls (one scratched) on Sunday as he went to Peru following Saturday's Breeders' Cup and failed to notify racing officials.