12/27/2008 12:00AM

Trainer says gelding helped Get Serious


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Judging by his form, it appeared as though turf was the reason Get Serious turned his career around. Trainer John Forbes said it was something completely different.

After experiencing one frustration after another with Get Serious, Forbes went to the last resort of gelding the son of City Zip to see if he could reach his potential. Since undergoing that procedure last February, Get Serious has responded with three wins and a second from six starts. Sunday at Aqueduct, Get Serious will try to remain on a roll when he takes on 11 other New York-breds in the $75,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap over the inner track.

"He's been such a different horse since we gelded," Forbes said. "He went from rejecting everything we did to being eager to get out there."

Forbes said he ran Get Serious in a turf race at Monmouth in June just to get a race in him. But the horse ran well enough that Forbes kept him on that surface, and he won two allowance races before finishing 5 3/4 lengths behind Big Brown in the Monmouth Stakes. Get Serious was then beaten a neck by Logic Way in the Mohawk Handicap on turf. Following that, Get Serious rolled to a 4 3/4-length gate-to-wire score in the Alysheba Stakes at the Meadowlands on Nov. 14.

"I'm still not sure he's not better on the dirt," Forbes said.

Despite the fact that there are 12 horses in the field, there is not an abundance of speed. R Clear Victory, who is drawn on the far outside, is the only other confirmed front-runner in the field.

Icabad Crane, third in the Preakness, will be making his second start since being gelded. Last out, he ran second to fellow Robb starter Love Aboard in an overnight stakes over Aqueduct's main track.

Trainer Richard Schosberg has entered both That'srightofficer and Run With the Lark in the Robb. That'srightofficer has finished second in four consecutive races, including the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap last out. Though he has won only twice, That'srightofficer is the 119-pound highweight. That, and post 11, didn't bolster Schosberg's holiday spirits.

"Any post on the inner track outside of, say, 6 [going two turns] is bad for anybody," Schosberg said. "He does drop out of it significantly, so hopefully it'll clear away enough to at least get into the two-path."

On the positive side, Edgar Prado sees fit to fly up from Florida to ride That'srightofficer.