09/15/2004 11:00PM

Two threats from Frankel


ELMONT, N.Y. - Ice Wynnd Fire faced some of the country's best 3-year-old sprinters in the Grade 1 King's Bishop and ran well to finish third. In Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park, Ice Wynnd Fire stretches out to a mile and should find the added ground to his liking.

is trained by Bobby Frankel, who also will run Coded Warning in the Grade 2 Jerome. The Frankel runners are not coupled in the wagering.

Five other 3-year-olds were entered in the Jerome, which figures to be run over a wet track.

In the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 28, Ice Wynnd Fire came from last in the eight-horse field and was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Pomeroy and Weigelia. Without a lot of speed in the Jerome, Frankel anticipates that Ice Wynnd Fire will be closer to the pace.

"He'll be right there," Frankel said. "There is no speed in this race and there was a ton of speed in the King's Bishop. Both my horses ran on Travers Day and the track was definitely against come-from-behind horses. I thought both horses ran very well."

closed with a rush to finish third in a tough seven-furlong allowance race on the Travers undercard. The extra furlong will be a bonus for Coded Warning, who has a strong affinity for Belmont with two wins and a second from three starts there.

Saratoga County's best race came at a mile around one turn when he won the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct in March for trainer George Weaver. Saratoga County has lost five starts since.

"[Weaver] wanted to get him back to where he did his best work," said Glen Brookfield, Weaver's assistant.

Bob Baffert, who won this race last year with During, entered Teton Forest. In his last start on June 5, Teton Forest was a courageous second to Fire Slam in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup.

Baffert said he would look at the Jerome field and the weather before committing to run.

, who would benefit from a wet track, seeks his first graded win after several wins in restricted stakes.