08/18/2001 12:00AM

Victory Ride breaks leg in work


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Victory Ride, the dominant winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes last month, broke her right front leg while working out Saturday morning at Saratoga. Although the injury is not life-threatening, it could end her career.

Victory Ride was scheduled to be operated on by Dr. Larry Bramlage on Sunday at an equine hospital on the grounds of Saratoga. Bramlage, in town for Sunday's Jockey Club Round Table, was scheduled to insert three or four screws into the cannon bone.

Victory Ride had just completed the first quarter of a half-mile breeze when exercise rider Simon Harris felt her bobble. Harris pulled up the filly at the eighth pole, hopped off and cradled Victory Ride's right front leg in his arms - reminiscent of Chris Antley and Charismatic in the 1999 Belmont Stakes - until the equine ambulance arrived.

Victory Ride was transported back to trainer Rusty Arnold's barn where she was attended to by Dr. James Hunt.

X-rays revealed a lateral condylar fracture of the right front cannon bone.

Owner G. Watts Humphrey and Arnold were in the Saratoga grandstand when the filly broke down. While Arnold attended to the filly in the stall, Humphrey paced anxiously while awaiting the X-rays.

"She was very special," Humphrey said. "You don't get too many like her."

Humphrey purchased Victory Ride for $475,000 at the 1999 Keeneland July yearling sales. A daughter of Seeking the Gold, Victory Ride won her first two starts by a combined 21 1/4 lengths. In her third start, she ran in the Grade 1 Acorn, in which was nipped at the wire by Forest Secrets.

She bounced back with a 3 1/4-length victory in the Test. Her time of 1:21.72 for seven furlongs equaled the fourth-fastest clocking in the Test. Victory Ride was getting ready to run in the Grade 1 Gazelle Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 8.

Win City out of Travers

Win City, winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie in his last start, suffered a sprained left front ankle and will be forced to miss Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes, trainer Bob Tiller said from Woodbine.

Win City, a Canadian-bred gelded son of Slew City Slew, was scheduled to work at Woodbine on Saturday morning, but Tiller noticed filling in the ankle on Friday.

"It was even worse this morning, but he X-rayed clean," Tiller said Saturday. "It's disappointing to all of us, but we've got to do what's right for the horse. I recommended that we skip this race. He's jogging sound; the X-rays are absolutely perfect. It's just a mild sprain of the left front ankle, bad enough that we couldn't work him. He'll need four or five days off."

Win City's defection leaves the probable Travers field at nine: Point Given, A P Valentine, Dollar Bill, Scorpion, Free of Love, E Dubai, This Fleet is Due, Volponi, and Harrisand.

Left Bank likely for Forego

Left Bank, who ran the fastest six furlongs of the meet here in an allowance race Aug. 13, is expected to make his next start in the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs here Sept. 1. Trainer Todd Pletcher had also been considering the

Grade 1 Woodward at nine furlongs on Sept. 8.

"I think the timing is fine for the Forego and he likes the track," Pletcher said. "The Forego might be a better spot for him than the Woodward. It's only his second start since the Met Mile and I think it's better than going a mile and an eighth. I won't rule out him going farther later down the road."

Last out, Left Bank won a six-furlong classified allowance race by 7 3/4 lengths in 1:08.53. It was his first start since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, Pletcher said he may try Trippi on the turf in his next start. Trippi, winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh last year as a 3-year-old, has lost his last five starts, including a third-place finish at 1-5 in an allowance race here.

* Traditionally, winner of the Oaklawn Park Handicap, breezed four furlongs in 48.91 seconds over Saratoga's main track Saturday. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he is considering either next Sunday's Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park or the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park on Sept. 22. McGaughey said the horse would not run at Belmont Park again.

"A hard racetrack is what he needs," said McGaughey, who is looking forward to running Traditionally in the handicap stakes at Gulfstream Park next winter.

* The Goo, preparing for next Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop on the Travers undercard, breezed four furlongs in 47.65 seconds over the main track.