04/13/2008 11:00PM

Wait nearly over for Golden Dawn

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Golden Dawn was so dominant winning the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel on Feb. 16 that no one would have quibbled had her connections opted to run her back in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct on March 22.

But trainer Mike Hushion knew that wouldn't be the prudent thing to do and did not even nominate for that race, opting instead to point to this Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap over Aqueduct's main track. The Bed o' Roses, like the Fritchie, is at seven furlongs.

"She ran two big races back to back,'' Hushion said, referring to the Fiesta Lady Stakes that Golden Dawn won five weeks before the Fritchie. "The questions was whether four weeks would be enough or if we had the patience for eight. Obviously, seven-eighths is a good distance for her; don't know if it is for everybody.''

Golden Dawn is likely to go off favored in the Bed o' Roses, which is expected have a small field when entries are drawn on Thursday. The only other confirmed runners so far are Cowgirls Don't Cry, Lady Marlboro, and Rite Moment.

Golden Dawn is 3 for 4 since owner Marty Cunningham purchased her last fall after she went 0 for 5 for Michael Trivigno. Golden Dawn won a maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths over Aqueduct's main track on Nov. 4 before finishing third to Frisk Her and Your Flame in Me in the Raise Heck Stakes over the inner track on Dec. 7.

She reached a new plateau winning the Fiesta Lady by six lengths on Jan. 9 before making a huge inside move around the turn and into the stretch to win the Fritchie, also by six, under Channing Hill.

"That was gigantic,'' Hushion said. "She exploded. He had the horse to go where he wanted as long as there was a seam to run through.''

Golden Dawn completed her preparations for the Bed o' Roses on Monday, working four furlongs in 48.90 seconds over the Belmont training track. Hushion considers himself fortunate that he was able to get through eight weeks training Golden Dawn.

"She's a hard horse to keep in the barn,'' Hushion said. "She wants to do something all the time.''

Hill expected back Wednesday

Hill was forced to take off his final three mounts on Sunday - two of which won - after he was thrown to the ground when his mount, Cherokee Time, clipped heels with another horse in the third race.

Hill complained of pain in his left knee and was taken off his final three mounts by first-aid officials. Hill took himself to a local hospital where he was found to be fine. He is expected to return to action on Wednesday.

One of Hill's mounts, Like a Rose, got up in the final strides under Mike Luzzi to win Sunday's $100,000 Park Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

Unbridled Belle back to work

Unbridled Belle, who won the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont last September, worked three furlongs in 37.23 seconds Sunday morning over Belmont's training track. It was her first published work since she finished fifth in last October's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park.

According to Barry Irwin, head of Team Valor International which owns the mare, Unbridled Belle will be pointed to a similar campaign this year as she had in 2007. It will likely begin with the Grade 3, $150,000 Obeah Handicap at Delaware on June 14 and include the $1 million Delaware Handicap, the Personal Ensign at Saratoga, the Beldame, and then the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Irwin said Unbridled Belle wintered at the Classic Mile Training Center near Ocala, Fla., where she was under the care of Bill Reccio before shipping to trainer Todd Pletcher.

"It is our feeling she will be even better this season at 5,'' Irwin said.

Temporary Saint likely for Brandywine

Trainer Bruce Levine said Grade 3 Excelsior Handicap winner Temporary Saint would most likely make his next start in the $75,000 Brandywine Stakes at Delaware Park on May 10. Levine said it is possible Temporary Saint could wait six days to run in the Grade 1, $250,000 Pimlico Special, but only if that field was coming up light.

Levine said his mid-summer goal with Temporary Saint is the Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 28. Maggi Moss, the owner of Temporary Saint, is the perennial leading owner at Prairie Meadows.

* J Be Ke, winner of the Grade 3 Bay Shore on April 5, worked four furlongs in 52.44 seconds Monday morning over Belmont Park's training track. He is one of 40 3-year-olds nominated to the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers here on April 26.