06/25/2006 11:00PM

Ward very high on Dr. Pleasure


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer John Ward believes has a world of talent yet to be tapped. A 3-year-old chestnut colt, Dr. Pleasure gets a chance to showcase that ability Wednesday at Belmont Park, where he makes his second start of the season in a $46,000 first-level allowance. A one-mile race, the allowance also has an optional claiming price of $75,000.

Ward said he believes that of all the 3-year-olds in his barn, Dr. Pleasure will prove the best over the long run.

"Three years from now, we'll look back on him as the best," Ward said. "He's smart, and he's never been able to display that like an older horse would."

Dr. Pleasure, a homebred owned by John Oxley, has been working steadily at Saratoga in preparation for this spot.

His first race this season came at Keeneland and was a case of too much, too soon. He closely tracked the pace in a seven-furlong race and finished third as the 4-5 favorite.

"It was a race where he wasn't quite fit enough to do that," Ward said. "He came back pretty tired."

Dr. Pleasure ran three times at 2, closing out the season with a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile from post 14. Ward said he didn't think the outside post was a handicap going into the Juvenile.

"We said, 'We can't get in trouble from the outside. It's fine. We want to make a late run,' " he said.

Unfortunately, Broken Vow broke a rein and wound up drifting into Dr. Pleasure's path.

"We were locked behind him," Ward said. "At the top of the stretch, we finally got out and passed seven horses."

This will be Dr. Pleasure's first start at Belmont since the Breeders' Cup.

Of the seven horses he will face Wednesday, three won their maidens last time out: Sir Halory, Salty and Saintly, and Perrycarditus. Sir Halory scored at 1-10 at Churchill Downs in November. Salty and Saintly won at second asking, stretching out from 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile while handling a sloppy track here June 7. Perrycarditus rallied to win his maiden at Gulfstream Park on April 16.

Organizer has the most experience in the race, with 11 starts. He also owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure, a 97, which he earned last time out in the Ormsby Stakes against New York-breds here June 8. He finished second that afternoon with a game rally in the slop. This will be Organizer's second race against open company.

Completing the field are Thundering Success and Santa's Gold.