10/11/2005 11:00PM

Wet weather helps Bohemian Lady


ELMONT, N.Y. - More than six inches of rain has fallen on Long Island since Saturday and more is forecast through Friday. That makes it highly unlikely this Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia Handicap at Belmont Park will remain on the turf as scheduled.

A transfer to dirt would suit trainer Todd Pletcher just fine. Pletcher entered Bohemian Lady as a main-track-only entrant, and she would be tough to beat if she goes.

Bohemian Lady, a daughter of Carson City, has won 5 of 13 starts, including the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct as a 3-year-old. The last time she ran at Belmont, Bohemian Lady finished third behind Society Selection and Daydreaming in the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap.

Following a summer freshening, Bohemian Lady won a third-level allowance race by six lengths at Saratoga. She finished third in the Grade 3 Turfway Park Breeders' Cup Handicap over the new Polytrack surface at Turfway.

"She didn't care for the Polytrack at all," Pletcher said. "Surprisingly, there was a lot of kickback on that surface and she never leveled off."

Also entered only for the main track are Zosima, who won the Arlington-Washington Lassie as a 2-year-old in 2003, and My Lordship, who won a dirt stakes in Canada last year and who has been running well on turf for trainer Bill Mott.

Mott would still be represented on turf with Delta Princess, who has won 11 of 28 career starts. Mott plans to add blinkers to the equipment of Delta Princess, a 6-year-old A.P. Indy mare.

Others entered for the Athenia on turf are Natalie Beach, Sharp Needle, Moon Dazzle, Miss Mambo, and Fortunate Damsel.

Cavan Success can bounce back

Friday's seventh race, an entry-level allowance for New York-breds scheduled for six furlongs on the turf, is likely to be moved to the dirt. If so, expect Cavan Success to bounce back from a terrible effort at Saratoga.

Cavan Success had a win and a second in two dirt starts at Belmont in the spring before running last as the 13-10 favorite at this condition at Saratoga. Jockey Jorge Chavez told trainer Gary Gullo that Cavan Success "slipped behind and didn't feel right," Gullo said.

Though Gullo couldn't find anything other than muscle soreness, he freshened up Cavan Success and believes he has the filly going good again. Provided she can handle an off track, a repeat of either one of her first two efforts should win this.

"I think she'll like the slop," Gullo said. "I galloped her in it and she seemed to go good in it."

McLaughlin may ship a few to Dubai

If he can come up with enough horses, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin may keep a small stable in Dubai for the winter.

McLaughlin, who worked for the Maktoum family for several years in Dubai, said the Maktoums will pay the expenses for any North American-based horse that makes at least two starts in Dubai during that country's carnival of racing, which goes from mid-January to late March and includes the Dubai World Cup races. The six stakes races carded on Dubai World Cup night, March 26, 2006, are worth $21 million.

Of his own horses, McLaughlin is thinking about sending Mustanfar, L'Oiseau d'Argent, and Henny Hughes, the talented 2-year-old who just came to his barn on Tuesday.

"It's a very good situation if you have the right type of horse," McLaughlin said. "The money's big; the competition's not so tough."

'Grocer' to return for Showcase Day

Galloping Grocer, one of the stars of last year's New York Showcase Day program, will likely attempt to end a long losing streak on this year's Showcase Day card. It just hasn't been determined in what race he'll run.

Trainer Dominick Schettino has nominated Galloping Grocer to both the $250,000 Empire Classic at nine furlongs and the $125,000 Hudson Handicap at seven furlongs. Last year, Galloping Grocer won the Sleepy Hollow Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths.

Galloping Grocer has lost seven straight since, however, including all six starts this year. According to Schettino, Galloping Grocer suffered a leg infection following a second-place finish in the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 3.

He has been training regularly, and last Friday worked six furlongs in 1:12.41 while tracking two stablemates.

"He's sharp, he's happy, he's doing good," said Schettino, who was planning another in-company breeze over the weekend.