06/03/2005 12:00AM

Whitney next for Ghostzapper


ELMONT, N.Y. - Ghostzapper will not make his next start in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap on July 2 and instead will be pointed to the $750,000 Whitney Handicap on Aug. 6 at Saratoga, trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed on Friday.

The Whitney could feature the top two finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, as the connections of Roses in May have targeted that race as well. Roses in May won the Whitney last year and took the Dubai World Cup earlier this year.

Frankel said that Ghostzapper ran extremely hard winning the Metropolitan Handicap on Monday, his first start in seven months.

"He came out of the race, he was a tired a little bit," Frankel said. "The timing is really good with the Whitney. Every race gets closer and closer with timing."

Following the Whitney, Ghostzapper will likely run in the Woodward at Belmont Park on Sept. 10 and then the Breeders' Cup Classic, also at Belmont, on Oct. 29.

Frankel said that he doesn't plan to nominate Ghostzapper to the Suburban and that the horse will probably not go to the track for at least another week.

"He'll walk 10 days," Frankel said. "He's not going to run till August, so that gives me an opportunity to get him fresh again."

Lady Pegasus wins second straight

Frankel may have a developing 3-year-old stakes filly in Lady Pegasus, who won her second straight on Thursday, taking an entry-level allowance race by 5 1/2 lengths. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.02 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84.

Lady Pegasus, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus, won a maiden race at Churchill Downs on May 4 after getting beaten a neck in her dirt debut at Keeneland on April 14. Frankel said he would look for an allowance race instead of rushing Lady Pegasus into a race such as the Mother Goose Stakes on June 25. Frankel indicated Lady Pegasus could be a contender for the Alabama on Aug. 20.

"I don't think distance is ever going to bother her," Frankel said. "She's got a lot of potential, I just don't want to rush her."

Half Ours may be out for the year

Half Ours, one of the top 2-year-olds in the East, suffered a hairline fracture of his right hind cannon bone and will be out until the fall at the earliest.

Half Ours, a son of Unbridled's Song trained by Todd Pletcher, won his maiden by 10 3/4 lengths at Keeneland on April 17. He came back to win the Three Chimneys Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

On Sunday, Half Ours worked four furlongs in 48.65 seconds over Belmont's main track as he was pointing toward a possible start in the Flash Stakes next Friday. Half Ours did not cool out well, and X-rays revealed the fracture. On Tuesday, Dr. Stephen Selway inserted two screws to stabilize the cannon bone. Pletcher said it was possible, not definite, that Half Ours could return this fall.

Pletcher said he would most likely not have a runner in the Flash, a race he won in 2003 with Chapel Royal.

Pletcher does have three runners nominated to the Fashion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday. Pletcher said he would likely run two from the trio of Adieu, Ready Again, and Successful Romance.

Gander to hang with Mom's Command

Gander, the popular New York-bred gelding who was injured while breezing last September at Saratoga, will ship to his new home, Runnymede Farm, in North Hampton, N.H., on Sunday.

Gander, owned by the Gatsas Stables and trained by John Terranova, has been at a farm in Bedford Hills, N.Y., since recovering from surgery to repair a fractured short pastern bone. Gander retired as one of the most popular New York-breds of all time, with earnings exceeding $1 million.

According to Terranova, Gander will be turned out in the same paddock that houses Mom's Command, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1985.

- Tony Micallef will take over as Jorge Chavez's agent beginning June 13. Chavez and his current agent, Steve Adika, will split the previous day. Micallef has previously served as agent for Shaun Bridgmohan, Aaron Gryder, and Mike Luzzi.

- Horsemen are reminded that Belmont will take double entries on Tuesday for Thursday's and Friday's cards. Entries for Belmont Stakes Day will be taken on Wednesday. No entries will be taken on Thursday.

- Artie Schiller, prepping for the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Day, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.06 over the Belmont training track.