04/15/2008 11:00PM

Withers may be next for Giant Moon


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With his chances to make the Kentucky Derby field virtually impossible, Giant Moon began preparing for a different stakes race Wednesday when he worked five furlongs in 1:00.10 over Belmont Park's main track.

It was Giant Moon's first breeze since he finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 5. Giant Moon, a New York-bred son of Giant's Causeway, worked in company with the 4-year-old New York-bred Hammock, who bested Giant Moon in the move as he was timed in 59.88 seconds, the fastest of the morning.

Giant Moon does not have nearly enough graded stakes earnings to crack the Derby field, which is limited to 20 starters. Shortly after the Wood, trainer Richard Schosberg said Giant Moon would be pointed to the $1 million Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, on May 17 at Pimlico. On Wednesday, Schosberg opened the door for a possible start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on April 26.

"It's a possibility," he said of the Withers. "I'd like to have him fresh for the Preakness, I don't think six weeks [between races] is that ridiculous. A mile race might be good for him, though he'd be chasing fast fractions."

Giant Moon won the first four starts of his career, including two New York-bred stakes and a listed stakes against open company. He finished last in the Grade 3 Gotham, run over a sloppy track, before the Wood in which he was beaten a neck for third. Schosberg said Giant Moon came out of that race extremely tired, but less than a week later was full of himself again.

Schosberg said the 4-year-old Hammock, unraced since November, is prepping for a New York-bred stakes.

Sherine targets Acorn

Sherine, the upset winner of Saturday's Grade 2 Comely Stakes, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day (June 7), trainer Tony Dutrow said. Whether Sherine starts before the Acorn is not yet decided.

"I would be tempted to train her to the Acorn," Dutrow said Wednesday. "She ran good fresh this time. Why not do what we just did? Maybe something good will happen again."

Sherine won the Comely off a 55-day layoff. The time between the Comely and the Acorn is 56 days.

The Acorn may not be the only Grade 1 Tony Dutrow aims for this spring. Dutrow said he is considering running Premium Wine in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont on May 26.

"The other day, I certainly thought he could get a mile," said Dutrow, referring to Premium Wine's late run to be third in the seven-furlong Carter.

Distorted Reality heads feature

Trainer Todd Pletcher is off to a 0-for-13 start at the main-track meet, but his Distorted Reality looms as the one to beat in Friday's featured third-level allowance race, scheduled for one mile on the turf.

Distorted Reality won the Lexington Stakes last July at Belmont, and since then has two seconds and a third from four stakes tries. He has been off since November, but has been training steadily since early March.

Spurred, away from the races since October, and Maryland shipper Irish Osprey appear to be the toughest rivals.

Pick six returns $1,015

With four favorites and two second choices winning, the pick six returned $1,015 on Wednesday. There were 625 winning tickets. There were 7,421 consolation tickets (5 of 6), each worth $21.40. After the wager went unhit Saturday and Sunday, there was a $205,953 carryover entering Wednesday's card. An additional $853,900 was wagered into the pool. The winning sequence of 3-2-6-3-7-4 included She's My Sunshine ($5.30), Bebob ($4.80), Volos ($9.10), Raw Silk ($5.80), Cosmic ($4.10), and Sky Dragon ($8).

Apprentices given suspensions

Apprentice riders Sebastian Morales and Joseph Berrios Cruz were each given seven-day suspensions for careless riding in Sunday's third race. The two riders allowed their mounts to twice come over on Cherokee Time, who clipped heels with one of them and unseated rider Channing Hill.

Morales and Berrios Cruz, who are both seven-pound apprentices, will start their suspensions Saturday. They will be eligible to return April 26.