10/16/2005 11:00PM

Woke Up Dreamin un-retired

Woke Up Dreamin wins the Smile at Calder. His ailing foot is better now.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Woke Up Dreamin's retirement is on hold.

Though he won't run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Woke Up Dreamin could very well return to the races later this year. On Monday, Woke Up Dreamin worked four furlongs in 47.18 seconds over Belmont's training track, his first breeze since he finished ninth in the Vosburgh here on Oct. 1. Woke up Dreamin worked in company with Prideland, an allowance horse trained by John Terranova.

On Oct. 3, two days after the Vosburgh, trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Pegram announced that Woke Up Dreamin, a 5-year-old son of Holy Bull, would be retired because of a recurring foot problem. Pending a stallion deal, Baffert left Woke Up Dreamin in New York with Terranova and his wife and assistant, Tonja.

According to Baffert, Woke Up Dreamin was found to have had fungus under his right front foot following the Vosburgh. That same foot had also been plagued by a quarter crack. After the fungus was removed, Baffert told the Terranovas to keep Woke Up Dreamin in training and see how the foot responded.

"He's very sound," Baffert said. "If the Breeders' Cup was maybe in another 30 days he could make it. There's still a chance he'll run one more time this year or maybe even go to Dubai. I don't have any races picked out. We have options."

The Dubai race Baffert was referring to is the $2 million Golden Shaheen at Nad al Sheba in March. Among Woke Up Dreamin's Grade 1 options this year are the De Francis Dash at Laurel on Nov. 19 or the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 26.

Woke Up Dreamin is among the top sprinters in the country, having won 4 of his last 6 races this year, including the True North Breeders' Cup and the Smile Sprint Breeders' Cup.

Spite the Devil works twice in 2 days

Trainer Allen Jerkens doesn't know what all the fuss is about, but it was interesting to see Spite the Devil work twice in two days in preparation for Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic. Spite the Devil, who won the Empire Classic last year, went three furlongs in 37.75 seconds on Sunday and on Monday worked a mile in 1:42.05. Monday's work was done in company with Great Lady K.

"He hadn't done anything in over three months," Jerkens said when asked about the back-to-back works. "Most horses aren't that long between races."

Jerkens thought about running Spite the Devil in an allowance race on Sunday, but opted not to because of a fear of a wet track. Jerkens won that allowance race anyway, with Kennel Up.

Spite the Devil is one of five stakes winners from last year's New York Showcase program that could run back this year.

On the Bus and Friendly Island are expected to defend their titles in the Ticonderoga and Hudson handicaps, respectively. Galloping Grocer, who won the Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-old males last year, is possible for either the Empire Classic or Hudson this year. Pelham Bay, who won the Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-old females, is possible for the Iroquois for filly and mare sprinters at seven furlongs.

Certifiably Crazy, second behind Irish Colonial in the Mohawk last year, is likely to head the field in that race this year.

Several New York Showcase players worked on Monday, including Galloping Grocer, who went six furlongs in 1:13.67. On the Bus went five furlongs in 1:01.02, Pelham Bay covered a half-mile in 48.07 seconds. Clever Electrician, second as the favorite in last year's Hudson, worked four furlongs in 46.15 seconds, the fastest of 111 breezes at the distance.

Mr. Malaprop heads feature

All 10 races Saturday are for New York-breds. Five of Wednesday's nine races are for statebreds as well, including the day's feature, a second-level allowance for males scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Mr. Malaprop, a son of Distorted Humor, appears to have found the right group in which to clear this condition. Mr. Malaprop was purchased privately by a partnership of Gold Spur Stable and Boys Town Mews Stud following his fourth-place in the Albany Handicap last month at Saratoga. He was turned over to trainer Lisa Lewis.

In his first start for his new connections, Mr. Malaprop finished fourth in an open company allowance race after chasing a hot pace.

"We ran him to get a race in him," Lewis said. "They couldn't fill the two-other-than. They were tough horses. I thought he went a little too fast - it wasn't any fault of [jockey] Mike [Smith's] - and he didn't do as much as he needed to finish with that group."

Richard Migliore will ride Mr. Malaprop from post 3.

Emotrin, who is drawn on the outside in the nine-horse field, looms the major threat. He finished second to Organizer at this condition on Sept. 17. That race had originally been scheduled for the turf but was rained off to the dirt.

* Turf racing is scheduled to return on Thursday with one race each carded for the inner and Widener turf courses. The last turf race run here was on Oct. 7.