08/19/2010 4:02PM

Woodward-bound Mythical Power arrives in Saratoga for Baffert

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Mythical Power, winning the Texas Mile in April, is pointing to the Woodward on Sept. 4.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. − Trainer Bob Baffert brought in four more horses earlier this week from his Southern California base, including Mythical Power, who is being pointed to the Grade 1 Woodward here Sept. 4.

Mythical Power, a son of Congaree, won the Texas Mile in April and last year took the Lone Star Derby. Both races were over dirt at Lone Star Park. Most recently, he finished fifth in the San Diego, run over Del Mar’s synthetic surface.

“I just wanted to get him out of there,” Baffert said earlier this week. “I want to train him here, get him right again. I think the synthetic sort of jarred him up.”

Baffert also brought in Capital Account for the King’s Bishop, Rapport for the Victory Ride, and 2-year-old maiden filly Blazing Along.

Capital Account, a son of Closing Argument, has won both of his starts over synthetic surfaces at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Rapport finished fourth in the Grade 2 Azalea. Blazing Along finished third in a maiden race at Del Mar.

Nicks eyes move to New York

Trainer Ralph Nicks said he plans to move his stable permanently to New York in the spring of 2011.

Nicks, who has been based in the Midwest but who has summered at Saratoga, said he will probably become a fixture on the New York circuit next spring. Nicks, 43, usually spends the winter at Fair Grounds.

“Everybody’s trying to focus on upgrading their stable, and it seems like the young guys are being given a little bit more of an opportunity,” said Nicks, the son of trainer Morris Nicks.

Nicks is no stranger to New York. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott for 14 years before going out on his own in 2004. He has won a stakes race each year since 2005 with horses such as Cool Conductor, Onthedeanslist, Sea Siren, Gentlemen Chester, Seaspeak, and El Caballo.

Nicks has about 28 horses stabled at Saratoga this summer. One horse he trained, Valiant Passion, a 2-year-old filly he owned in partnership with Barry Berkelheimer, was sold to Team Valor and transferred to Todd Pletcher.

“I hope they go on and win a Grade 1 with her,” Nicks said.

Check the Label heads Lake Placid

Check the Label, a winner of three consecutive graded stakes including the Virginia Oaks, heads a field of six entered in Sunday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

With only six horses entered in the race, the Lake Placid was carded as the fourth to keep it out of the pick six.

Check the Label, a daughter of Stormin Fever trained by Graham Motion, began her streak with a three-quarter-length victory in the Appalachian at Keeneland in April. She won the Sands Point at Belmont in may before taking the Virginia Okas by 2 3/4 lengths last month.

Ramon Dominguez rides Check the Label, the 122-pound highweight, from post 3.

Others in the field include Exclusive Love and No Explaining, the second- and third-place finishers behind Perfect Shirl in the Lake George here July 28.

It’s Tea Time, Triple Cream, and Hatheer complete the field for the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Zito wins race, loses horse

The good news is that trainer Nick Zito broke his meet-long 0-for-24 drought Thursday, when first-time starter Mountain Town rallied along the rail under apprentice Frederic Lenclud to win the fifth race.

The bad news is that Zito and owner Marylou Whitney lost Mountain Town when he was claimed for $75,000 by owner Paul Pompa Jr. and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

“I don’t know whether to smile or cry,” Zito said in the winner’s circle. “It was only fitting I broke my maiden at Saratoga for Marylou Whitney. I hope they didn’t claim Stymie. Seventy-five thousand is a lot of money. They guessed right.”

Mountain Town is a son of Cape Town out of the mare Mountain Bird, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Birdstone and Bird Town.

Aikenite to try turf

Aikenite has run well enough to finish in the money in several stakes on dirt but not good enough to win any of them. His connections will most likely try him on the turf next.

On Wednesday, Aikenite worked four furlongs over the Oklahoma turf course in 47.80 seconds.

“We thought he worked really well yesterday,” trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday. “The Saranac’s a possibility or an allowance race.”