09/17/2009 11:00PM

Worstcasescenario finds her best case

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Barbara D. Livingston
Worstcasescenario is 2 for 2 in dirt sprints and will try for another in Saturday's Grade 2 Matron at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The pedigree of Worstcasescenario does not suggest that sprinting on dirt would be what she does best. But in two dirt sprints, Worstcasescenario has been second to no one, winning a maiden race at Belmont and last month's Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga by a combined 10 lengths.

Saturday, she'll remain sprinting on dirt when she runs in the Grade 2, $250,000 Matron Stakes going seven furlongs at Belmont Park.

Worstcasescenario is a daughter of Forbidden Apple, a Grade 1 winner on turf who banked more than $1.6 million. Rick Violette, who trains Worstcasescenario, said that while he tends to shy away from horses with turf pedigree, there was so much else to like about Worstcasescenario that he made sure owner Seth Klarman bought her.

"She had great action and I loved her mind," Violette said. "I just loved her and really wanted to take her home, and fortunately we were right."

Violette said the filly didn't give the indication she would be quick away from the gate, but she has attended the pace in both of her starts, including the Adirondack, where Violette was expecting her to come from off the pace.

"She broke like a rocket and I was really holding my breath," Violette said. "Alan [Garcia] did a very wise thing and kind of just sat motionless hoping something would run by him to at least point at something. But I did think the fractions were awfully fast. We were doing it fairly easy, but still, it was not the way we had drawn things up. I thought we would be back three or four lengths and have a shot to win the race from off the pace."

Violette hopes there is speed to run in front of Worstcasescenario in the Matron. The field is expected to include Dashing Debby, whom Worstcasescenario raced within a length of early in the Adirondack, as well as Awesome Maria, Babai Baby, Negligee, Southern Truth, Speightful Lady, Touch Beauty, and Worship the Moon.

Vineyard Haven works, Jerome possible

Vineyard Haven breezed five furlongs in 1:03.26 on Wednesday morning over Belmont Park's main track, his first work since being disqualified from first in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga. There are plenty of options for Vineyard Haven's next start, including the Grade 2 Jerome here on Oct. 11, though Godolphin plans on running Girolamo in that race.

Godolphin assistant trainer Rick Mettee said Vineyard Haven "lightened up a little bit" following the King's Bishop, his first start since February, "but it looks like he's bounced back now."

Meanwhile, Mettee said plans have been finalized for several of Godolphin's fillies and mares. Music Note, winner of the Grade 1 Ballerina, will run in the Grade 1 Beldame here on Oct. 3. Cocoa Beach, who won the Beldame last year, is also possible for that spot. Seventh Street, second in the Ruffian last Saturday, will turn back in distance in her next start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 6. Sara Louise, a 3-year-old, will run against Indian Blessing in the Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom here on Sept. 26.

Meanwhile, Mettee said Gayego would ship to Southern California to run in the Ancient Title on Oct. 11.

"We'll let him tell us if he can cut it against pretty tough horses going six furlongs or do we point for the [Dirt] Mile," Mettee said.

Maram aims for Pebbles

Maram, who scratched out of Saturday's Grade 1 Garden City due to soft turf, will most likely make her next start in the $100,000 Pebbles Stakes here on Oct. 12, trainer Chad Brown said Wednesday.

Maram, undefeated in four starts including last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, had some foot issues that required her to train in aluminum pads. Brown would have run Maram in the Garden City in aluminum pads, but didn't want to do so over soft turf. Now, Brown would prefer to wait to run Maram until she no longer needs the pads.

Brown did say he was impressed with the way Maram looked during her galloping session Wednesday morning over Belmont's main track.

"That was as good as I've seen her train recently," Brown said. "I'd like to work her over the weekend if I can get access to the turf course."

* The stewards fined jockey Alan Garcia $500 for misuse of the whip during the running of Saturday's second race. Garcia, aboard co-favorite Five Boroughs, struck the horse on the side of the face around the far turn as the horse repeatedly attempted to bear out. Five Boroughs finished fourth in the race.