Lido Palace Heads Small Woodward Field; Three Grade I Races Saturday at Belmont
Date Posted: 9/5/2002 3:32:02 PM
Last Updated: 9/6/2002 9:35:39 AM

Take Charge Lady, makes first start since May 25 in Saturday's Gazelle.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Lido Palace heads a field of only six when he tries to repeat in the grade I Woodward Stakes at Belmont on Saturday. The card also features to other grade I races, the Man o' War and Gazelle.

Amerman Racing's Lido Palace will break from the inside under Jorge Chavez. He is trained by Bobby Frankel and, like all six runners, carries 126 pounds in the nine-furlong race.

The field, in post order:

1--Lido Palace, Jorge Chavez
2--Express Tour, John Velazquez
3--Cat's at Home, Edgar Prado
4--Sherpa Guide, Jose Santos
5--Gander, Richard Migliore
6--Baseball Champion, Pat Day

With Anticipation is another who seeks to repeat, being the probable favorite in the Man o' War. The 7-year-old heads a field of eight in the 11-furlong turf race.

Trained by Jonathan Sheppard for George Strawbridge Jr., With Anticipation will be ridden by Pat Day. He repeated most recently in the Sword Dancer (gr. IT) at Saratoga. All starters will carry 126 pounds.

The field, in post position order:

1--Man From Wicklow, Javier Catellano
2--Lord Flasheart, Edgar Prado
3--With Anticipation, Pat Day
4--Blazing Fury, Jose Santos
5--Tobougg, John Velazquez
6--Regal Dynasty, Jean-Luc Samyn
7--Balto Star, Richard Migliore
8--Skipping, Kent Desormeaux

The return of Bella Bellucci and Take Charge Lady highlights the competitive Gazelle. Take Charge Lady has not started since May 25, although her trainer, Ken McPeek, has proved recently he can bring horses back off long layoffs to run well. Repent nearly nailed Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers (gr. I).

Select Stable's Take Charge Lady will be ridden by Edgar Prado.

Bella Bellucci scratched from the Aug. 17 Alabama (gr. I) because of the off track.

The field, in post position order:

1--Bella Bellucci, John Velazquez
2--Jaramar Rain, Mike Luzxzi
3--Spring Meadow, Jorge Chavez
4--Nonsuch Bay, Javier Catellano
5--Imperial Gesture, Jose Santos
6--Take Charge Lady, Edgar Prado
7--Lost At Sea, Pat Day


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