Gander will make his last start of 2003 in the $250,000 Empire Classic on Oct. 18.
Edited from Belmont notesHusband and wife John and Tonja Terranova enjoyed a nice weekend at Belmont when James McIngvale's During scored in the Jerome (gr. II) and Gatsas Thoroughbreds' Gander won a $58,000 allowance in game fashion.During, who beat Travers (gr. I) winner Ten Most Wanted in the Swaps (gr. II) two months ago, is officially trained by Bob Baffert, but has been in the care of the Terranovas since he was shipped east last month."It was gratifying that During won," said Tonja Terranova. "The whole barn has put a lot of work into him, getting him to calm down. Jose (Santos) said he was a perfect gentleman, so a lot of the time and effort we've put in has paid off. It was great that Bob and Mr. McIngvale left him here with us to have a chance to let him run in the Jerome. He's staying here. They're looking at the Vosburgh as a possibility. He came back out of the Jerome really good and he's confident in himself now."The $500,000 Vosburgh (gr. I), which will be run at 6 ½ furlongs this year, is part of the September 27th Jockey Club Gold Cup card.Gander was very impressive, holding on for neck victory over Free of Love. It was only his fifth start this year and his first win since an optional claiming race at Gulfstream March 21."He had pretty bad stifle problems since we got back from Florida this spring," Terranova said. "At Saratoga this summer, it just seemed like he was doing better and better and really confident in himself. We did some ultrasound and massaging at Saratoga. He jogged a lot to build up the ligaments and muscles around there. One more race and we're going to put him away for the rest of the year. I don't believe he's lost a step at all."