Saratoga Notebook: Easyfromthegitgo May Be Jim Dandy; Lido Palace Shows Speed; Godolphin Juvenile Update; Whywhywhy?

The way trainer Steve Asmussen describes it, Iowa Derby winner Easyfromthegitgo is looking more and more like a Jim Dandy

However, Asmussen said Friday he hasn't settled on where the Dehere colt will run next.

"His possibilities are obviously the Jim Dandy, the Haskell or the West Virginia Derby," Asmussen said.

"I've been talking with the owners. After the Iowa Derby, I thought the most likely race was probably going to be the West Virginia Derby. But the horse is doing really well and with everything that has changed, as in all the deletions from the 3-year-old group, it's impossible not to acknowledge that."

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem is skipping the Haskell Invitational and staying in California and Sunday Break will miss the Haskell with an injury.

Easyfromthegitgo shipped to Saratoga with Asmussen's 24-horse stable. He breezed five furlongs Monday in 1:02 1/5.

"I like how he's going here. He worked really good on Monday," Asmussen said. "So the Jim Dandy becomes extremely appealing to me because I wouldn't have to move him. We do have the Travers to think about and it will be won by a 3-year-old."

Lido Palace Zips Toward Whitney
Lido Palace fired a bullet his return to the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 3, breezing five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.45. It was the fastest of 25 works at the distance.

Exercise rider Rudy Rodriguez handled the 5-year-old for trainer Bobby Frankel, who was satisfied with what he saw.

"He went well, Frankel said. "I told him to go to in a minute, but it looked like to me that he was going faster, so I assume that the track is not that fast. But he went fine."

The Whitney may have the strongest field of handicap horses assembled this year with Street Cry, Lido Palace, Macho Uno, Left Bank and Unshaded considered likely starters.

Lido Palace stepped to the front of the handicap division last summer with his victory in the Whitney. In his first start off a layoff, he finished second to E Dubai in the Suburban Handicap.

Godolphin Sends in the 2-Year-Olds
Street Cry and Godolphin's other stakes horses are still based at Belmont Park under the direction of assistant trainer Tom Albertrani. Godolphin has four horses in Saratoga.

Trainer Eoin Harty has sent four of his Godolphin 2-year-olds to Saratoga this summer. It will be another week before any of them runs, said Harty's assistant, William Balding. The first starter may be the homebred Capote colt Valiant Edge.

Whywhywhy, Zavata to Stay Apart
Sanford winner Whywhywhy came of the race in good shape, trainer Patrick Biancone said Friday morning. Whywhywhy made a last-to-first move in the first stake for 2-year-old colts at the track.

"At the start, I was very concerned he was bumped," Biancone said. "But I was feeling good when I saw the first fraction, 21 3/5. I said, `We may a chance to come back.' He just came back."

Whywhywhy has had trouble in both of his stakes wins. There was a spill in the Flash Stakes, then the tardy start in the Sanford.

"Good horses overcome everything," Biancone said. "They overcome trainer mistakes. They overcome jockey mistakes. They overcome the incidents in races. It's just a question of class. That's what he has."

Whywhywhy definitely will not run in the Saratoga Special on Aug. 14. The race will be the next start for stablemate Zavata, winner of the Tremont. Biancone said he will keep the colts apart.

"I would try to avoid disappointing one of them," he said. "So far, I think we're fortunate to have two exceptional 2-year-olds and I don't like to run one against the other."