Ami’s Flatter faces dozen in Bold Ruler
By David Grening
ELMONT, N.Y. – The Canadian-based trainer Josie Carroll has made only two trips to Belmont Park in her career and doesn’t have fond memories of either one. She hopes for a different type of experience when she sends out Ami’s Flatter here in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler.
Ami’s Flatter will be Carroll’s third starter at Belmont. In 2001, Mapp Hill finished seventh in the Grade 3 Flash Stakes. Earlier this year, Ami’s Flatter ran fifth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, 16 3/4 lengths behind the runaway winner, Frosted.
“I wasn’t terribly happy with that race,” Carroll said Wednesday. “He got himself out of position, kind of stopped and started a couple of times. I think he’s a better horse than what he showed in that race.”
Ami’s Flatter came out of the Met Mile to run fifth in the Grade 2 Play the King at Woodbine on turf. Most recently, he finished third behind top Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender A. P. Indian in the Grade 2 Phoenix at six furlongs at Keeneland.
“We were so happy with his run in the Phoenix, and that was a race that was a little short for him,” Carroll said.
Ami’s Flatter, who will be ridden by John Velazquez, drew post 8 in a 13-horse field entered Wednesday for the Bold Ruler, which could be used as a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 26.
Stallwalkin’ Dude, coming out of a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh, is the 121-pound highweight in the Bold Ruler. He drew post 6. The 3-year-old Economic Model, the runner-up in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 27, drew post 4.
The others entered are Green Gratto, Threefiveindia, Gentrify, Mylute, Liberty Holiday, Dannie’s Deceiver, Cadeyrn, Farhaan, Face of Winner, and Touchofstarquality.
Innovative Idea’s tour of North America makes a stop at Belmont Park on Saturday, when the stakes-winning 4-year-old filly runs in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Innovative Idea, a daughter of Bernardini trained by Eoin Harty for Godolphin Racing, has raced this year at Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, Arlington Park, Prairie Meadows, Ellis Park, and, most recently, Churchill Downs.
Innovative Idea won the Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows and the Grade 3 Groupie Doll at Ellis Park. She finished third in the Grade 3 Locust Grove on a muddy Churchill strip.
Innovative Idea looks like one of the main speed horses in a field of seven entered Wednesday for the Turnback the Alarm. Her opponents include Eskenformoney, Flora Dora, Rachel’s Temper, the 3-year- old Lewis Bay, and the Gustavo Delgado-trained uncoupled entry of Linda Mimi and Smartly Agree.
Bonus Points recorded his only victory in an off-the-turf maiden race at Belmont on Oct. 1. But he will be headed back to the turf in Saturday’s $100,000 Awad Stakes for 2-year-old males at a mile.
Bonus Points, trained by Todd Pletcher, debuted on turf, running fourth behind Oscar Performance, who came back to win the Pilgrim Stakes. While Bonus Points was beaten a total of 11 1/4 lengths in his debut, he was beaten only a length for second.
“He ran pretty well first time out, better than it looks,” Pletcher said.
Bonus Points drew post 3 in a nine-horse field and will be ridden by John Velazquez. Also in the field are Bookew Bucks, D’yer Maker, Frostmourne, Harlan’s Harmony, Heaven Is Waiting, Hot and Heavy, Royal by Nature, and Undulated.
Ami’s Flatter most recently was third in the Grade 2 Phoenix.