NEW YORK -- It was Bull Outofthe money.
Florida Derby winner Bull Inthe Heather had an inauspicious turf debut yesterday, finishing a dull fourth in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the grass at Belmont. Trainer Howie Tesher declared after the race that Bull Inthe Heather would not start in the June 5 Belmont Stakes.
"You can't run him in the Belmont now, not off two bad races in a row," said Tesher, who was referring to the colt's 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
Bull Inthe Heather showed far more speed than normal, dropped back under jockey Wigberto Ramos and finally made a mild run at the end. It was a peculiar ride.
"He can't run like that," said Tesher. "I never wanted him that close. I was hoping he'd relax and make a good run at the end."
Bull Inthe Heather was beaten by 5 3/4 lengths. The race was won by the Bill Mott-trained Namaqualand, who was competitive in stakes company in Europe last year.
Alydeed, the highweight for Monday's Met Mile at 124 pounds, drilled five furlongs in :58 2/5 yesterday at Woodbine, his home base. With jockey Don Seymour aboard, he flew through the first three furlongs in :33 4/5.
"I don't know if I'm ready for Monday's race, but after this work I sure know Alydeed is," said trainer Roger Attfield. "It was just a super work."
Confirmed starters for the Met Mile include Alydeed, Bertrando, Ibero, Fly So Free, Furiously, Delafield, Loach and England Expects, who gets in with 105 pounds.
Tomorrow's stakes is the $75,000 Roseben, which drew a field of six.
The field consists of Codys Key, Now Listen, Majesterian, Shuttleman, Slerp and Sunnybutcold.
* Trainer Ron McAnally is debating other options for Eclipse Award winner Paseana, who had been pointing for the June 12 Hempstead Handicap at Belmont. McAnally also is considering the Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park and will wait to make a decision until the weights are out for the Hempstead.
* Classy Mirage took another step toward possible stardom yesterday at Belmont with a brilliant win over Missed the Storm in a four-horse allowance race.
The two fillies turned it into a match race shortly after the start, but Missed the Storm proved to be no match at the end. Julie Krone allowed Classy Mirage to gallop along and she easily pulled away from her rival to win by five lengths. She completed the 6 1/2 -furlong race in 1:15 4/5.