Dont look now but New York-breds are still getting it done in open company, and one of them, Giant Moon, might just have taken a few of baby steps toward that big dance the city of Louisville hosts each year in early May.

Giant Moon kept his undefeated record in tact with a fourth consecutive score, only this time, in open company, only this time, from a stalking position and not on the lead. Or maybe it doesnt matter at all because he, like Sinatra, has to do it his way.

He does as little as he has to, said winning rider Ramon Dominguez. Ramon said he feels like hes falling asleep on you going down the backside, trainer Rick Schosberg explained further. But once he gets a little tap, he takes off. He does the same thing in the mornings, which is not a bad thing. But wed like to get it under control.

Sounds like Schosberg doesnt appreciate the pins and needles he sits on while he watches his undefeated colt race. Last time, the colt won by setting a soft early pace stalked by Spanky Fischbein, and won the eyeball battle with him through the stretch.

Saturday, it was Spankys turn to set a soft early pace while Giant Moon stalked him. Different strategy; same result.

The two were on even terms approaching the final sixteenth when Giant Moon surged to win by a narrow margin in 1:41.14 for the mile and 70 yards while spotting Spanky four pounds, 120 to 116.

I thought I had Giant Moon for a second, but hes a pretty good grinder, said Mike Luzzi of the runnerup. Hopefully, well get to meet Giant Moon again.

Careful what you wish for.

Schosberg said he might go for the colts fifth straight in the Whirlaway on Feb. 2 or await the heavy heads in the always competitive Gotham, Mar. 8.

This was a little closer than we like to do it, said Schosberg of the recent time between starts leading up to the Count Fleet.

Perhaps Schosberg should be careful what he wishes for, too. The Gotham usually is run at faster than a 12-clip all the way around, and a mile and a sixteenth is a little more demanding.

But if you train racehorses for a living, including young ones who learn their lessons willfully and at their own pace, you cant help but dream a little. For its not every day you saddle an undefeated three-year-old, even this early in the year.