09/21/2006 12:00AM

Actin Good brings credentials to futurity


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer and co-owner Bobby Dibona has high hopes for Actin Good in the colt division of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors Futurity on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

This is the second year Monmouth hosts the colt and filly divisions, each worth $200,000. The six-furlong stakes are restricted to horses that were cataloged in a 2-year-old sale this year and whose consignor paid a fee to the NATC advertising fund.

Having a juvenile with promise is an exciting prospect for Dibona in his first summer at Monmouth.

"He's the first 2-year-old I ever had," Dibona said of Actin Good. "I came up on a bunch of crippled horses in New England. To even have a chance to have a horse like this to talk about, is very special."

Actin Good is one of the most accomplished horses in the race.

After debuting with a third at Churchill Downs in May, Actin Good won his maiden in his Monmouth debut on July 4.

He has run in three straight stakes since. His first was a runner-up finish in Monmouth's Tyro Stakes. Next, he went to Saratoga and ran fourth in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special.

Back at Monmouth, Actin Good lost by only three-quarters of a length when second in the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes, despite some bumping in the stretch.

"He's caught some really tough horses and he hasn't had the best trips," Dibona said. "I'm not making excuses for him, but I'm looking for a clean shot. This should be a softer field."

Actin Good might get a chance to face the best in the division if he runs well Saturday, because Dibona thinks the colt might be good enough to compete in the Breeders' Cup - even though Actin Good has not raced beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

"I don't like to look ahead too much, but I really think this is a serious horse," Dibona said. "He might earn a trip to the Breeders' Cup. We'd have to see an impressive performance, but I think he's dying to go two turns."

Although Tactical Weapon finished ninth in his one start, which came at Arlington Park, trainer Ronny Werner thinks he deserves a chance in the NATC and shipped him here.

"Things got a little tight," Werner said. "Some of those races you have to throw out and take a shot."

Chagall dropping from graded stakes

In the filly division, Chagall finds an easier spot after running in a pair of graded stakes. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she made her first two starts at Churchill Downs, winning first time out, then losing the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes by a neck.

Her only other start came at Saratoga and she was bumped at the start before jumping into the pace in the Grade 2 Adirondack Breeders' Cup Stakes, finishing sixth.

Cat on a Cloud won her only start, a 4 3/4-length victory at Ellis Park.

"What I was most impressed with her first out was that she was very professional," said Werner, who trains Cat on a Cloud. "She was very good in the paddock, great in the post parade. Even after a race, a lot of times your babies get stirred up, but she was like an old pro."

Dream Lady well-rested for Omnibus

Dream Lady returns Saturday from a three-month layoff for the $65,000 Omnibus Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Last time out, she set a suicidal pace in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Stakes at Hollywood Park for trainer Bobby Frankel.

"She was cooked after that and Bobby had to give her a lot of time to recover," said assistant trainer Chad Brown.