10/30/2002 12:00AM

Added Edge blows in from Canada


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Added Edge could have been entered in last week's Breeders' Cup Juvenile and nobody could have said he didn't belong. But on the day the Juvenile was being run at Arlington Park, Added Edge was on a van from Woodbine to Aqueduct, where he will be among the favorites for this Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Nashua Stakes.

A son of Smart Strike, Added Edge is 3 for 3, including a 4 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 22. Trainer Mark Casse said he and owners Team Valor Stable and Richard Wilson felt it best not to rush Added Edge and thought the one-turn mile Nashua was a logical progression.

"The mile, the Grade 3, and we also thought it was a good spot because nobody's run over the track, nobody has the home-field advantage," Casse said when asked why he chose the Nashua.

Despite racing exclusively in Canada, Added Edge has faced some talented horses, Casse said. Snake Pit, the horse Added Edge defeated in his maiden race, recently won the $125,000 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine. Whispered Warning, the third-place finisher in the Swynford, came back to win an entry-level allowance.

Moreover, Casse said that Added Edge outworked his 3-year-old stablemate David's Expectation, a stakes-placed colt, in a six-furlong move in 1:14 at Woodbine on Oct. 20.

On Monday, Added Edge worked an easy five furlongs in 1:03 at Aqueduct. Patrick Husbands, the regular rider, will come down for the mount.

Buenos Dias headed to Nuevo York

With about five weeks left in the turf season, Maryland-based trainer Larry Murray has probably one more chance to run his trio of veteran turf warriors: Buenos Dias, Certantee, and La Reine's Terms. The three have combined to win 9 of 14 starts, including seven stakes.

Two of the three will see action on Saturday, with La Reine's Terms in the $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne, and Buenos Dias in the $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct. Certantee will probably be seen later this month at Aqueduct in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap.

Buenos Dias, an 8-year-old gelded son of Mt. Livermore, has had myriad physical problems in his career. But with three wins and two seconds from five starts, he has banked one-third of his career earnings this year. Buenos Dias won minor stakes at Mountaineer and Pimlico and is coming off a second-place finish in the Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington on Sept. 29. Capsized, who finished fourth in that race, won the Steinlen Handicap at Arlington on Saturday.

According to Murray, Buenos Dias got sick after that race and missed a week of training. But, following a workout Sunday at Laurel, Murray said Buenos Dias "is sitting on ready."

Murray said Buenos Dias broke a sesamoid bone when he bolted in the first start of his career and was out for a year. Buenos Dias has had chronic ankle problems and had chips taken out of both ankles at the end of last year. He has been extremely consistent this year, earning Beyer Speed Figures of 94 in his first two starts and 97 in his last three.

"He acts like a 2-year-old," Murray said. "He raises more cane than any horse in the barn.''

Though he is 2 for 3 at nine furlongs, Buenos Dias has not raced at that distance since May 20, 2000, when he finished sixth in the Grade 2 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. In May 1999, Buenos Dias won back-to-back allowance races at nine furlongs at Pimlico.

Funny Cide eyes Laurel Futurity

If trainer Barclay Tagg gets his way, Funny Cide, the undefeated New York-bred juvenile, would make his next start in the $100,000 Laurel Futurity on Nov. 16. Tagg said he prefers the two-turn, 1 1/16-mile race at Laurel to the 1 1/8-mile Remsen at Aqueduct on Nov. 30 or the seven-furlong Great State Challenge Juvenile at Sam Houston on Dec. 7.

"It's the perfect race to get him going two turns on a nice, safe track," Tagg said. "Laurel is the best-maintained track in the world. If we're going to talk about the classics, it would be a nice step, and you'd be exactly two months away from the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream.''

Funny Cide, a gelded son of Distorted Humor, won his first two starts by a combined 23 1/4 lengths. He overcame a bit of trouble to win the Sleepy Hollow Stakes by a neck in his last start.

Tagg said that jockey Jose Santos "experimented with him and schooled him in the last race, which is the only reason he didn't run a brilliant race. I was happy with it as long as the outcome was what it was."

On Wednesday, Funny Cide was credited with a five-furlong workout in 1:03 over Belmont's main track. Tagg said it was designed to be a half-mile breeze, but Funny Cide left his accompanying pony well before the five-furlong pole.

"It was just a little something for him to do," Tagg said. "He's been a little too hard to manage lately. I wasn't going to work him till next Monday."

Anna Hollander critically hurt in spill

Anna Hollander, a popular free-lance exercise rider, remained listed in critical condition at North Shore Hospital on Wednesday as a result of a spill on Belmont's training track last Saturday.

Hollander, 39, underwent two operations, during which half of her pancreas was removed, according to friends. She was induced into a coma, but could come off of life support by Friday.

"The doctor told me that most people die from that injury," said Lisa Bartkowski, an exercise rider for Phil Serpe and a close friend of Hollander's. He said, "I'm guardedly optimistic things are going in the right direction.' "

According to Bartkowski, Hollander was jogging a horse of Ken McPeek's on the sloppy training track when the horse wheeled and unseated Hollander. That horse stepped on her in the abdominal area.

The spill came two days after Hollander finished second aboard Volley, a 30-1 shot, in an amateur riding race at The Meadowlands.

Hollander has worked for several top outfits, including those of D. Wayne Lukas and Bobby Frankel. Last year, she was the regular exercise rider of Squirtle Squirt, who was voted Sprint champion.