01/25/2005 1:00AM

Albarado rides 1,000th local winner

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Wooden Phone's comeback ended Sunday as an injury reoccurred. He's going off to the farm.

NEW ORLEANS - Robby Albarado became only the third jockey to win 1,000 races at Fair Grounds when he rode No Cash to victory on Monday for trainer Dallas Stewart in the second race on the card.

Albarado broke No Cash well from the gate, grabbed inside position from Maid Guinevere, and kept the 3-year-old filly to her task to win by three lengths.

"That was an easy one," said Albarado, a 31-year-old native of Lafayette, La. "Dallas had the filly placed in the right spot, and all I had to do was ride her."

Albarado, a five-time riding champion at Fair Grounds, is well on his way to a sixth title. The victory was his 57th of the 82-day meet, which is nearing the halfway point.

"I've been healthy," he said, "and I'm working with some great trainers - Dallas, Neil Howard, Tom Amoss - who are putting the horses in the right spots."

Albarado's favorite win was on Kimberlite Pipe in the 1999 Louisiana Derby.

"That was really exciting, winning the Louisiana Derby here at home, with all my family here," he said.

Albarado joins Ron Ardoin [1,691] and Eddie Martin Jr. [1,048] in the 1,000-victory club at Fair Grounds.

"Those are two great jockeys to be associated with," Albarado said.

Over the Border has bright future

Trainer Rebecca Maker, who has one of the hottest stables going at Fair Grounds now, sent out the good-looking 3-year-old filly Over the Border to win Sunday's sixth race. She beat some talented fillies, including first-time starters from trainers Howard, Stewart, and Steve Asmussen. Corey Lanerie had Over the Border well-placed from her inside post, then moved her between horses through the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths, getting the six furlongs in 1:11.50.

"She was very impressive," said Maker. "I ran her at six furlongs because I knew she had enough speed, but I think she's going to be a two-turn filly. She's very intelligent, and she's done everything we've asked of her. She acts like an older horse."

Maker has no particular spot in mind for Over the Border, a daughter of Wagon Limit, but clearly has high hopes for her future.

"We're going to wait and see how she comes back after that race before we make any plans with her," said Maker. "She's a nice filly, but she still needs to develop."

Monkey Hill impressive; Wooden Phone pulls up

Monkey Hill was extremely game in victory in Sunday's feature race, a six-furlong optional claimer for 4-year-olds and up, in which Wooden Phone made his comeback from a 17-month layoff.

Monkey Hill, with Albarado in the irons, gradually wore down pacesetting Crafty Cammack, then surged again in deep stretch after being caught by Stanislas to win by a nose in a rousing finish.

"That was the best kind of race to win and the toughest kind to lose," said Amoss, who trains Monkey Hill. "We know it was a competitive race, but Monkey Hill is a competitive horse. He finished very strongly, and he had a strong finishing rider on him."

Meanwhile, Wooden Phone's comeback lasted about 300 yards before the 8-year-old pulled up lame. Wooden Phone, sent off as the 4-1 fourth choice in the betting, broke with the field but started bearing out down the backstretch and pulled himself up, throwing his head back as the effects of the tendon injury he suffered in August 2003 returned to haunt him. He was in for a $40,000 claiming tag but no claim was made.

"He re-bowed," said Jill Parrott, assistant trainer to Troy Calhoun. "He was doing well in his workouts, so we were very disappointed."

Parrott's eyes began to redden, but she held back the tears.

"He's going to go back to the farm," she said. "He'll have a nice life."

Loose horses mar Sunday's fourth race

Two separate incidents caused the start of Sunday's fourth race, a route for fillies and mares, to be delayed 15 minutes and forced the late scratches of two of the favorites. The horses lined up in the gate three separate times before the race finally was run.

First, the Gamaliel Vazquez-trained Unbridled Approval broke through the gate, unseating John Jacinto, and ran off. Stewards ordered the horse scratched. They lined up again and co-favorite Freddie's Folly reared in the gate, dumping Carlos Marquez Jr., and got caught under the gate. When she was extricated, she bolted off and was ordered scratched as well.

The race finally went off with five instead of the originally scheduled seven starters, while Jacinto and Marquez watched from the crest of the turf course. Fancy Forum won the race by eight lengths.