12/15/2001 12:00AM

Amelia gets up in Genter


MIAMI - Take her to the outside and hope she gets up in time. That was the strategy trainer Shug McGaughey laid out for Amelia in Saturday's $100,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes, and his plan worked to perfection as the late-striding filly raced wide off the final turn and ran down the leaders. She outfinished a hedge-hugging Sara's Success by a neck in the 7 1/2-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Amelia ran into traffic problems when she finished fourth, beaten less than a length, in a division of Belmont's Pebbles Stakes in her only previous stakes appearance. But Amelia, a daughter of Dixieland Band and Aquilegia, didn't have a straw in her path under jockey Javier Castellano on Saturday.

Ing Ing, the 6-5 favorite, loomed boldly at midstretch but could not sustain her bid and finished another half-length back in third.

Amelia, who is owned by Helen Alexander, Helen Groves, and Dorothy Matz, paid $14.60. She covered the distance in 1:28.56 over a firm course.

"The idea was to get her to the outside today," said McGaughey. "She really wants to go longer, and in time I think she's going to be a real nice filly. I'll send her to Payson Park and give her a little time off now. She probably won't run again until the end of the Gulfstream Park meet."

Fappie's Notebook flaunts speed

Jockey Jorge Chavez employed an unusual strategy aboard Fappie's Notebook, usually a late-runner, in Saturday's $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap for older horses. Chavez sent Fappie's Notebook to the lead after the opening furlong of the seven-furlong race, and Fappie's Notebook went on to a 1 1/2-length decision over Kiss a Native.

Fappie's Notebook rallied from last under Chavez, more than a dozen lengths off the lead, to win the Smile Sprint Handicap here two months ago. But in the Noe he shook free on the turn and held off Kiss a Native.

Kiss a Native, who trailed the field down the backstretch, finished three lengths clear of Dancing Guy for second.

Fappie's Notebook returned $4.80 as the favorite in a field of six. His final time was 1:23.31 over a fast track.

"I knew he'd be laying closer than usual because there wasn't any real speed in there," said Manny Tortora, who trains Fappie's Notebook for owner-breeders Marjorie and Irv Cowan. "But when I saw him in front after a half-mile I said, 'Oh my.' "