09/30/2004 12:00AM

Amoss is golden at Pimlico


Kentucky-based trainer Tom Amoss doesn't ship to Pimlico for a stakes race very often. But when he does, his horses are always well meant.

Amoss, who has 2 wins and 3 thirds with the six stakes horses he has saddled at Pimlico since 1998, figures to have a big shot with Gilded Gold in Saturday's $150,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup. The Grade 3 race, contested at six furlongs, drew a field of seven 3-year-old fillies.

Gilded Gold, who will be ridden by Ryan Fogelsonger, is a nose shy of bringing a four-race winning streak into the Safely Kept. In her lone previous stakes appearance, Gilded Gold lost a head bob to Baldomera in an overnight stakes at Delaware Park in August.

Despite her credentials, Gilded Gold probably won't be favored in the Safely Kept, thanks to the presence of Smokey Glacken. A New York-based filly trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Smokey Glacken has won 5 of 7 starts, including the Grade 3 Valley Stream at Aqueduct last fall and the Victory Ride at Saratoga in her most recent start.

For those looking for a price, Liz on Polk Street and Bending Strings are two viable alternatives.

Liz on Polk Street battled Gilded Gold for five furlongs in her most recent start at Arlington Park before settling for second, beaten two lengths.

Bending Strings, a Grade 2 winner sprinting in the spring, will attempt to cut back from 1 1/8 miles after flashing speed and tiring in the Grade 1 Gazelle, her first start off a layoff.