07/03/2002 11:00PM

Another dangerous Walden shipper


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Without a true standout in Saturday's $50,000 Twin Lights Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park, there are a number of interesting betting angles in the wide-open nine-horse field.

Trainer Elliott Walden doesn't ship to Monmouth often from his Churchill Downs base, but when he does, his horses must be respected. Bells for Marlin started her career in Europe last year, and after some good performances on the dirt in this country to start the year, Walden has moved her back to the turf. In two grass starts in the U.S., she has run fourth in an allowance and most recently was beaten a nose in a two-other-than allowance at Churchill Downs on June 5. Bells for Marlin seems to prefer longer distances, and should benefit from the nine-furlong Twin Lights distance.

Pat Day has ridden her in the last two starts, and retains the mount Saturday since he will be here to ride With Anticipation in the featured United Nations.

The pace should be hot in the Twin Lights, since Katie Kreitz, Magnet, first-time turf starter Willie's Luv, and Smokeumifyougotem all seem to need the front. If that's the case, Once Around will be strong to pair up her second Monmouth stakes win.

Once Around, trained by Vicki Oliver, has two career wins - both in turf stakes at Monmouth. She won the Junior Champion Stakes in her first grass appearance last year, and after battling in tough company in Kentucky last fall and at the start of this year, she dropped back in to win the $50,000 Revidere Stakes on May 25. Once Around was charging late in that race and would really benefit from a quick pace and a similar trip under new jockey Carlos Cruz. She has been rested more than a month since the Revidere victory and should be geared up for another solid race.

An up-and-coming filly on the grass may be Roses for Ruby. She is 2 for 2 on the turf and was a convincing winner of a Delaware allowance May 29 in her last start. Leading rider Eibar Coa rode her when she won her maiden on the turf at Gulfstream Park on March 14 and he reunites with Roses for Ruby on Saturday.

Key Lory misses U.N. with injury

Local favorite Key Lory was slated to start in the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations Handicap on Saturday, but he was taken out of the race Thursday morning before entries closed because a foot problem.

Trainer Dennis Manning said Key Lory suffered a stone bruise while training and they had been working on it throughout the week, but it got worse in the days before the race and prevented him from starting. Key Lory, a two-time Grade 3 winner here, was set to extend his four-race undefeated winning streak on the turf in the United Nations, his biggest race to date.

Salvator next for Tempest Fugit

Tempest Fugit, winner of the off-the-turf Oceanport Handicap in his last start, may make his next start in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile on July 27, trainer Jason Servis said.

Tempest Fugit was claimed two starts back for $75,000 by owner Dennis Drazin and has returned instant dividends for his connections. He ran second in the $50,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes to 2001 Salvator winner Sea of Tranquility and then returned to easily win the Oceanport over two others when that race was rained off the turf.

Sea of Tranquility is also pointing to the Salvator and a rematch could await the two in that race.

* Valid Video, the quickest 2-year-old juvenile winner of the meet, will train right up to the Grade 3, $100,000 Sapling on Aug. 10, Manning said. Valid Video recorded a 93 Beyer Speed Figure when he won his careeer debut June 14, recording five furlongs over a sloppy track in 57.11 seconds.

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