10/24/2009 11:00PM

Basic Trick seeks third straight


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Basic Trick, the old lady in the group at 5, puts a two-race winning streak on the line Monday at the Meadowlands in the $41,000 first-level allowance feature for fillies and mares.

Trained by the team of John Forbes and Pat McBurney, Basic Trick faces six rivals, aged 3 or 4, in the mile and 70-yard race. No rival comes close to Basic Trick's 23 career starts.

And she's never been better.

The two-race winning streak is a first for Basic Trick. She won New Jersey-bred allowances the last two times out and now steps out into open company.

The first race of the winning streak was a pleasant surprise, a commanding, pacesetting win at 13-1 following one of the worst efforts of her career.

She gained few believers following that victory, and gutted out another win at 10-1 last time out.

"We weren't sure why when she won the first one, and then she did it again," Forbes said. "She's on a roll. You just wonder how many good ones she can put together. Some of these mares get to the fall, and they get happy. It's hard to say what tipped the scale."

Channing Hill, aboard for the victories, has the return call.

Among the youngsters in the field, Morning Chatter and Perfect Wedding, both 3, are facing winners for the first time.

Morning Chatter returns following a lengthy layoff. A chestnut trained by Tom Albertrani, Morning Chatter has never been worse than third in three outings, including a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes as a maiden last fall at Aqueduct.

She got her first win next out, romping by 9 lengths at Aqueduct in January, her last start. Morning Chatter shows a string of steady works with Albertrani's Belmont division in preparation for the comeback.

Perfect Wedding has a win and a third in her two races, the maiden victory coming in mid-September at Monmouth Park for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. She was also entered in a turf allowance Saturday night at the Meadowlands, leaving her status for this race up in the air.

Basic Trick is one of three New Jersey-breds in the field. The other two, Say It With a Kiss and Myprincessallyson are both looking to rebound from last-place finishes. Say It With a Kiss, no factor last time out in her turf debut, could benefit from the switch back to dirt.