06/03/2005 11:00PM

Bayou Breeze by a nose

Bill Denver/Equi-Photo
Bayou Breeze (right), Aaron Gryder up, outduels heavy favorite Sense of Style by a nose in Saturday's Revidere Stakes at Monmouth.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Bayou Breeze overcame a stumble at the break and outdueled the heavily favored Sense of Style by a nose to win the $60,000 Revidere Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Sense of Style, who went off at 3-5, was the center of attention in the mile and 70-yard race for 3-year-old fillies over a muddy track, her first start since finishing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in October.

Sense of Style had a substantial class edge over her four Revidere rivals, all of whom were running in their first stakes. Sense of Style's lengthy layoff because of a chipped ankle, however, turned into the equalizer.

"She fought hard, and she just tired a little bit in the last 15 yards," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "We're proud of her."

Sense of Style got away last but was not content with that position. Jockey Joe Bravo angled Sense of Style to the outside down the backstretch, and Sense of Style quickly advanced to join Smokestack and Bayou Breeze in a three-way battle for the lead. The trio raced together rounding the final turn, with Smokestack on the

inside and Bayou Breeze in the middle. Smokestack hung in gamely until the final stages, when it became a fierce two-horse battle.

Sense of Style kept pressing, but a determined Bayou Breeze would not surrender. Smokestack was third. Bayou Breeze ($8.60) finished the race in 1:42.59.

Aaron Gryder was aboard the winner for the first time and said he benefited from an earlier phone conversation with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey Richard Migliore, who has experience on Bayou Breeze. "He told me to start riding her going into the turn and that she can sustain a long drive," said Gryder of Migliore.

Biancone said the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont on June 25 would be the next target for Sense of Style.

Bayou Breeze improved her record to 3-3-0 in seven starts. The victory was the third in the last four races for the Stronach Stables runner.

- Travelator ($5.80) circled into contention on the turn and stormed down the center of the track to win the $55,000 Candy Eclair Stakes with Chris DeCarlo aboard.

Platinum Perfect was second by three-quarters of a length, and She is Raging was third in the five-furlong off-the-turf stakes for fillies and mares.

Travelator, trained by Stanley Hough, improved her mark to 4-1-2 in seven wet-track races. The winning time was 57.24.

- Joe Bravo rode four winners on the card: Career Oriented ($3.80) in the third, Grand Gala ($5.80) in the sixth, Aesculus ($4) in the seventh, and Special Judge ($9.40) in the eighth.