10/23/2005 11:00PM

BC Juv. Fillies: Along the Sea, blinkers on, bears good news


ELMONT, N.Y. - As Hurricane Wilma was blowing through south Florida on Monday morning, causing damage to his home and keeping him away from his Calder barn, trainer Ralph Ziadie was in need of some good news.

He got it in the form of Along the Sea, who gave Ziadie and his New York assistants reason to believe she could be a factor in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a solid half-mile workout Monday at Belmont Park.

Equipped with blinkers, which she will wear for the first time in a race in the Juvenile Fillies, Along the Sea worked four furlongs in 47.87 seconds over the Belmont main track, and galloped out very strongly. Though she worked by herself, Along the Sea drew away from Distaff contender Sweet Symphony and her workmate - who had begun a five-furlong workout behind Along the Sea - when they came to her.

"She looks like she's more focused, more serious," exercise rider Gaby Carmone said regarding the addition of blinkers. "We hope she'll run better than she ran before."

Asked about the oncoming duo of Sweet Symphony and her workmate, Carmone said, "I saw them coming. The filly by herself took off."

Carmone said Along the Sea began galloping in blinkers last week. Ziadie said it was jockey Javier Castellano who suggested adding blinkers following Along the Sea's second-place finish behind Adieu in the Grade 1 Frizette on Oct. 8. Along the Sea was running with Adieu from the half-mile pole to the eighth pole, but was unable to go on with that rival in deep stretch.

"He thought she wouldn't go by that horse," Ziadie said from south Florida. "I thought she ran super. I was very encouraged. The extra sixteenth is going to help her.''

Ziadie, who lives in Miramar, Fla., said he just hopes he can make it to New York for the race. His house received some damage from Hurricane Wilma.

"We lost tiles off of the roof, our fence has blown down, and my satellite is out," Ziadie said. "My problem is whether I even can get there by Saturday."

The horse Along the Sea and everybody else has to beat in the Juvenile Fillies is Adieu, who has won 4 of 5 starts, including two stakes at Belmont. On Monday, Adieu worked five furlongs in 1:01.83, according to Daily Racing Form. She worked in company with the 2-year-old colt Bluegrass Cat.

"I thought Adieu worked really well, because she's not a real strong work horse," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "I thought she was up in the bridle the whole way."

Also working at Belmont Monday was Frizette third-place finisher Keeneland Kat, who breezed three furlongs in 37.54 seconds.

On Sunday, Wild Fit, the Del Mar Debutante winner, worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 at Santa Anita. Trainer Jeff Mullins said he has turned up the training on Wild Fit "pretty hard" since Diamond Omi beat her in the Oak Leaf.

Wild Fit was due to arrive in New York on Tuesday. Knights Templar, the Mazarine winner, arrived Monday from Woodbine.

Barring any defections, a field of 12 is expected to pass through the entry box Wednesday. With riders, the field is, Adieu (John Velazquez), Along the Sea (Javier Castellano), Diamond Omi (Victor Espinoza), Ex Caelis (Rafael Bejarano), Folklore (Edgar Prado), Keeneland Kat (Joe Bravo), Knights Templar (Gary Stevens), Miss Norman (Pablo Morales), Original Spin (Jerry Bailey), Sensation (Eibar Coa), She Says It Best (Eddie Martin), and Wild Fit (Alex Solis).