09/24/2002 11:00PM

Bergen rivals get rematch


Four $50,000 stakes are part of Friday's card at The Meadowlands, which features the $350,000 Pegasus Handicap for 3-year-olds.

The $50,000 Long Look, a 1 1/16-mile dirt race for fillies and mares, failed to draw a sufficient number of runners and was eliminated from the card.

One of the stronger undercard stakes is the Matt Scudder for 3-year-old sprinters.

Six entered the six-furlong race. The main contenders, Second Collection and Our Wildcat, last ran in the Bergen Stakes at The Meadowlands on Sept. 7.

Second Collection was undefeated in his first four races before finishing second as the favorite in the Bergen County.

A New Jersey-bred son of Evening Kris, Second Collection was beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Outstander in the six-furlong Bergen County after coming with a five-wide move into the stretch.

Trained by Timothy Hills, Second Collection drew post 6 and will be ridden by Eibar Coa.

Our Wildcat finished third in the Bergen County after chasing a strong early pace. In 10 lifetime starts, Our Wildcat has never finished worse than fourth. One of his five wins came over a muddy track, a likely scenario on Friday.

Jose Velez Jr. rides Our Wildcat, who drew post 3.

New England shippers Method Man and Gold I.D., are in top form. Method Man is a winner of his last two, including the Manchester Stakes on Aug. 31. Trained by Lori Lockhart, Method Man returned and won a money allowance race on Sept. 13. By finishing second in the Manchester, Gold I.D. had a four-race winning streak that dated back to July 10 come to an end.

New York-bred Smokieisabandit drops back in distance after finishing fourth in the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 27.

Final Table finished a well-beaten fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Paterson in the slop on Sept. 2. One of Final Table's best races came last year at The Meadowlands when he won the Comet Stakes over Boston Common, who has become a solid stakes sprinter.

Also on the card is the William Livingston, a grass sprint for 3-year-olds-and-up; the Miss Liberty, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies; and the World Appeal for 2-year-olds on the grass.