09/28/2001 12:00AM

Big-race mounts prompt Stevens to hit the road


ARCADIA, Calif. - Gary Stevens rides at Santa Anita on Sunday and Wednesday, but those may be his only appearances in California until after the Breeders' Cup is run at Belmont Park on

Oct. 27.

According to his agent, Tony Matos, Stevens is booked to ride at Keeneland and Belmont Park next weekend, and will remain at Belmont Park through the Breeders' Cup.

"We probably won't see California until after the Breeders' Cup," Matos said.

On Sunday, Stevens has three mounts at Santa Anita, including White Heart in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship and Imperial Gesture in the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes.

On Friday at Keeneland, Stevens rides Jilbab, a maiden winner at Arlington Park for Godolphin Racing, in the Alcibiades Stakes, and La Ronge in the Winstar Galaxy Stakes.

On Saturday at Belmont Park, Stevens has mounts on Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Gourmet Girl in the Beldame, and Bella Bellicci in the Frizette Stakes.

The following day, he is back at Keeneland to ride Brahms in the Shadwell Mile and Pompeii in the Spinster Stakes.

Matos said Stevens will resume riding in California at the end of October, in time for the final week of the Oak Tree meeting. Until then, the focus is on the Breeders' Cup.

"We are going back to California, but we're sitting pretty good right now," he said.

Blue Moon on rise

Blue Moon, the winner of a $49,000 allowance race on Thursday in her first start for trainer Ron Ellis, will run next in the $250,000 Las Palmas Handicap on Nov. 4.

A 4-year-old, Blue Moon ran a mile on turf in 1:34.36, winning by

2 1/2 lengths over So Wistfullee. Ridden by Brice Blanc, Blue Moon ($5.80) circled the field on the final turn and drew clear late.

"Brice rode a confident race," Ellis said. "She should be better the farther she goes."

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Blue Moon was a minor stakes winner in France and was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last October in her United States debut.

Moossa's Girl pulls upset

Blue Moon's allowance race was not the richest race on Thursday's program. In the following race, Moossa's Girl won the $100,000 fillies division of the California Sires Stakes.

Moossa's Girl ($16.60) ran seven furlongs in a slow 1:25.36, rallying from third to win by two lengths over Mama Mama, who finished a nose in front of Shaliki. Icantgoforthat, the

3-5 favorite, finished fourth in the field of six 2-year-old fillies after leading to the top of the stretch.

Moossa's Girl is owned by Ted Aroney, who had urged trainer Clifford Sise to pass a start at Fairplex Park in favor of Thursday's race. By Candi's Gold, Moossa's Girl won her first stakes in the Sires Stakes. Previously, she had one win in five starts, a $32,000 claiming race for maidens at Hollywood Park.

Better part of valor

Impressive Grades may have looked sharp winning a seven-furlong allowance race at 28-1 on Thursday, but trainer Howard Zucker said the performance does not justify a quick return in the $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 6.

"We're not crazy," Zucker said. "We'll sit back and enjoy this one. We'll probably find an overnight stakes or an allowance."

The same goes for runner-up I Love Silver, who missed by a neck as the 6-5 favorite. Trainer Dean Greenman said he would point I Love Silver for the Strub series at the Santa Anita winter meet.

As a result, Kona Gold, the champion 2000 sprinter, will have few opponents in the Ancient Title, a prep to the Breeders' Cup Sprint. As of Friday, Kona Gold's likely opponents in the six-furlong Ancient Title include Forest Camp, Freespool, and Lexicon.

Tiznow scaring 'em away

The other two Breeders' Cup preps at Santa Anita next weekend are not expected to have large fields.

The presence of Tiznow, the reigning Horse of the Year, should limit the field for the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 7. Tiznow won the Goodwood last year and then won the Breeders' Cup Classic. He is expected to face Skimming, the winner of the Pacific Classic, and Tribunal, who was third in the Santa Anita Handicap last March, as well as Irisheyesareflying.

Redattore, who won the Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar and was third in the Arlington Million, is the likely favorite in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 7.