07/21/2005 12:00AM

Bravo fractures collarbone


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Leading rider Joe Bravo fractured his collarbone in a seventh-race spill Thursday at Monmouth Park, according to Dr. Angelo Chinnici, the track's medical director.

"He has a fractured left clavicle," said Chinnici. "He was complaining of shortness of breath, but we were able to rule out a punctured lung, which is common with a clavicle fracture.

"He'll now have X-rays on his upper and lower back and we should know more definitively either later tonight or by the morning."

Bravo, 33, went down in a chain-reaction incident a furlong from the finish. It started when N'Bearsohmy, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, came out and pushed Dice in a Vice, with apprentice Erick Ramirez aboard, into the path of Maid of Sunlight and Bravo.

Maid of Sunlight ran up the heels of Dice in a Vice and tumbled to the track, and Bravo fell hard. The Truth Detector, with Eddie King up, managed to hurdle the fallen horse and rider, and Maid of Sunlight got back up and ran off, apparently uninjured.

N'Bearsohmy finished second but was disqualified to last.

Bravo, cruising toward an 11th Monmouth title, has battled injuries in recent seasons. He missed half of the 2001 Monmouth season with a broken leg and most of 2002 with a broken wrist. In 2003, he chipped a vertebra on opening night of the Meadowlands meet which sidelined him two months.

Weight shift a factor in Fowler

The Gilded Time Stakes on June 25 at Monmouth Park produced a thrilling blanket finish, with a neck and a nose separating the first three finishers. Now that trio - Concorde's Edge, Silver Moose, and Yes Yes Yes - will reprise the showdown in Saturday's $55,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes for 3-year-olds.

The speedy Concorde's Edge scored a narrow decision in the Gilded Time and remains the horse to catch when he faces seven rivals in Saturday's five-furlong turf dash.

Trained by Stanley Hough, Concorde's Edge is quick out of the gate, as he demonstrated by winning the Gilded Time in his turf debut. He drifted in the final stages but dug in to record his second straight victory.

is also very fast. The final clocking was 55.17 seconds over a very firm course.

With the Gilded Time win, Concorde's Edge picks up seven pounds to 122 for the Fowler. The other runners all carry 115. Given the tight finish last time, the added pounds could be a factor.

"That weight could help us out," said Eddie Broome, trainer of Gilded Time runner-up . "That will give us a better chance."

Course conditions could also play into Silver Moose's strength as a stalker. The Monmouth area has gotten a lot of rain since the Gilded Time, so the turf figures to be softer for the Fowler.

"That could also help us if the speed backs up a little bit," Broome said.

made his grass debut in the Gilded Time for trainer Todd Pletcher. The near miss was an encouraging effort following a 25-length loss in his previous race.

"He ran really well," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "He came down from Todd's Saratoga barn, and he stayed here so he could try it again."

Diamond Wildcat, the fourth-place finisher in the Gilded Time, is also back for another try.

is a new face in the race. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas switched him to turf sprints three starts back with improved results.

* Apprentice jockey Stacy Podobinski got her fifth career win in the first race Thursday aboard Fabio ($3.80). Reaching that level reduced her weight allowance by three pounds to seven.