06/19/2001 11:00PM

Bravo's back aboard Songandaprayer


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Joe Bravo, the leading jockey at Monmouth, is reuniting with Songandaprayer for the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup on July 4 at Monmouth Park.

The decision to name Bravo aboard Songandaprayer, winner of the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth, was announced Wednesday morning. Bravo, an eight-time leading rider here, rode the John Dowd-trained Songandaprayer in his maiden win here last year. Bravo has not been on the horse since.

Songandaprayer, a $1 million colt owned primarily by Bobby Hurley, has had three different jockeys - Aaron Gryder, Pat Day, and Edgar Prado - aboard him since his maiden win. Songandaprayer will be cutting back in distance in the six-furlong Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Sprint, a race in which he is likely to face Grade 1 winner City Zip.

"I'm very happy to be back on him," Bravo said. "It's like reuniting with an old racetrack buddy."

Bravo indicated he wanted to make sure he would be riding Songandaprayer for several races.

"I didn't want a one-race deal," he said. "I plan on riding him in the next three races that John Dowd has planned for him."

Bravo, has picked up where he left off at this meet, leading the jockey standings with

22 wins after the weekend. He is seeking his third straight title and ninth overall.

"Joe is having a successful meet," Dowd said, "so we decided to go with the top jockey here."

Stormy Pick points for Prioress

Stormy Pick, the Grade 3 Sorority winner here last year, vaulted from Monmouth standout to one of the top juvenile fillies on the East Coast with her breakout performance, winning the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga. Since then, she has run well in each of her starts, but has failed to return to the winner's circle.

Nevertheless, with a solid work regimen and some time off, Stormy Pick is geared for a successful summer campaign, with her next start coming in the six-furlong, Grade 1 Prioress on July 4 at Belmont. Stormy Pick worked out Wednesday, covering five furlongs in 1:00.80, the fastest workout of 35 horses over a fast strip. It was her second workout since a third-place finish in the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes on May 17 at Pimlico.

In her other 2001 start, Stormy Pick was second, beaten a neck in the Peach Blossom at Delaware on April 7. It was her first start since running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall.

"She ran real hard that day," trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said. "It was a tough race for her after a layoff, and may have taken a lot out of her."

After running in the Miss Preakness, Stormy Pick was given a rest. "It looked like she wasn't going forward after her last race," Perkins said. "So we gave her time off, and now she seems ready to run well."

If Stormy Pick, owned by Raymond Dweck, runs well in the Prioress, her next start would be in the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga. Another possible spot is the July 21 Dearly Precious Stakes at Monmouth for 3-year-old fillies. Stormy Pick has an affinity for this track. She won a maiden race by 10 lengths here last summer, won an allowance, placed in the Colleen Stakes, and then won the Sorority.

Also a possibility down the road for Stormy Pick is a start on the turf, since her sire, Storm Creek, by Storm Cat, has sent out turf winners in the past.

Sea Femma steps up in class

Sea Femma, a 3-year-old filly, takes on first-level state-bred allowance company for the first time Friday in the featured eighth race. Sea Femma, trained by Frank Pollara, won a maiden race here on opening day versus Jersey-breds. She will benefit from a light 112 pounds and the services of Bravo.

Two Philadelphia Park runners pose the best chances to move up in allowance ranks. Summertime Alli, to be ridden by Nick Santagata, ran well versus open company

at Philly before finishing fourth in a $37,000 open-company allowance here June 13. Trained by Frank Costa, Summertime Alli drops into state-bred ranks for this race, just nine days since her last start. Dawns Comet finished fifth at Philadelphia Park in the Glass Slipper Stakes on June 2. She previously ran third versus Jersey-bred allowance horses a month earlier at Garden State Park.