09/25/2002 12:00AM

Bridgmohan rides five winners


ELMONT, N.Y. - Shaun Bridgmohan, who will ride Evening Attire in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup, won five races on Wednesday's card at Belmont Park. It was the first five-win day for a journeyman rider in New York this year.

Apprentice Lorenzo Lezcano rode five winners on Feb. 6 at Aqueduct.

It was Bridgmohan's best day as a journeyman. On Feb. 15, 1998, as an apprentice, Bridgmohan rode six winners at Aqueduct.

Wednesday, Bridgmohan won the first three races on the card with Showtime ($12.20), Kalki's Pride ($15.40), and Rhythmic Motion ($8.30). Combined with his victory aboard Chasing Lightning in Sunday's finale, Bridgmohan had four consecutive winners.

Bridgmohan's streak was snapped in the fourth when Liquid Icon, the 9-5 favorite, finished fourth. Bridgmohan, who rode the entire card Wednesday, won the seventh on My Cousin Matt ($8.10) and the finale aboard Robbie's Rockin ($5.90).

"Either I was going to have a great day or a miserable day,'' Bridgmohan said. "They were all running great today, which is the greatest thing. They all all put you in the spot you wanted to be, all I had to do was steer them out of trouble. [Rhythmic Motion] broke a little slow, and I had to ride him the whole way, but once I found room, he got really motivated and kicked in.''

Bridgmohan now has 14 wins at the meet and is tied with Jerry Bailey for third in the standings.

With Anticipation works at Spa

With Anticipation, the likely favorite for Sunday's $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational, worked Wednesday at Saratoga on the grass.

With exercise rider Kate Fitzpatrick aboard, With Anticipation breezed in company with stablemate Draw Shot and covered six furlongs in 1:15.33 over a course labeled firm.

With Anticipation's trainer, Jonathan Sheppard, said the dogs - the cones that protect the turf course - were positioned beyond the middle of the course. Sheppard reported that Draw Shot had a three-length lead early in the work and that With Anticipation drew on even terms with his stablemate in the stretch and drew away in the final sixteenth.

"Considering the dogs were way out, it was a satisfactory work," Sheppard said. "He finished up lovely, about seven or eight lengths in front of the other horse. I got his last eighth in 11 and two. He was very enthusiastic."

With Anticipation, a 7-year-old gelding, will be seeking to win his fourth consecutive Grade 1 in the 1 1/2-mile Turf Classic. Sheppard is using the race as a stepping-stone to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

In his last start on Sept. 7, With Anticipation won the Man o' War by one length after wearing down the pacesetter, Balto Star.

Last year, With Anticipation finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup after winning the Man o' War and skipping the Turf Classic.

"If he has a race now we don't have to do too much with him," Sheppard said. "That might be easier on him than freshening him and then giving him extensive training to build him up to his peak."

At Belmont, Turf Classic hopeful Kim Loves Bucky worked a half-mile over a firm course in 47.25 seconds, breezing, with the dogs up.

Others pointing to the Turf Classic are last year's winner, Timboroa, and Denon, Blazing Fury, Delta Form, Man From Wicklow, Ulundi, and Whitmore's Conn.

England's Legend fresher this year

Trainer Christophe Clement believes England's Legend's 11th-place finish as the favorite in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf may have been the result of a long campaign. Clement wasn't going to make the same mistake twice.

When Clement sends England's Legend out in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational it will be only her third start of the year.

"Last year, I started her very early in Gulfstream,'' said Clement, noting that England's Legend six-race campaign began in a Feb. 9 allowance race. "This year, she started much later. We should have a much fresher horse in the fall.''

England's Legend did not run until July 27 when she won the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park. Three weeks later, Clement sent England's Legend back to Arlington, where she finished third, beaten one length by Golden Apples, in the Beverly D.

"Maybe I ran her back a little too quick,'' Clement said. "I could not make the New York Handicap [in July] and I wanted to have a prep race for the Beverly D.''

While other trainers are fretting about the forecast, which calls for as much as two inches of rain by Saturday, Clement said he plans to run whether the turf course is firm or soft.

Clement has also secured the services of Jerry Bailey for not only the Flower Bowl, but also the Breeders' Cup.

Rain won't hinder Evening Attire

One person who wouldn't mind seeing a wet track for Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup is Pat Kelly, trainer of Evening Attire. In three starts on off tracks, Evening Attire has two wins, including a 1 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap last month.

Kelly was particularly impressed with Evening Attire's ability to make up five lengths on front-running Abreeze in the final quarter of a mile.

"You just don't see many horses get up making that move in the mud up there,'' Kelly said. "He had three on us at the eighth pole, and I thought the race was over. It was a thrill watching him. Hopefully, we can do it again.''

A field of seven is expected for the Gold Cup, including Abreeze, Lido Palace, Milwaukee Brew, Nothing Flat, Repent, and Puzzlement. Trainer Todd Pletcher will enter Harlan's Holiday - he is also entered in Friday night's Pegasus at The Meadowlands - and possibly Balto Star.

* Saarland on Wednesday had his first timed breeze since finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby, going three furlongs in 36.71 seconds over Belmont's main track. Trainer Shug McGaughey is hoping to have Saarland ready to run by the Aqueduct meeting.

* Three Godolphin stakes winners put in workouts Wednesday. Express Tour, a candidate for The Meadowlands Cup, went six furlongs in 1:16.72. E Dubai, who most likely will train up to the Breeders' Cup Classic, went six furlongs in 1:14.87. Jilbab, the Coaching Club American Oaks winner, went seven furlongs in 1:27.61. She may make her next start in the $250,000 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 5.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson