04/19/2005 11:00PM

A calm 'L'Oiseau' a good sign

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Bank Audit, winning the Interborough, has won 5 of her last 6 starts. She will be one of the favorites in Saturday's Bed o' Roses Handicap.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It won't take long for Richard Migliore to know if L'Oiseau D'Argent will run well when he makes his 6-year-old debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap.

"You know by the time you leave the paddock," Migliore said. "It all depends on how he acts. If he gets blown up and washes out and gets wild, he doesn't run nearly as well. If he kind of keeps his composure, boy, he's got a good race in him."

L'Oiseau D'Argent ran several good races last year, most notably last Aug. 5, when he set a Saratoga inner-turf-course record for one mile in an allowance race (1:33.42). He also won the restricted Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont in the fall.

L'Oiseau D'Argent has not run since finishing fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Grade 2 Knickerbocker Handicap last October at Aqueduct.

"He just didn't last, didn't finish that day," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "He's a nice horse and he's doing well and he doesn't have any conditions. It's hard to place him. This is where we have to go."

Both Migliore and McLaughlin acknowledge that L'Oiseau D'Argent prefers firm ground, and the forecasted showers for Saturday could pose a problem.

The Fort Marcy is scheduled to mark the return of Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now. Others likely to run are Big Booster, Chilly Rooster, and Remind. There are likely to be several horses entered as main-track only candidates, as well.

Migliore likes Bank Audit's chances

McLaughlin's decision not to run Saintliness in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap means that Migliore will get to ride Bank Audit in the Grade 3 race. After breezing Bank Audit a half-mile in 48.02 seconds last Sunday, Migliore said he is quite confident in his filly's chances.

"She's awfully good right now," said Migliore, who rode Bank Audit to victory in the Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap last month. "She breezed sensational the other day. I had gotten on her before her last win and she went okay, but the other day she actually felt special."

Bank Audit, a Virginia-bred daughter of Wild Rush, has won 5 of 6 starts since being found to have ulcers last fall.

Though most of her success has come in sprints, Bank Audit is 2 for 3 at a mile, albeit against high-priced claiming competition. Cativa, the Barbara Fritchie Handicap winner who finished fifth as the favorite in the Distaff, is expected to be the main foe. Actcellent, Pleasant Home, Tracie Girl, and Summer Rainbow are also likely to run.

Santos has that Funny feeling

Jose Santos worked Funny Cide six furlongs in 1:12.28 Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. It was Santos's first time on Funny Cide since he finished 10th in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic.

Though Funny Cide finished the move on his wrong lead, Santos liked the way the 2003 champion 3-year-old worked. Funny Cide is scheduled to make his seasonal debut in the Kings Point Handicap here on May 1.

"He feels pretty good; he feels like the usual Funny Cide," Santos said. "When he gets ready he works fast. He did it nice and easy. I pushed him a little bit at the end, but not to the extreme. They wanted a good work, and I'm pretty sure after this work he'll be much better."

Assistant trainer Robin Smullen said she and trainer Barclay Tagg have worked Funny Cide every five days since the end of March in order to make this race. Smullen said Funny Cide could work on Monday and blow out next Friday for the Kings Point.

Prado to ride Galloping Grocer

Trainer Dominick Schettino confirmed on Wednesday that Galloping Grocer would run in Sunday's $100,000 Times Square Division of the New York Stallion Series. Schettino said Edgar Prado would pick up the mount for the one-mile race.

Galloping Grocer is undefeated in restricted company, having gone 3 for 3 against New York-breds last year. He fell a neck short to Rockport Harbor in last year's Remsen Stakes. He went 0 for 3 this year, with losses in the Whirlaway, Gotham, and Wood Memorial.

A large field is shaping up for the Times Square, including Summerland, Big Apple Daddy, Blue Sunday, Gold and Roses, Twooutsintheninth, Accurate, Distinctive Trick, and Be Wild Again.

Sabellina returns in feature

Sabellina, recently crowned champion New York-bred turf female of 2004, will kick off her 2005 campaign against open company Friday in a third-level allowance race at one mile on the turf.

As a 3-year-old, Sabellina went 4 for 9, including a nose victory in the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga. She ended her campaign with a two-length loss to On the Bus in the Ticonderoga.

Sabellina shows a steady work tab for her return, but must carry 123 pounds. The Lamp Is Lit, who won an open second-level allowance race last fall, is also making her 2005 debut under 123 pounds.