08/17/2005 11:00PM

Career Oriented gets class test


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Career Oriented hasn't missed a beat this summer at Monmouth Park.

She has won all three starts here, marching smartly through her allowance conditions for trainer Joe Orseno.

Now comes the next step - a stakes race.

, a winner of 4 of 5 starts, takes the plunge in the $60,000 Miss Woodford for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at six furlongs.

"This seems like the next logical spot after the great meet she's having here," Orseno said. "We've been planning for this one since her last allowance race."

This will be a stiffer test.

"She has handled everything we've asked her to do," Orseno said. "She has handled every level, so she deserves a chance against straight 3-year-old fillies."

The Miss Woodford marks the return to action for Neverlacken for the first time since her impressive win in the OBS Championships at the Ocala Training Center in March.

"She just kind of went over the top," said trainer Rick Violette Jr. "She ran through a tough winter up here and we kind of got to the bottom of her. She needed some time off, so we gave it to her."

Neverlacken will be cutting back to six furlongs for the first time since she won her maiden.

"Three-quarters probably isn't her best game, but I think fresh off the bench, she might be sharp enough to get it done," Violette said.

I'mtoogoodtobetrue is a New Jersey-bred filly with experience in statebred stakes. She captured the New Jersey Futurity in November at The Meadowlands and finished second against older rivals in the Goldfinch Handicap here last month.

* The $60,000 Twin Lights Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf was also slated for Saturday, but it did not fill and will not be rescheduled.

Choose's life in jeopardy

Choose suffered condylar fractures in both front legs in last Sunday's Sneakbox Stakes, and veterinarians are unsure if the 4-year-old can be saved.

"No surgery has been done because they don't know if he would make it through," said Pat McBurney, the assistant to trainer John Forbes. "A decision will be made in the next day or so."