07/03/2007 11:00PM

Cash's Girl gets another shot at Dream Rush


ELMONT, N.Y. - Cash's Girl was no match for Dream Rush when she faced her in the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup two months ago. But with a confidence-boosting allowance win under her belt and a possible hot pace scenario brewing, Cash's Girl may deserve a second look in Saturday's Grade 1 Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park.

Cash's Girl, a daughter of Northern Afleet, chased the pace and finished fourth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Dream Rush in the Nassau County. She came back four weeks later to win a second-level allowance race by 4 1/4 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

"That filly kicked our rear end," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "But she did come back with a huge race and she's doing really well."

Cash's Girl, owned by Cash Is King Stable, has won 3 of 6 starts.

One thing that could play into Cash's Girl's favor on Saturday is the apparent abundance of speed in the race. Dream Rush, who finished second as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Acorn, could have plenty of company in the six-furlong Prioress. Other speed horses expected to run include Appealing Zophie, Her Majesty, and Ticket to Seattle.

Magical Ride, who has never quite run back to her impressive maiden win here last year, is expected to run, as are Silver Knockers and Graeme Six.

Short field expected for Lexington

Distorted Reality, the second-place finisher in the Grade 3 Hill Prince on June 8, heads what is expected to be a short field for Sunday's $100,000 Lexington Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Distorted Reality, a son of Distorted Humor trained by Todd Pletcher, won his first two turf starts before finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf on yielding turf at Churchill.

Others expected to run in the 1 1/8-mile race include Ambassador, Buddy's Humor, Codeword, Mission Approved, and possibly Pays to Dream and Perusal.

Sunday's card also includes the Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Originally scheduled for Oct. 27, the First Flight was moved when the Breeders' Cup announced its new stakes race for filly and mare sprinters.

Ginger Punch, runner-up in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap, will be the starting highweight at 117 pounds. Others pointing to the race include Miraculous Miss, Miss Elsie, Nothing But Fun, Silmaril, Swap Fliparoo, and Sweet Fervor.

On Wednesday, Swap Fliparoo, winner of last year's Grade 1 Test, worked five furlongs in 1:02.24 over the Belmont training track.

Sports Town euthanized

The 3-year-old Sports Town, whom trainer John Terranova called the best horse he has ever trained, was euthanized June 29 at the New Bolton Center equine clinic in Pennsylvania after developing laminitis in three of his four feet.

The laminitis developed after Sports Town was found to have a severe staph infection in his left hind leg shortly after he was scratched out of the Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day.

Sports Town was a son of Belong to Me purchased by Sovereign Stable for $150,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales auction in April 2006. He won 3 of 6 starts, including the Ogygian Stakes, a race he won by four lengths. He also finished third in the Whirlaway Stakes.

"He was the best horse I ever trained, probably the one with the most ability," said Terranova, best known as the trainer of millionaire Gander. "I never saw a horse train like he trained.

"We were just starting to scratch the surface with him," Terranova added. "I really feel bad for the horse. The owners, they're great people. This was a breakthrough chance for everybody. Nobody saw how great he could have been.''

Frosty Secret now with McLaughlin

Frosty Secret, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Withers, has been sold privately and transferred to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Belmont Park barn. The 3-year-old colt had been with Henry Collazo.

The horse was purchased by Esa Abdalla.

"He wanted to buy some horses to eventually take to Dubai," McLaughlin said. "He wanted a 3-year-old sprinter."

Frosty Secret, a son of Put It Back, finished third behind the McLaughlin-trained Divine Park in the Grade 3 Withers. He also finished third in the Valid Video Stakes at Calder on Dec. 17. He beat C P West in an allowance race at Gulfstream.

McLaughlin said Divine Park is close to returning to his barn after being given 60 days off to recover from a bruised hind cannon bone.

Bejarano starts Sunday

Rafael Bejarano, second in the Churchill Downs rider standings, will move his tack to New York beginning Sunday. Bejarano will ride Ginger Punch for Bobby Frankel in Sunday's Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap.

Bejarano will ride the final two weeks of the Belmont summer meet before heading up to Saratoga where he has suffered injuries each of the past two summers. In 2005, Bejarano fractured his ankle early in the meet in a gate mishap. Last summer, Bejarano fractured a rib at the midway point of the Spa meet, at which he had 18 winners.

This year, Bejarano ranks 11th nationally in wins with 138 and sixth in purse money won with $6,807,484.