09/02/2005 12:00AM

Cat Alert ready to race


OCEANPORT, N.J. - An extra week of rest should benefit Cat Alert on Sunday in the Goldfinch Stakes at Monmouth Park, one of three $55,000 stakes on the card. The other stakes are the Continental Mile for 2-year-olds and the Thomas J. Malley Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Joe Orseno had targeted Cat Alert for last week's Omnibus Stakes, but Cat Alert suffered a stone bruise and missed the race.

"We put on a bar shoe just to be safe," Orseno said. "The foot was a little tender, but it really came around in the last few days."

A 5-year-old mare, Cat Alert will be very tough in the Goldfinch, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf. She has won 5 of her last 10 races, finishing second in the other five, including a game effort last time out in Monmouth's Grade 3 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes.

Trainer Michael Dickinson entered Dowry and Dynamia.

Dynamia has extensive stakes experience, including a second-place finish earlier this meet in the Politely Stakes.

Dowry, a 5-year-old making only her eighth start, wound up on the also-eligible list. She will make her stakes debut if she draws into the field.

Smart N Classy returns on short rest for trainer John Tammaro III. A New Jersey-bred mare, Smart N Classy was second in the Omnibus and earlier won Monmouth's Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap.

The Continental Mile, originally scheduled for the turf, was switched to the main track.

Dropkick Murphy won his debut here June 29, and since then "there have been no races for him," said trainer Tim Hills.

"We also wanted to give him some time to grow up," Hills said. "He's really flourished with the time off."

Dropkick Murphy faces a pair of stakes winners in Crafty Tricker, who won the Mountaineer Juvenile at Mountaineer Park, and Tompest, who won the Chenery Stakes on the grass at Colonial Downs.

Jimmy Jammer, trained by Chuck Simon, was also entered in Saturday's With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga.

Lakes Tune is a top contender in the Thomas J. Malley Stakes at five furlongs, which was also switched from turf to dirt. She made her last two starts in grass sprint stakes at Monmouth. She captured the Crank It Up and was fifth last time out in the Trenton.

Perkins endures tough trip

After two fruitless road trips, one with Smokescreen and one with Wildcat Heir, there is no place like home for trainer Ben Perkins Jr.

"We don't want to leave Monmouth County," he said. "Those were two trips with a lot of expense, and we didn't get to run in either one."

The first excursion sent Smokescreen to Mountaineer Park for the West Virginia Derby on Aug. 14. Smokescreen, who was on the also-eligible list, spent nine hours on the van each way in the hope a scratch would put him in the race.

The most recent road frustration came last weekend in Chicago, where Wildcat Heir, the winner of the Grade 1 DeFrancis Dash last fall, was preparing for the Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint. Wildcat Heir popped an abscess in the left front heel the morning of the race and was scratched.

"He's fine," Perkins said. "We soaked his foot and fitted it with a bar shoe. We'll train him about a week with the bar shoe on."

Perkins said the problem might have been triggered by the previous shoes.

"He must have had something brewing," he said. "He runs in glue-on shoes. We reshod him, and something under the glue started festering.

"He galloped beautifully on Friday, but on Saturday you could see he was a little off."

The scratch was the latest frustrating chapter for Wildcat Heir, who has had foot and curb problems and has been limited to one start this season. That one start resulted in a 5 3/4-length victory in the Teddy Drone Stakes on the Haskell undercard.

Perkins said he will try to have Wildcat Heir ready for either the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 or the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 8.

Either one would serve as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint and a DeFrancis defense on Nov. 19 at Laurel.

Lopez suspended 10 days

Chuckie Lopez will serve a 10-day suspension, from Sept. 8-17, for his ride on Pear 'n Ginger in the fifth race July 14.

The stewards faulted Lopez for a spill, which sidelined Carlos Cruz with a fractured left knee. They also tacked on three additional days (Sept 18, 22, and 23) for a frivolous appeal.

Both Eddie King Jr. and Felix Ortiz will serve three-day suspensions from Sept. 8-10.