10/20/2005 12:00AM

Certifiably Crazy good on or off lead

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Certifiably Crazy, winning the Ashley T. Cole, finished second in last year's Mohawk.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Certifiably Crazy, who showed a new dimension when rallying to an easy victory here last month in the Ashley T. Cole Handicap, will be favored to duplicate the performance in Saturday's $150,000 Mohawk Handicap at Belmont Park. The Mohawk is one of seven stakes on the New York Showcase Day program.

had turned in his best efforts racing on the lead before he made his first start for trainer Richard Schosberg in the Ashley T. Cole. But after stumbling briefly at the start, Certifiably Crazy rated off the early pace before exploding through the stretch under jockey Cornelio Velasquez to score a 4 1/4-length victory over Continental Reins and eight other New York-bred rivals.

"He certainly showed a very interesting dynamic in his last race, and that was strictly the horse's and rider's decision," said Schosberg, who had Certifiably Crazy transferred into his barn shortly after a third-place finish in the West Point Handicap on Aug. 14. "And I'll let them make that decision again on Saturday. I don't like one-dimensional horses, so naturally I was quite pleased to see him be able to rate like he did."

Certifiably Crazy, who finished a game second behind Irish Colonial after setting the pace in the 2004 Mohawk, was assigned high weight of 122 pounds Saturday, two more than he carried in the Ashley T. Cole.

"He's coming off a real nice win, and he deserves to be the highweight and favorite," said Schosberg. "Our biggest enemy could be the weather. The forecast calls for rain, and he's handled a less-than-firm turf course well enough in the past, but I won't run him if the race comes off the grass. The back-up plan would be to wait and run him in the Knickerbocker."

will try Certifiably Crazy again in the Mohawk. Continental Reins has not finished worse than second in his six starts this season. The Cole was his stakes debut.

returns to statebred competition after being eased in Woodbine's Grade 2 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap in his previous start. He will be seeking his first victory since beating Certifiably Crazy by nearly two lengths in the 2004 Ashley T. Cole. In his two previous starts against New York-breds, Provincetown finished third in the Troy and second in the West Point Handicap after setting or forcing the pace.

Dave would benefit from a fast pace. A stretching-running 4-year-old, Dave failed to fire his best rally when finishing fifth in the Cole. Before that, he rallied to a pair of wins at Saratoga, including a come-from-behind one-length decision over Provincetown and Certifiably Crazy in the West Point.