11/09/2005 12:00AM

Certifiably Crazy has one coming

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Certifiably Crazy will try to make up for two near-misses in Saturday's Red Smith.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Last year's nose loss in the Grade 2 Red Smith was heartbreaking. Last month's neck loss in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker was heartwarming.

Saturday, the hearty New York-bred gelding Certifiably Crazy will take a third crack at winning an open sweepstakes when he takes a second shot at the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. The Red Smith, run at 1 3/8 miles, is the last non-restricted turf stakes scheduled in New York this year.

One year ago, Certifiably Crazy was outfinished by Dreadnaught in the final furlong and lost the Red Smith by a nose. John DeStefano, who trained the gelding then, simply called the loss "heartbreaking.''

DeStefano is the now the racing manager for Double S Stable, a partnership of Joe and Joan Sweedler as well as Adam Wachtel which owns Certifiably Crazy. Richard Schosberg now trains Certifiably Crazy, who became a stakes winner with a 4 1/4-length score in the Ashley T. Cole for New York-breds at Belmont in September.

Six weeks later, Certifiably Crazy looked well on his way to victory in the Knickerbocker before Atlando and Jerry Bailey came from last to run down Certifiably Crazy at the wire and win by a neck.

Schosberg said he was encouraged by that effort considering wet weather had interrupted Certifiably Crazy's training leading up to the Knickerbocker, which was postponed from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30 due to the saturated turf.

"I thought the horse ran incredible considering what we went through to try to prepare,'' Schosberg said. "We didn't even know what day the race was going to be. We breezed on a terrible turf course, we breezed on the dirt; he didn't like that. Believe me, the horse overcame a lot to run as good as he did last time.''

Schosberg's only concern entering the Red Smith is running Certifiably Crazy back in 13 days. Schosberg's alternative is to skip this race and run in the Laurel Turf Cup on Nov. 19, but that race is worth half the money and involves a ship.

"I think if we run this weekend, I think he's going to move forward,'' Schosberg said "Normally, on that short notice I wouldn't say that, but I think he needed his last race and I think he's going to benefit from it.''

Attila's Storm aimed at De Francis

Even if Certifiably Crazy runs in the Red Smith, Schosberg, Wachtel, and DeStefano will be in Maryland on Nov. 19 to run Attila's Storm in the Grade 1, $300,000 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park.

Attila's Storm ran a surprisingly good fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, pressing the previously undefeated Lost in the Fog on the lead before giving way grudgingly late. Attila's Storm was beaten only 3 1/4 lengths by Silver Train and missed third by a neck.

DeStefano said he was confident in Attila's Storm's chances to win the Sprint, but Schosberg said he was less confident. Though Attila's Storm had won two allowance races prior to the Sprint, he had not met the company he faced in that race.

"It's a class factor, and he showed he does have the class factor,'' Schosberg said. "I think he was a little short for the race because of the time in between. It's just that the timing was such that we could not get a race in between that would have set us up for that race. He definitely could have been third if he had been just a tad tighter.''

Wednesday, Attila's Storm worked four furlongs in 49.05 seconds over Belmont's main track. Schosberg said he was still in search of a jockey for the De Francis. Patrick Valenzuela, who rode Attila's Storm in the Breeders' Cup, has commitments that day in Southern California. Ramon Dominguez is a possibility.

Saint Daimon fires Huntington bullet

If Allen Jerkens needed any prodding to run Saint Daimon in Sunday's $75,000 Huntington Stakes, he got it Wednesday morning when the 2-year-old colt worked five furlongs in 58.67 seconds over Belmont's main track. The work was the fastest of nine at the distance. The next fastest move was recorded in 1:01.06.

Jerkens said the work was faster than he wanted, and he would evaluate the field before deciding whether to run in the Huntington, a race Jerkens won last year with Magoo's Magic.

Saint Daimon, a son of Saint Ballado, won his maiden in his third start. On Oct. 15, he charged from off the pace to win a six-furlong race by 6 1/4 lengths in the mud at Belmont.

"We're not projecting him to be a champion, he just might be a very nice horse,'' Jerkens said. "He was lucky he got through on the rail all the way. He's a nice big horse. Most everything out of the mother [Daimon] was strictly speed. He's by a horse that gets horses to go a little farther.''

The Huntington is expected to include Justawalkinthepark, Master of Disaster, Trippi Appeal.

Seeking the Ante points to Top Flight

Trainer John Kimmel won the Top Flight Handicap three times in a four-year period with Twist Afleet (1995), Flat Fleet Feet (1996), and Catinca (1998). He will seek another victory in that Grade 2 race on Nov. 25 with the New York-bred Seeking the Ante.

Seeking the Ante is coming off a victory in the Iroquois Handicap, restricted to New York breds, on Oct. 22. On Monday, Seeking the Ante worked four furlongs in 48.96 at Belmont.

* Jockey Orlando Mojica, who has won 118 races this year, mostly in the Midwest, will move his tack to New York beginning Nov. 23. Roger Sutton, the former agent for Mike Luzzi, will have his book. Mojica tied for sixth in the Ellis Park standings with 22 wins from 201 mounts. He went 3 for 28 at Keeneland and was 1 for 21 at Churchill through Tuesday.