09/15/2005 11:00PM

Certifiably Crazy: New barn, old style


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Schosberg went into last month's West Point Handicap feeling very confident in his chances with Sicilian Boy. But when blew the first turn, he forced another horse into Sicilian Boy, who ended up tearing a suspensory ligament and is out indefinitely.

A few weeks later, Schosberg took over the training of Certifiably Crazy and now he feels confident in his chances to win Sunday's $100,000 Ashley T. Cole Handicap. The Ashley T. Cole is scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on Belmont Park's inner turf course, but an unsettled forecast following two days of scattered storms could force the race to be moved to the dirt.

Ten horses were entered for the grass. West Virginia and Seaside Salute are main-track only entrants.

Owner Ed Wachtel moved five horses to Schosberg's care from Brad Wallace, including Certifiably Crazy, who finished second in this race last year and who was beaten a nose in the Grade 2 Red Smith last November. Though he tried to rate in the West Point, Certifiably Crazy is likely to return to his front-running ways on Sunday.

"He's happiest when he's up on the lead, it seems that way," Schosberg said. "He's a very difficult horse to pass when he's out there like that, and he will put other horses away that want to run with him, so it's not a bad situation to be in."

Certifiably Crazy, the starting highweight at 120 pounds, may have to do early battle with Redefined and Of All Times to get the lead.

A swift and contested could set things up for Dave, Continental Reins, or Don't Knock America.

, a 4-year-old son of Ends Well, has won three of his last four starts, including two races in five days at Saratoga. The second of those victories was a one-length score in the West Point. Dave, who drew post 10, has not been worse than second in eight turf starts this season.

"He seems to have turned the corner this year," trainer John Hertler said of Dave. "Ends Wells get better with time."

Continental Reins, a son of Tomorrows Cat, could be developing into this division's next star. Since being transferred to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, Continental Reins has won 3 of 4 turf starts, including a two-length victory in a second-level allowance race on Aug. 29. After toting 124 pounds in each of his last four starts, Continental Reins carries 114 on Sunday.

On dirt, West Virginia, winner of the Grade 3 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park last out, is the horse to beat.