04/27/2005 11:00PM

Changing World likes things soft


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Midweek rain in the New York area and the prospect of more for the weekend could be a welcome development for Changing World in the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap Saturday at Aqueduct.

loves a turf course with some give. Her last victory was a front-running score in the Grade 3 Violet Handicap at The Meadowlands over a good course on Oct. 22.

The 5-year-old Changing World could get her preferred course in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Beaugay for fillies and mares, provided the showers do not wash the race onto the main track.

"Changing World is doing very well," said Robin Smullen, the assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg. "If it stays on the turf, she should do very well. She likes soft turf."

She did not get the turf she prefers last time out in the Grade 3 Honey Fox Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Changing World ran 11th over the firm course in one of the worst efforts of her career.

"The course was so fast and so hard, she just didn't like it," Smullen said. "She went into the race fine, and she came out of the race fine. It puzzled us as to why she ran like that, but it was obvious it was the hard turf."

Changing World is the highweight in the Beaugay at 118 pounds with Edgar Prado aboard.

Trainers Allen Jerkens and Billy Turner both entered two turf runners for the Beaugay. The four horses will run uncoupled as individual betting interests.

Jerkens has Savage Beauty and the Irish-bred Asti.

closely stalked the pace before launching a resolute rally to win a Big A allowance race on April 17. Asti will make her debut for Jerkens and second North American start. She was beaten only four lengths in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 24 after starting her career in France.

Jerkens hedged his Beaugay bets by also entering Actcellent as a main-track-only runner.

Finery and Fortunate Damsel make up the Turner duo. Neither has run this year.

Finery already has a stakes victory over the course, in the Grade 3 Athenia Handicap on Oct. 31. Fortunate Damsel, winner of the Grade 3 Pebbles Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 11, raced for trainers Heriberto Cedano and the late Phil Johnson last year.

Fast Cookie, Lady Libby, Sauvage, and With Patience complete the field of turf runners. Strategy was also entered for the main-track only.