11/08/2002 12:00AM

Dat You Miz Blue a happy camper on grass


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The majority of Dat You Miz Blue's wins have come on the dirt, but the 5-year-old Cure the Blues mare, who first ran on the turf earlier this year, has some solid efforts on the grass.

With turf experience on her side, Dat You Miz Blue seeks her first stakes win on the grass in Sunday's $100,000 Perfect Arc at Aqueduct.

The one-mile Perfect Arc, restricted to the progeny of New York-based stallions, has attracted a field of 11, including last year's winner and runner-up, Wake Up Kiss and Lovely Amanda.

Seeyouinmydreams and Princess Dixie were entered for the main track only.

Dat You Miz Blue, a winner of $741,801, dominated the Iroquois Stakes on the dirt in her last start on Oct. 19 at Belmont Park. She won the seven-furlong Iroquois by five lengths. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Dat You Miz Blue won three other races this year, including a classified allowance race at Saratoga on the grass at the Perfect Arc distance.

In all, Dat You Miz Blue has run three times on turf with a record of 1-1-1.

"The turf seems to make her a little happier and improved her on the dirt," said Jerkens, who trains Dat You Miz Blue for Cynthia Knight. "She still doesn't have the same early lick she had before, but she was up close in her last start when it wasn't a blistering pace.

"I would have thought the mile would be too far for her but maybe it's a little easier for her on the grass, against the right company."

Dat You Miz Blue, who carries 124 pounds, will have to overcome her outside post 11. Jose Santos rides.

Like Dat You Miz Blue, Lovely Amanda has done her best work on the dirt, but she also has some respectable races on the grass. In last year's Perfect Arc, Lovely Amanda was beaten a head by Wake Up Kiss.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Lovely Amanda hasn't run since finishing fifth over a sloppy track in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 16.

"We freshened her with this in mind and the Montauk," Pletcher said. The Montauk will be run Dec. 1. "She runs well fresh and sometimes running on the grass off a layoff is easier."

John Velazquez rides Lovely Amanda, who has early speed, from post 2.

Wake Up Kiss has raced only twice since last year's Perfect Arc and lost both those starts.

Chasin' Wimmin back in Cormorant

It has been a long time between wins for Chasin' Wimmin, one of 12 turf males entered in the $100,000 Cormorant. But Chasin' Wimmin, a 7-year-old who hasn't won since capturing the Cormorant in 2000, could be ready for a big effort in the mile race.

Last year, Chasin' Wimmin raced only three times because of foot problems. In eight starts this year, the best Chasin' Wimmin has managed is two seconds and two thirds.

"His foot problems are over, and he is doing good now," John Hertler, who trains Chasin' Wimmin, said.

Hertler said he was encouraged by Chasin' Wimmin's last race, when he finished third, beaten two lengths by the upset winner Quiet Ruler, in the Mohawk on Oct. 19 at Belmont Park. Quiet Ruler returned to win an allowance race on Friday.

"They were crawling up front and he was way behind," Hertler said. "Even though all the leaders fell back, he still had a lot to do."

Jean-Luc Samyn rides Chasin' Wimmin from post 3.

Jerkens will try for a sweep of Sunday's grass stakes with Haggs Castle, who finished a neck behind Chasin' Wimmin in the 1 1/8-mile Mohawk. In three starts this year, Haggs Castle also won an open allowance race and was second in the Ashley T. Cole.

"He's been running good," Jerkens said. "The mile might be too short, but the turf figures to be soft, and that might make it easier for him. I wish I got him going earlier this year, but he didn't come around quickly. He didn't winter well last year."

Mike Luzzi rides Haggs Castle, who drew post 11.

* The remarkable Say Florida Sandy, the richest New York-bred in history, took another step closer to $2 million in earnings with his win in a Friday allowance race. Say Florida Sandy ($9.40) won his 31st race from 90 career starts to boost his earnings to $1,971,455.

* Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success had his first work since finishing second in the Tom Fool in July on Friday at Belmont Park. Affirmed Success worked a bullet three furlongs in 37.12 seconds on the main track.