12/06/2004 12:00AM

Dead heat in jockey contest


Andreas Suborics and Doug Whyte finished in a dead heat for victory in the World Super Jockeys Series over the weekend at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan, where Shoman Peintre scored a 21-1 upset in the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday.

Edgar Prado, the U.S. representative in the competition, finished 12th of 14 participants

The German-based Suborics needed only two thirds and a sixth to tie for the title with Whyte, a Hong Kong-based Australian who drew even with Suborics with his victory aboard Brian's Letter in the Golden Boots Trophy. Prado came home unplaced aboard three longshots in his first three rides in the two-day, four-race event, but did bounce back with a second-place finish aboard the favored Firenze in the 1 1/4-mile Golden Boots.

Trained by Yutaka Yoshida and ridden by Yokichi Okubo, Shoman Peintre came from far behind to land the $1.12 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. A daughter of Sunday Silence, she got up to beat Ambroise by a head, with the 1-2 choice, Rhein Kraft, a nose farther back in third. Shoman Peintre's winning time for the mile was 1:35.20 on firm ground.

Stewart Elliott will represent the United States on Wednesday night in the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong, where he will face off in three races against the Australia-based defending champ, Damien Oliver, as well as Suborics, international stars Kieren Fallon, Michael Kinane, Christophe Soumillon, and Yutaka Take, and five others.

Propelled to fame by his winning rides aboard Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Elliott would appear to be in with a chance for the title, as he has drawn post 3 in two of the three races. Low draws are considered very important at Happy Valley, where the turns are tight and the stretch is short.- Alan Shuback