07/10/2002 11:00PM

Deep barn, Deep Meadows


There's some truth to the rumor trainer H. Graham Motion's barn is a bottomless pit of talented horses.

Motion, who expects to have five horses entered in next weekend's Delaware Handicap Festival of Racing, has developed yet another budding star at Delaware Park.

Deep Meadows won his last two races at Delaware by a combined 14 lengths, earning back-to-back Beyer Speed Figures of 95 and 91. Not bad for a horse whose 3-year-old debut this spring produced a 58 Beyer in a maiden sprint.

"He seems like he has started to really put it together," Motion said of Deep Meadows, who romped by 6 1/4 lengths against first-level allowance company on July 6 in his most recent start. "His last two were both very good races and I was especially encouraged to see him come back and run the same race again, which proves the first one was not a fluke."

Motion plans to keep Deep Meadows in sprint races for now, but believes the colt might also be capable of going long. Deep Meadows is a half-brother to Wedlock, a son of Maria's Mon who won last year's Vincent Moscarelli Memorial at 1 1/8 miles and finished second in the 1 3/16-mile Kelso Stakes at Delaware.

"So he comes from a legitimate family and going long could be in his future," Motion said. "But he is by Meadowlake and they like to sprint. The way he's sprinting right now, I would be inclined to keep him sprinting. I'll probably run him back in an allowance race in about three or four weeks."

Motion will be busy next weekend when he sends out five stakes horses.

He has legitimate contenders in two of the major stakes - Your Out, a two-time stakes winner this season, in the Grade 3 Delaware Handicap, and Equality in the Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup. Motion also intends to run Alternate in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks, He's a Knockout in the R.R.M. Carpenter Memorial, and Dr. Brendler, in the 1 1/2-mile Cape Henlopen Stakes on the turf.

Rudirudy runs on short rest again

Rudirudy is no stranger to running on short rest. A year ago, he won the five-furlong John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park and came back two days later to finish second in the Mo Bay, a five-furlong turf sprint at Delaware.

The 7-year-old Rudirudy will try to do it again in Saturday's $55,000 Mo Bay, just six days after winning the McSorley. Coincidentally, the main horse Rudirudy will have to beat is Grangeville, a 7-year-old trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Grangeville spoiled Rudirudy's bid for an unusual stakes double a year ago, winning the Mo Bay by a half-length.