06/01/2006 11:00PM

Deja Entendu leaps to stakes following big maiden victory


OCEANPORT, N.J. - In a strong vote of confidence, Deja Entendu jumps from a maiden victory into the $60,000 Little Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Monmouth Park.

"Do you run against older horses in a first-level allowance or do you take on 3-year-old fillies in the stakes?" said trainer Kelly Breen.

Breen's decision was made easier after Deja Entendu won her maiden in dominating fashion. After making her first two starts on the turf at Gulfstream Park, where she finished fourth and 12th, Deja Entendu shifted to the main track at Monmouth on May 20 and responded with a seven-length win under Joe Bravo.

"It wasn't even much of a hand ride," Breen said. "Joe was just sitting still on her. It looked like one of those Arazi moves, the way she was passing horses on the far turn."

Breen said Deja Entendu showed no ill effects from the huge effort.

"That was just a walk in the park for her," he said. "She's a big filly. She bounced out of the race good."

Deja Entendu faces six rivals in the Little Silver, which is run at a mile and 70 yards, and will be ridden by Bravo, the leading rider at Monmouth.

Sneaky Deeds looks like another savvy claim for owner-trainer Eddie Broome, who took her out a maiden race at Gulfstream in February for $45,000. Sneaky Deeds has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 starts, all sprints, for Broome, who goes shopping every winter at Gulfstream. Last year Broome claimed Network, who won a pair of Monmouth stakes.

"That's why we're at Gulfstream," Broome said. "We're sure not there for the money. We're there for the weather and to find something to bring back here to make some money."

Rather than wheel new acquisitions right back into races, Broome usually spends time working with new claims like Sneaky Deeds.

"She needed some schooling," Broome said. "She was a handful when we first got her. She's really calmed down. She gets a little better each time she runs."

Completing the field are Miss Shop, A Bit of Pressure, Casablanca Babe, and Capozzene and Mama Nadine, who race uncoupled in the betting for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Choose Six hurt by small handle

The Choose Six, which replaced the traditional pick six at Monmouth this meet, has not gained traction with bettors, because there has been limited handle. In the Choose Six, the bettor designates any six races on the card for the $1 wager.

The wager is attracting between $1,000 and $1,200 a day at Monmouth. The bet is available only to ontrack bettors at Monmouth, The Meadowlands Racetrack, and Freehold Raceway. It is not offered to New Jersey's Internet and phone account customers or to simulcast players out of state.

"It needs money in the pools to create value, and it doesn't have it right now," said Chris McErlean, vice president/racing operations for Monmouth and The Meadowlands. "We took a shot bringing something new in, but it is struggling, because we need more people betting into it."

McErlean blamed Scientific Games Racing, Monmouth's tote company, and Cantor Index, the creator of the Choose Six, for failing to broaden distribution of the bet.

"I think it will stay on for the balance of the meet," McErlean said. "We'll reevaluate it down the road."

* Racing shifts Monday to The Meadowlands for the first of three consecutive all-turf Mondays at that track. Post time will be 1:10 p.m.