10/26/2005 11:00PM

Desirable Moment's mission: Provide distraction for Hills


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Florida-based trainer Tim Hills could use some positive news after surveying the damage from Hurricane Wilma. He hopes Desirable Moment provides that lift Saturday night in the $50,000 Witches' Brew Stakes at The Meadowlands Racetrack.

"Calder is devastated," Hills said from Florida. "I have 11 horses here. The barn lost half the roof."

His home is intact but might not have electricity restored until Thanksgiving. Fortunately, Hills has a backup generator to provide power.

Cleanup, repair, and restoration will be a long process.

"There is no light at the end of this tunnel," Hills said.

Hills will fly north on Friday and has tickets for the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Belmont Park.

After a day of championship racing, Hills will head to the Big M for the Witches' Brew, where Desirable Moment will probably make her final start in the five-furlong race on the turf for fillies and mares.

The 6-year-old is heading for retirement. She has won nine races in her career, six on the grass.

Keeping the race on the turf is the key for Desirable Moment, who is no longer competitive on dirt. She has run four times this year, two on grass and two in races that were taken off the turf. The contrast in performance was stark.

Desirable Moment has high early speed, which she used effectively to win a money-allowance race on the Monmouth Park turf over the summer.

She set a brisk pace in her only turf stakes this year, the Klassy Briefcase at Monmouth. Desirable Moment faded to sixth, beaten only three lengths.

The two dirt races were dismal. She lost the Candy Eclair Stakes at Monmouth by 17 lengths. Her last outing was another main-track failure in the Big M's Phoenix Stakes on Oct. 7. She was steadied coming out the gate and never got involved.

"At 6, she's gotten smart enough to not even try on the dirt anymore," Hills said. "She's doing fine after the last race and we're hoping with clear weather in the forecast to have the race stay on the grass."

Breeders' Cup Day at The Meadowlands begins at 9:30 a.m. when the gates open for early wagering. The track will offer the full-card simulcast from Belmont, including the Head2Head and Ultra Pick 6 wagers.

Admission for the clubhouse and grandstand is $1 with Breeders' Cup luncheon packages available in the Terrace and Pegasus restaurants.

The track will offer a full menu of simulcasts throughout the afternoon and evening, with live racing getting under way at 7:30 p.m.