10/16/2004 12:00AM

Dr. Kashnikow upsets Cliffhanger

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Dr. Kashnikow ($33.80) edges past Tam's Terms nearing the wire to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap by a half-length under Richard Migliore on Friday night at at The Meadowlands.

Dr. Kashnikow rallied from last to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Friday night at The Meadowlands Racetrack and end a long victory drought.

The 7-year-old grey gelding trained by John R. Fisher posted his first win since the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill Down in November, 2002.

"It's been two years since he won a race but he's always been there," said Fisher. "He ran a great race."

Jockey Richard Migliore let the veteran, who carried 116 pounds, settle early before asking for run entering the final turn.

"We were really comfortable on the back side," said Migliore. "When I swung him out, he really kicked in."

Dr. Kashnikow got up by a half length over Tam's Terms who split horses in the stretch and held a brief lead.

Host, the 9-5 favorite and high weight at 117 pounds, was steadied and boxed in on the final turn before angling outside to close for third.

Jockey Joe Bravo, the rider of fourth place finisher Hotstufanthensome, claimed foul against the winner when Dr. Kashnikow drifted into his path in the stretch. The stewards did not uphold the objection.

Dr. Kashnikow ($33.80) ran the 1 1/16 miles over the "good" turf in 1:42.41 on a showery night in northern New Jersey.

The race was delayed several minutes when Stormy Ray reared and slipped under the starting gate. The gelding was pinned until the assistant starters were able to free him. He was scratched and was able to walk off the course.

* Schedule ($5.00) went gate to wire and broke the track record for a mile and 70 yard in winning the off-the-turf $60,000 Miss Liberty Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Schedule, ridden by Bravo, stopped the clock in 1:37.90 as she won by 7 1-2 lengths over Irish Melody in the race run over a "good" track.

* Favalora ($45.20) pulled off the upset in the $60,000 Comet Stakes for 2-year-olds. Favalora ran the six furlongs in 1:09.43 as he improved his record to two wins in three starts for the team of trainer Ned Allard and jockey Harry Vega.