09/12/2008 12:00AM

Elliott now a U.S. citizen


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Stewart Elliott raised his right hand Monday, swore the oath of allegiance, and became a citizen of the United States.

"It's something I should have done a long time ago," Elliott said. "It would have saved a lot of aggravation."

Elliott, born in Toronto, is best known as the rider of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones. Elliott was fourth in the Monmouth Park standings as of Friday.

The impetus for the citizenship change was an airport incident late in 2004, when Elliott was flagged by U.S. authorities upon reentering the country from Hong Kong. Elliott's named popped up as a foreign citizen with a prior felony conviction for assault, the result of a 2001 incident.

In 2005 Elliott was detained overnight by U.S. Immigration officials and threatened with deportation to Canada. Those issues should not reoccur with a U.S. passport.

The ceremony took place in Newark, N.J., as Elliott joined with about 40 other newly minted citizens.

"It felt pretty good," Elliott said. "They gave us about a five-minute talk. It was pretty quick and simple. Now I can get a U.S. passport and it will make things easier."

Castro goes for examination

Eddie Castro, second in the Monmouth rider standings, apparently escaped serious injury in a first-race spill Friday when Tinted Moon stumbled and fell just past the finish line. Castro was thrown face-first into the dirt and lay motionless on his stomach for several minutes.

He was removed from the track in an ambulance and taken to Monmouth's first-aid station. About 30 minutes after the race, Castro was up and walking about. He took off the rest of his mounts on the card and went to a local doctor for an examination of the left leg.

Tinted Moon also escaped major damage as she bounced back up and ran off after the spill.

Elvis Trujillo was taken to Monmouth Medical Center for X-rays of the right wrist after falling off Carson Hall while entering the first turn of the seventh race on Friday.

Cable Boy returning - on turf

Cable Boy will make his comeback Sunday at Monmouth in a third-level allowance race on the turf.

The local sensation of last season, Cable Boy will be making his first start in over year. Cable Boy burst on the scene with three straight victories, setting the track record for one mile and 70 yards in only his second start. He stepped up to the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, where he finished fifth. His last race ended in a 10th-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby as he went to the sidelines with a suspensory injury in the left front leg.

The comeback was further delayed this year by a foot abscess in the same leg

"He's been training fantastic," said trainer Pat McBurney of the last four breezes, all on the turf. "He could not be doing any better. We had hoped to have him back in July. Hopefully he can have a productive final quarter of the year."

This will be Cable Boy's grass debut.

"We think he has enough turf in his pedigree to handle it, but you never know until you run on it," McBurney said.

Revidere to go in divisions

The $70,000 Revidere Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf, Monmouth's Sunday feature, proved so popular it was split into two divisions.

Debbie Sue carries a two-race winning streak into the first split, the seventh race. Her latest win came in the Brookmeade Stakes for Virginia breds at Colonial Downs. Elliott will ride for trainer Hamilton Smith.

A return to grass could be the key for Czarina's Girl in the other division, the ninth race, following a poor effort last time here in the off-the-turf Omnibus Stakes.

"She acted up in the gate and came back bleeding," said her trainer, McBurney. "She might have hit her head in there. The bleeding was definitely not respiratory. It could have come from a concussion or a sinus injury."