02/21/2002 12:00AM

'Emerald' spotted favorably


When Emeraldforajudge was last seen at Turfway Park in November, she made up more than 11 lengths in the last half-mile to win an entry-level allowance going away as the 2-5 favorite. Back from a brief trip to New Orleans, Emeraldforajudge returns to Turfway in Florence, Ky., Saturday to head a tightly matched field of 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Valdale Stakes at one mile.

Following her allowance win, Emeraldforajudge did not race for two months. She reappeared in the Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds on Jan. 27 and didn't run badly. After pressing the pace for the first half of the race, Emeraldforajudge steadily faded in the stretch but finished a clear third behind Lake Lady and Charmed Gift. Charmed Gift came back to run second in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds last week.

Skipping the Silverbulletday and pointing to the Valdale turned out to be a wise decision in light of Take Charge Lady's dominating win in the Silverbulletday.

Rodney Prescott rides Emeraldforajudge for the first time in the Valdale. A win would be the first stakes victory for Emeraldforajudge, who is trained by Bernie Flint.

Three of the first four finishers from the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes will return in the Valdale. Art Fair, who scored a 19-1 upset in that race, and runner-up Honest Deceiver will both be making their two-turn debuts Saturday. Honest Deceiver is the only other stakes winner in the field, having won the Eliza at Arlington last August.

Iffy, fourth as the favorite in the Cincinnati Trophy, could run better Saturday with a cleaner trip. In the Cincinnati Trophy she was forced to steady early, then was carried seven wide turning for home and could make up little ground in the stretch. Iffy was stakes-placed twice as a 2-year-old.

Flores breaks collarbone

A three-horse spill in Wednesday's second race resulted in a broken left collarbone for jockey Rico Flores. His mount, Jack Noon, fell after clipping heels with P.J. Brown.

Anthony Esposito and Angela Owens, whose mounts collided with the fallen Jack Noon, suffered no major injuries. Esposito was taken to a local hospital for examination and was released.

Owens fulfilled her only other riding engagement, winning the featured eighth race on Cindy's Hobby. None of the horses involved in the spill were seriously injured.

Sonofa Gray Lady, who won the race, was disqualified and placed ninth for coming out in midstretch, forcing P.J. Brown into the path of Jack Noon.

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