08/22/2003 11:00PM

Evening Attire at it again


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Pat Kelly is getting the most he can out of the Saratoga meet from his handicap star Evening Attire.

Evening Attire is scheduled to make his third start of the meet Monday in a $58,000 allowance race. He will face a solid field that includes Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Hero's Tribute and 2002 Pegasus Handicap winner Regal Sanction.

Evening Attire, last year's Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, won an off-the-turf allowance race here on opening day. Kelly wheeled him back on 10 days' rest in the Grade 1 Whitney and Evening Attire ran third behind Medaglia d'Oro and Volponi.

"Those were probably the best horses in the country outside of Mineshaft," Kelly said. "It was a good effort."

Kelly ran in the Whitney hoping for a wet track - which he didn't get. He also entered Evening Attire as main track only in Saturday's Fourstardave Handicap, but that race stayed on the turf.

On Monday, Evening Attire will break from post 6 in the 10-horse field under Mark Guidry.

Since winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap in March, Hero's Tribute has been soundly beaten in the Pimlico Special and the Suburban Handicap. Trainer John Ward freshened Hero's Tribute and decided to look for an easier spot to get him going again. Not only did he find a field with a couple of graded winners, but Hero's Tribute got stuck with post 10.

"He's doing really well," said Ward. "He's built back up off that tough series of races. He's responded good from the time off and has trained well over the Oklahoma training track."

Regal Sanction is coming off a solid victory in a third-level allowance race at Belmont on July 6. El Gran Papa and Onthedeanslist are other contenders in the stakes-quality allowance race.

Spinaway contenders work

Ashado and Daydreaming, two juvenile fillies pointing to Friday's Grade 1 $200,000 Spinaway, both put in workouts Saturday morning.

Ashado, who won the Grade 2 Schuylerville here on opening day, worked five furlongs in 1:02.65 in company with Flawless Diamond, who was timed in 1:03.45.

"She worked okay," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She's pretty lazy in the mornings. I broke her off behind that other horse and she finished the same distance behind. She came back good, scoped clean, and she'll run in the Spinaway if everything goes good between now and then."

Daydreaming, who stormed from off the pace to win her maiden at first asking on July 27, worked four furlongs in 48.46 seconds over the Oklahoma training track. It was the fastest of 19 works at the distance.

"She ran really well first time out and her three workouts since she ran have been good," McGaughey said.

Deb's Charm, who won her maiden here on Aug. 9 by three lengths, worked five furlongs in 1:04.16. Trainer Ken McPeek said he was not satisfied with the move and said Deb's Charm may skip the Spinaway.

Others pointing to the race include Caught in a Pinch, Dixie Waltz, Unbridled Beauty, and possibly Whoopi Cat.

Midas Eyes back in training

Midas Eyes, unraced since finishing second as the favorite to Posse in the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup on June 7, has recovered from a foot injury and resumed training last week at Saratoga. Trainer Bobby Frankel said he is hopeful Midas Eyes will make the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.

"He had a separation in his foot," Frankel said. "He seems to be doing very well and there is a good chance he will make the Breeders' Cup Sprint. I don't think he was at his best the last two races. I think that foot was bothering him."

Before losing the Riva Ridge by a nose, Midas Eyes won the Grade 3 Derby Trial by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs on April 26. In March at Gulfstream Park, he won the Grade 3 Swale by 9 1/4 lengths.

Samyn's surgery successful

Jean-Luc Samyn was resting comfortably at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City on Saturday, said his agent, Robin Carroll. On Friday he had surgery to repair a leg fracture that he suffered in a spill here Wednesday.

Samyn broke the femur bone in his right leg when his mount clipped heels at the top of the stretch and dropped him. After surgery was performed on Friday afternoon to stabilize the break, Carroll said, doctors told her they were optimistic that Samyn would be galloping horses in eight to 10 weeks and riding in races in three to four months. Samyn was expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.

"The prognosis, across the board, is very good," Carroll said.

A pair of $100,000 claims

For the second time this meet, two horses were claimed out of the same race for $100,000.

Warleigh, owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk and trained by Todd Pletcher, won a $100,000 claiming event Saturday and was claimed by Steve Asmussen. Abreeze, an 8-year-old gelding who finished fifth in the race, was taken by Scott Lake. Abreeze had been trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for an ownership group that included his wife, Letty, and brother Neal.

On Aug. 8, Kazoo and Speed Hunter were both claimed for $100,000.

* Ana's Lady Bird, who won an entry-level allowance race by 9 1/4 lengths on Thursday, will make her next start in the $150,000 Astarita Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 12, her trainer, Asmussen, said.

Ana's Lady Bird won a pace battle with Amazer before putting that rival away. She covered six furlongs in 1:10.46 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 for the performance.

* Jockey Jerry Bailey was fined $200 by the stewards for inappropriate use of the whip following the running of Thursday's seventh race. The stewards ruled that Bailey hit his mount, Foreverness, twice after the wire. Foreverness finished second in the race.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson