07/19/2007 12:00AM

Exchanging Fire a claimer no more


Exchanging Fire no longer enjoys the element of surprise heading into the $60,000 Serena's Song Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Exchanging Fire has gone from a 29-1 upset winner of the Without Feathers to the force to be reckoned with in the one mile and 70-yard prep for the Grade 3, $200,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks on Aug. 12.

A former claimer, Exchanging Fire has come a long way in a short period of time. Claimed for $50,000 in early March at Gulfstream Park, Exchanging Fire has responded with 3 wins in 5 starts.

The Without Feathers, her first stakes appearance, was her most emphatic win. Exchanging Fire produced a front-running victory by 5 3/4 lengths and a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

"We were surprised by that race but not shocked," said trainer Stephen Mick. "We knew she had a lot of ability and believe she has a lot of class."

The filly's race before the Without Feathers had resulted in a second-place finish on the grass in a second-level allowance at Mick's home base of Philadelphia Park.

Mick called that effort "a little bit disappointing," but it sharpened Exchanging Fire for the race of her life.

"She can run on either surface, but her numbers certainly improve on the main track," Mick said. "I believe she will prove that last race wasn't a fluke. I believe she will turn in a very creditable effort."

Bold Assurance will find this a more forgiving spot. She raced here earlier in the meet, setting the pace in the Little Silver Stakes on the turf and finishing fourth.

Her next start was a tall order: the Grade 1 Mother Goose on the main track at Belmont Park.

Bold Assurance set the pace in the four-horse race before fading in the lane to finish 46 3/4 lengths behind the winner, Octave.

Precious Princess will be getting her first stakes test in this spot. The filly, who did not race at 2 because of a bruised cannon bone, is unbeaten in two races at the meet, winning a maiden race on June 2 before cruising to a first-level allowance win on June 24.

"We'll put her in the stakes and see what happens," said trainer Vickie Oliver. "We'll keep her going two turns, because it looks like that's where she seems most effective."

Completing the field are Bianco, Officer in Pursuit, Wine Diva, Ethan's Car, Adhrhythm, and Lady Marlboro.

Top Ten List a key figure in stakes

The 10-race card also includes the $60,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes for fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

Top Ten List is a key contender following a nose loss in the Candy Eclair Stakes at five furlongs on the turf at Delaware Park.

Jazzy, an Argentine-bred mare who started her career in South Africa, will make her U.S. debut, adding Lasix for the first time.

Cable Boy's work postponed

With a sloppy track in the offing on Thursday, trainer John Forbes postponed a planned workout for the undefeated Cable Boy until Friday.

The colt will work between races in preparation for the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 5.

"We would have loved to have done it today," Forbes said. "We'd rather have a little bit better racetrack on Friday."

Cable Boy has run three times, all at this meet. His last outing was a 3 3/4-length victory in the Coronado's Quest Stakes on June 24.

Forbes and longtime assistant Pat McBurney opted to skip the Long Branch Stakes last weekend, the traditional Haskell prep. A son of Jump Start, Cable Boy will be trained up to the Haskell.

Since the latest victory, Cable Boy has breezed twice, most recently a mile on July 13 in 1:39.60.

"We've only had a handful of horses that could work a mile that fast," Forbes said. "I was blown away by that work. The next day, we couldn't hold him on the ground."

Pure Disco repeats in Goldfinch

After Pure Disco got beaten by a scant nose in the Monmouth's Klassy Briefcase Stakes on the turf, trainer Tony Wilson was supremely confident the 4-year-old filly was sitting on win.

Switching back to the main track and facing New Jersey-breds after two open stakes, Pure Disco ($5.20) delivered the victory Thursday in the $60,000 Goldfinch Handicap.

Quickly taking charge with Daniel Centeno aboard, Pure Disco rolled to a 5 1/4-length win for her second straight Goldfinch win.

It was the first win in four starts this season for Pure Disco following three narrow stakes loses.

"It was a little frustrating, because I just couldn't wait for her to get it together," Wilson said. "I knew after that turf performance she was ready to win anywhere."

Jenny Bean Girl rallied for second with Solar Powered third.

The time was 1:08.53 for the six furlongs on the muddy, drying-out track.