08/13/2002 11:00PM

Fast work indicates Include ready to run

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - With a quick final workout Wednesday for the Grade 2 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth this Sunday, Include has seemed to shake off any rust left over from an 11-week layoff heading into a campaign that will lead to the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 26.

Grade 1 winner Include, the probable favorite in the $350,000 Iselin, drilled four furlongs in a rapid 46.60 seconds at Laurel Park, the best of 21 at the distance. Trainer Bud Delp said he was pleased with Include's workout.

"He did it just perfect," Delp said. "I was looking for something around 47 seconds. The track was fast, but he did it very nicely."

Include finished up strongly in the workout, clocking the last furlong in 11.40, Delp said, and seems primed for a big return to the races since last running June 1 in the Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs. Delp said Include, winner of the Grade 1 Pimlico Special last year, came out of the Mass Cap with some mucus in his lungs, and was given time to recuperate.

"I'm looking forward to running him," Delp said. "He's bounced back really good and the Iselin is an ideal spot to come back in."

Delp said if 120-pound highweight Include runs well in the Iselin, he would run next in either the Woodward on Sept. 7 or the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 28 as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 26. Include will ship to Monmouth on Saturday morning, Delp said, and will be ridden by regular rider Jerry Bailey.

Gerosa, seventh in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile on July 27, was an addition to the field Wednesday. Gerosa fired a bullet workout Tuesday, working five furlongs in

59 seconds with regular rider Eddie King aboard, the best of 11 at the distance. Gerosa has been plagued by injuries his entire career, winning his four career starts over two years before running in the Salvator. Trainer John Forbes said the Salvator was simply a prep for the Iselin.

"The only reason to run in the Salvator was to get him ready for the Iselin," Forbes said. "He had to have a race in between. We'll really find about him this time around."

Also expected are Bowman's Band, Cat's at Home, First Lieutenant, and Free of Love. Tempest Fugit will enter in the race, trainer Jason Servis said, but is unlikely to run.

Smok'n Frolic heads Oaks lineup

A field of five is expected for Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks at nine furlongs, Monmouth's premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Todd Pletcher had intended on sending Bronze Autumn for the Oaks, but instead will send Smok'n Frolic, according to Monmouth racing officials. Smok'n Frolic will be the lone graded stakes winner in the field and the likely favorite. She had mixed success on the turf in her last two starts, and returns to the dirt Saturday with main track wins in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 Tempted at Belmont last year. She is winless in three starts this year as a 3-year-old.

Alternate, trained by Graham Motion, ran second in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in her last start and should vie for favoritism with Smok'n Frolic.

Also expected are Magic Storm and Sixtyone Margaux, with Whoop's Ah Daisy as a possibility. Hollywood Oaks winner Adoration had been a possibility, but trainer David Hofmans took her out of consideration Wednesday.

Magic Storm has an allowance and maiden win in seven career starts for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Sixtyone Margaux won the Serena's Song Stakes here June 22.

The Oaks has produced the last two Breeders' Cup Distaff winners, Spain (2000) and Unbridled Elaine (2001), but is unlikely to do so this year. With the race date moved back three weeks, it now runs up against the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga the same day and has drawn a significantly weaker field than previous years.

Clearly a Queen may race again

Clearly a Queen, who suffered a fractured left sesamoid while winning the Grade 3 Eatontown on Aug. 4, underwent successful surgery Monday and her racing future looks bright, trainer Terri Pompay said.

Clearly a Queen was operated on by Dr. Beth Hogan of the New Jersey Equine Clinic on Monday, and the surgery consisted of shaving off the top of the sesamoid and cutting the attachments, Pompay said. Hogan told Pompay the joint looked great and that she was happy with the outcome of the surgery. Clearly a Queen returned from the clinic back to Pompay's barn Tuesday morning.

The recuperation time for 5-year-old Clearly a Queen, a two-time Grade 3 winner on the turf this meet, is four weeks of stall rest and then three weeks of walking, Pompay said, before being put back into training.

"If she comes back all right then we'll keep going with her," Pompay said. "We wanted to give her a shot to race again."

The fracture of the sesamoid was at the top part, which Pompay said Hogan told her was a common injury with standardbreds. Since there was no joint involvement, the prognosis was good for a successful surgery and return to the races.

DeCarlo launches comeback

Jockey Chris DeCarlo, off since fracturing the L1 vertebrate in his lower spine in a spill at Gulfstream Park on April 11, will return to the races Friday, agent Joe Burdo said.

DeCarlo has been working horses at Monmouth for 3 1/2 weeks since being cleared to resume riding. DeCarlo was enjoying a solid Gulfstream meeting, with such stakes wins as the $250,000 Aventura Stakes aboard Marasca, before suffering the injury in a spill in the final race on April 11.

DeCarlo won 20 races in 164 mounts at Monmouth last year, 12th in the jockey standings, and will look to pick up steam heading into The Meadow-lands meet.

* Holiday Road was a stakes winner in Argentina, and ran fifth in his United States debut for trainer Eddie Gaudet here Aug. 3. He made a late run for fifth, but has every right to improve in Friday's featured ninth race, a two-other-than allowance at one mile and 70 yards. Holiday Road will break pace from the inside post in a field of eight.

* Lojo, trained by Tim Hills, breezed five furlongs in 1:05.20 on the turf course around the dogs Wednesday morning in preparation for the $65,000 Post Deb Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf Sunday. Lojo is 2 for 2 on the turf since being moved there June 21 by Hills, and her last race came in an entry-level allowance July 14.