10/26/2006 12:00AM

Ferraro seeks four-peat


Trainer M. Anthony Ferraro has won the last three runnings of the Finger Lakes Juvenile, and is well-positioned to make it four in a row with South Fourth St. on Saturday.

The six-furlong Juvenile, the final stakes of the season at Finger Lakes, drew a field of seven 2-year-olds, including a coupled entry from trainer Charlton Baker.

South Fourth St. easily won his career debut locally and will add Lasix for his second start.

It will be interesting to see whether jockey Robert Messina sticks with South Fourth St. or opts to ride Lunatrick for trainer Sal Iorio Jr.

Competing at Belmont and Saratoga, Lunatrick was mediocre in his first six starts before breaking through with a wire-to-wire win going seven furlongs at Belmont on Sept. 30. His 77 Beyer Speed Figure marked a 14-point improvement from his previous sprint and is easily the best figure in the Juvenile field.

Messina has been aboard for all but one of Lunatrick's six starts.

The pedigree play in the race is Head Master D, a son of Dance Master out of the mare Inthemiddleofitall. Head Master D, who has won 2 of 3 starts, all at Mountaineer, is a half-brother to Slew Motion, a filly who won 2 of 3 starts in northern California at 2 and finished second at 3 in the Grade 2 Nassau County Stakes.