09/02/2003 11:00PM

France Soir possible for Lighthouse Stakes


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Alan Goldberg has made few mistakes at Monmouth Park this year.

Goldberg has sent out 11 winners from only 40 runners at the meet, with 11 more of his horses hitting the board.

Based on that record, handicappers should take note if Goldberg opts to run France Soir in the $50,000 Lighthouse Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday at Monmouth.

He was undecided when asked about the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes.

France Soir last raced in Monmouth's Grade 3 Matchmaker Handicap, in which she proved no factor. "It [the opposition] was a little deep," Goldberg said. "She didn't get the best of trips. I thought she'd run a little bit better"

France Soir was moving in the right direction prior to the Matchmaker, with a win and a second.

Goldberg would like to find a longer race, but will keep his options open in the event that the Lighthouse comes up light in terms of competition.

Other possible Lighthouse entrants include Cocktailsandreams, Lady Linda, Silver Rail, Twilights Prayer, Midnight Delight, and Title Nine.

Bravo lands seat on Shower Scene

Shower Scene, a 3-year-old daughter of Bates Motel, has had seven different riders aboard in her eight-race career.

Shower Scene gains another new pilot for Friday's $32,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at six furlongs. This time, leading rider Joe Bravo will be in the irons.

The filly won her maiden two starts back at Delaware Park for trainer Allen Iwinski. She was fractious in the starting gate but settled nicely in the race and drew off to a decisive win.

She followed that with an allowance effort in the slop at Monmouth. She pressed the pace in that race before fading to fifth.

From Shower Scene's rail post position, Bravo should have the option of either attacking the pace or opting for a stalking trip.

Catlike Dancer, from the Linda Rice barn, could be the one to catch, especially on a wet track. She won her maiden in her debut in the slop at Monmouth in May. She again caught slop for her latest, a game pacesetting effort in which she was beaten by three-quarters of a length in a claimer at Saratoga.

Paper Mountain has shown an affinity for Monmouth in two starts. She was second in her debut after a bobbling start and promptly won her maiden next time out.