09/13/2006 12:00AM

Funny Cide in Brooklyn off short rest


ELMONT, N.Y. - Having gotten little out of his race in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga and with nothing seemingly amiss physically, Funny Cide will wheel back on short notice in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Brooklyn Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park.

Cornelio Velasquez worked Funny Cide five furlongs on Tuesday and though the final time of 1:02.36 was slower than the gelding normally works, Velasquez told trainer Barclay Tagg that everything went well.

"I had him in the Kentucky Horse Park by the time he got to the gap, but when I got back to the barn [Velasquez] he was so excited," Tagg said. "I said to him 'What's wrong with him?' He said, 'I just eased up on him, the race is on Saturday.' "

Tagg said Velasquez would ride Funny Cide in the Brooklyn, replacing Richard Migliore who had ridden Funny Cide in his last five starts.

"It has nothing to do with Migliore at all," Tagg said. "We're just trying everything different, wondering if a change would make a difference. He looks good, he's feeling good, he's acting good."

The last time Funny Cide ran back on two weeks' rest, he won the Preakness following his victory in the Kentucky Derby.

The Brooklyn doesn't figure to come up with as strong a field the Woodward. Among those being pointed to the race are Wanderin Boy, Good Reward, Awesome Twist, We Can Seek, and Reverberate.

Tagg also nominated Auguri to the Brooklyn, but the 5-year-old Argentine-bred is not Breeders' Cup- nominated, meaning he would be running for only $100,000. Since Auguri prefers distances longer than 1 1/8 miles, he will be pointed to the $100,000 Kelso Stakes at Delaware on Sept. 30. The Kelso is run at 1 3/16 miles.

Stormy Kiss tops Floral Park

Tagg will also be represented in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Floral Park Handicap with Stormy Kiss, who was assigned co-highweight of 118 pounds for the six-furlong race.

Stormy Kiss won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga on Aug. 4, before finishing third, beaten 10 lengths by Dubai Escapade, in the Grade 1 Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Aug. 27.

Stormy Kiss did not show her customary early speed in the Ballerina. It probably wouldn't have mattered though, as Dubai Escapade broke on top and led every step of the way in winning the race by 8 1/2 lengths.

"She was well overmatched," Tagg said. "[The Floral Park] looks like a good spot for her."

Stormy Kiss worked an easy half-mile in 50.62 seconds on Wednesday.

Trainer Allen Jerkens may run two horses in the Floral Park, including Test winner Swap Fliparoo, who on Wednesday worked five furlongs in 1:02.02. Swap Fliparoo suffered an injured ankle while training for a possible start in the Ballerina.

"She's doing great so far,'' Jerkens said.

Jerkens is also planning to run Grecian Lover, who ran poorly in two starts at Saratoga, including a seventh-place finish in the Ballerina. She also finished fourth in the Honorable Miss.

Jerkens said the Ballerina was a puzzling performance for the 4-year-old daughter of Friendly Lover. Jockey John Velazquez told Jerkens "she didn't have anything when she turned for home.''

Others pointing to the Floral Park are For All We Know, Great Intentions, Ever Elusive, Indian Flare, and Spirited Game.

Showing Up: BC Mile or Turf?

Tagg on Wednesday reiterated his desire to point Showing Up to the Breeders' Cup, but he isn't sure in which turf race his promising 3-year-old would run. Believed to be headed to the $3 million Turf at 1 1/2 miles, Showing Up is now under consideration for the $2 million Mile.

Tagg noted Showing Up's performances in winning a one-mile, first-level allowance race on dirt at Gulfstream in the colt's second start and his victory in the Lexington Stakes, also on dirt, at 1 1/16 miles, as reasons why he is considering the Mile.

"I don't think he'd be any slouch at a mile,'' Tagg said. "I could make a good case for it. He's got a good turn of foot.''

Pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup are due on Oct. 23 and will be announced two days later. While rules permit a horse to be pre-entered in more than one race, Tagg indicated that he would likely make a firm decision by pre-entry time.

Naughty New Yorker wins MacArthur

The five-day delay in carding the General Douglas MacArthur Handicap worked out nicely for trainer Pat Kelly, who saddled Naughty New Yorker to a 1 3/4-length upset of odds-on favorite West Virginia in the $105,100 stakes race for New York-breds.

Kelly would not have run Naughty New Yorker had the race gone as scheduled on Sept. 8 because it would have meant running back in six days following a ninth-place finish in the Woodward. But when the race failed to fill for that day and failed again to go last Sunday, Kelly informed the racing office he would run if the race went on Wednesday.

The race drew six entries but went with five when Indian Hawke scratched. Taking advantage of a ground-saving ride from Edgar Prado, Naughty New Yorker rallied inside of Organizer and easily outfinished West Virginia to get the win. West Virginia, the 1-2 favorite, settled for second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Organizer. Spite the Devil and Lord Langfuhr completed the order of finish.

"We couldn't run back in a week,'' said Kelly, who won the 1986 MacArthur with Romancer. "He bounced back out of the Woodward good, and he finally got a dry track at Belmont.''

Naughty New Yorker, a 4-year-old son of Quiet American, covered the mile in 1:35.76 and returned $13.20. This was the first time in the MacArthur's 24-year history that it was run at one mile. The top four finishers will most likely meet again in the $250,000 Empire Classic here on Oct. 21.

* Ballerina winner Dubai Escapade breezed four furlongs in 48.26 seconds Tuesday morning at Belmont. Trainer Eoin Harty said no decision has been made on where the multiple stakes-winning filly would make her next start.