08/30/2003 12:00AM

Getaway angle? Sharp Impact


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin would like to conclude the 2003 Saratoga meeting the same way he finished up the 2002 stand - with a victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Saranac Handicap.

Last year, McLaughlin won the race with Ibn al Haitham, who was coming off a maiden win earlier in the meet. Monday, McLaughlin sends out Sharp Impact, the only stakes winner in the six-horse field.

The Saranac, for 3-year-olds at 1 3/16 miles on the turf, is the featured event on an 11-race card that concludes the 36-day Saratoga meet. Following a three-day break, racing switches to Belmont Park on Friday.

Sharp Impact, a son of Siphon, won the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Belmont, leading every step of the way to win by a half-length. Three weeks later, he set the pace in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes, but faded to seventh, beaten 11 1/4 lengths. The Lexington was on firm ground, the Hall of Fame on yielding turf.

"We think he didn't like the yielding turf. He was bobbling as soon as he let him go," McLaughlin said. "He's doing well."

Eibar Coa will ride Sharp Impact Monday because Richard Migliore, Sharp Impact's regular rider, will be at Philadelphia Park to ride Tafaseel in the Pennsylvania Derby. Though Sharp Impact won the Lexington in gate-to-wire fashion, Migliore has suggested that he may be better with a target to run at.

"He thought he would do well if he's covered up, but if he's the lone speed he may be on the lead again," McLaughlin said.

Sharp Impact will be coupled in the wagering with Burchfield, as both horses are owned by Darley Stable. Burchfield, trained by Tom Albertrani, won his turf debut in gate-to-wire fashion earlier this month here.

"There wasn't much speed in the race, he was drawn inside, and he took advantage of it," Albertrani said. "He certainly deserves a chance in there. It's a big step up, but, it looks like it's going to be a light spot and hopefully we pick up a little black type."

Five Eighty Four chased Burchfield home in the allowance race, and just missed catching him after altering course in the stretch. Urban King, a one-run closer, has hit the board in three stakes for Bobby Frankel, and gets Jerry Bailey for the first time.

Shoal Water, who finished second to Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine, ships down for trainer Mark Frostad and picks up John Velazquez. Regal Bear completes the field.