08/25/2006 12:00AM

Gilded Gold back home after a rough trip


OCEANPORT, N.J. - After Gilded Gold traveled a long way for little reward, trainer Alan Goldberg hopes for better luck and a cleaner trip closer to home Sunday at Monmouth Park in the $80,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes for fillies and mare at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

Gilded Gold most recently went to Calder for the $250,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Championship. The 6-year-old mare was the even-money favorite, but found nothing but trouble.

Gilded Gold, who normally sets the pace, wound up eighth in the 10-horse field and ran into traffic when she tried to rally.

"I don't know what happened leaving there," Goldberg said. "Then she got squeezed, and later a horse came out and carried her to the middle of the track. It was a throw-out race. It was a long way to go for nothing."

Daisy for Rubiano, another Incredible Revenge starter, pulled off a 22-1 upset most recently in capturing the Slavic Light Stakes at Delaware Park.

"She is pretty quick from the gate," said trainer Michael Pino. "It worked out that she hung in there and got it done."

A 4-year-old filly, Daisy for Rubiano has turned her game around since running for a $14,000 tag at Pimlico in May. She won easily in that spot and has a record of 2-1-1 in 4 starts since then.

"She came off the layoff and her first race back was awful," Pino said. "We thought we'd run her where she warranted to run at that time."

Rock Lobster heads Choice field

Rock Lobster, the beaten favorite in the Jersey Derby, faces six rivals in the $80,000 Choice Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Trained by Michael Dickinson, Rock Lobster missed by a nose in Jersey Derby. Joe Bravo, Monmouth's leading rider, has the return call.

Rock Lobster earned a stakes victory earlier this year when he beat Extra Bend by three-quarters of a length in the Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico.

Electrify makes his turf debut in this spot. He most recently tackled some of the leading 3-year-olds in Monmouth's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, finishing fifth at 27-1.

L E's Marq has been very consistent, logging four wins in his last five races.

Extra Bend to wait for Paterson

Trainer Scott Volk opted to skip the Choice with Extra Bend, a hard-luck third in the Jersey Derby.

Pinched badly at the break, Extra Bend rallied from far back to miss by a head.

"He got banged around pretty good," Volk said. "We're going to have to wait for the Paterson. We're going to give him the extra time to heal up."

The Paterson, for 3-year-olds on the turf, is set for Oct. 6 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Friel's for Real steps up in Molly Pitcher

Friel's for Real, winner of Monmouth's Lady's Secret Stakes on Aug. 6, steps up Sunday to face a solid field that includes Grade 1 winner Round Pond in the Grade 2, $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Stakes.

"This is a tougher spot," said trainer Ned Allard. "She's so good right now that I look for her to run her race. She ran a monster race last time, and we think she'll give us the same race this time."

Friel's for Real drew off to a 5 1/2-length win over Capeside Lady, last year's Molly Pitcher winner.

Friel's for Real is unbeaten in two Monmouth appearances, winning the last two editions of the Lady's Secret.

"I thought she was coming into that last race super," Allard said. "Then, she ran super."

* Juan Serey, Monmouth's leading trainer from 1995 through 1999, won three races Friday afternoon.