09/23/2002 11:00PM

Golden Corona lightens up

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ELMONT, N.Y. - After running Golden Corona in four consecutive graded stakes, trainer Joe Orseno hopes he has found an easier spot for her Thursday in a nine-furlong classified allowance race over Belmont Park's inner turf course.

In the spring and early summer, Golden Corona was quite competitive in graded stakes company, finishing second behind Voodoo Dancer in the Beaugay; third, beaten a head, by Tweedside in the Sheepshead Bay; and second, beaten a neck, to Secret River in the All Along Breeders' Cup at Colonial Downs.

She regressed, however, in the Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga, finishing last, beaten 14 1/2 lengths by Owsley. Orseno believes the three-turn race was confusing to Golden Corona, who made an early move from eighth to fourth and tired.

Jockey Richard Migliore, said Orseno, "had her where he wanted her. All of a sudden a horse, the eventual winner, made a move we thought was a premature move around the first turn. Our horse went with her, and it was way too soon for our horse. She just made a premature move from around the first turn to the second turn and had nothing left."

Golden Corona should benefit from the turn back from 1 3/8 to 1 1/8 miles Thursday. Golden Corona is 3 for 6 at the distance, while the remainder of the field is 2 for 12 combined.

Migliore will again be aboard Golden Corona, breaking from post 6.

Trainer Allen Jerkens brings Shooting Party back just six days after she chased the pace and faded to ninth in the Grade 3 Violet Handicap at The Meadowlands. Her previous effort on turf came in a seven-furlong classified allowance race, which she won by three-quarters of a length over the stubborn Dat You Miz Blue.

In two tries at nine furlongs, Shooting Party was second in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap and third in the Grade 3 Pebbles Handicap, both run over this turf course last fall.

New Jersey-based trainer Terri Pompay is 1-1-0 with two shippers at this meet. Thursday, she sends out Cocktailsandreams, a late-running mare who has finished in the money in 17 of 20 career starts. She finished second at 14-1 to Silver Rail in a $75,000 claiming race at Saratoga.

Jerry Bailey rides Cocktailsandreams from the rail.

Brandala, a New York-bred daughter of Compliance, defeated open company in a third-level allowance race at Delaware three starts back. She has run well at the distance and figures to be a solid price. Jose Santos rides.

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