08/30/2005 11:00PM

A good mix of potential, experience for Pletcher


OCEANPORT, N.J. - One filly has untapped potential; the other has the edge in experience. Together, Unobstructed View and Fantast give trainer Todd Pletcher a solid duo for the $100,000 Sorority Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

A six-furlong race, the Sorority is the top 2-year-old filly stakes of the season and highlights the holiday weekend on the Jersey Shore.

Unobstructed View has trained all summer at Monmouth. She has made only one start, on Aug. 4, when she won her maiden at Saratoga.

Fantast makes her fourth start Saturday. She won first time out at Monmouth in early June and followed with two stakes efforts, finishing fourth in Astoria at Belmont Park and third in the Colleen.

"They are both training well," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "We have always liked Unobstructed View, even when she was getting ready for the maiden win."

Other likely Sorority runners, according to stakes coordinator Mike Melendez, include Dazzling Dot, Keeneland Kat, Plutonic, Wild Gams, and Winning Toast.

Bravo okay to ride in Pa. Derby

Joe Bravo got clearance from his doctors to return Monday to ride Network for owner-trainer Eddie Broome in the Grade 2, $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park on Labor Day.

Bravo suffered a broken collarbone in a spill at Monmouth last month. According to agent Danny Mellul, Bravo will resume at full schedule at Monmouth starting Sept. 8.

Bravo is still the leading rider at the meet as he bids for an 11th Monmouth title.

Elliott begins serving suspension

Jockey Stewart Elliott, second to Bravo in the standings, started a three-day suspension Wednesday for stretch interference aboard Peligroso in the ninth race Aug. 26. Peligroso finished third and was placed fourth.

Additional suspensions will sideline Elliott for the start of The Meadowlands meet, which begins Sept. 30. Elliott withdrew an appeal of a three-day suspension incurred last year at The Meadowlands. He will serve those days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The Monmouth stewards, who heard the appeal, deemed it frivolous and added three additional days, which Elliott will serve Oct. 4-6.

Julian Pimentel received a three-day suspension for careless riding aboard Adjust in the sixth race Aug. 21. Adjust was disqualified from the win and placed second. The suspension runs Sept. 3-5.

New president of horsemen's group

Dennis Drazin was elected president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, in results announced Tuesday.

Drazin, an owner and breeder who had served as the organization's legislative counsel, defeated trainer Bob Durso, 342 votes to 112, in the mail ballots returned by the membership. Drazin will serve a three-year term.

The election also filled the 10 seats on the board of directors, split evenly between trainers and owners.

In the trainer category, John Forbes and Bill Anderson were reelected. They will be joined by Tim Hills, Jason Servis, and Jim Ryerson.

The owners who were elected are Joseph Birbaum, Sam Fieramosca, Richard Malouf, A. Fred Maffeo, and Jacob Schoor. There were no holdovers in that category.

Drazin files appeal on Iselin

Drazin, the owner of Zoffinger, appealed the outcome of Sunday's Grade 3, $250,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap to the New Jersey Racing Commission.

West Virginia finished first, beating Zoffinger by one length, but drifted into Zoffinger's path in the stretch. Eddie King Jr., Zoffinger's rider, claimed foul, but after a review, the stewards let the order of finish stand.

"We lost momentum and were coming on again at the end," Drazin said.

The commission will refer the dispute to an administrative law judge to conduct a hearing and issue a decision. The judge's decision goes to the full commission, which can accept, reject, or modify the ruling.

After the Tone looks rejuvenated

A break of almost two months did After the Tone a world of good.

Trained by Mark Hennig, she ran poorly in her first start of the meet in mid-June. She returned Aug. 10 and put up a much better fight, missing by a head and posting a Beyer Speed Figure of 86, the best last-race number in Friday's $44,000 optional claiming feature for fillies and mares.