12/15/2004 12:00AM

Grand Slam filled with options

Bill Straus
Humaita is the starting highweight in Saturday's La Prevoyante 'Cap.

MIAMI - Saturday's Grand Slam II figures to be a bettor's delight with each of the four stakes races on the card offering full and evenly matched fields that should test the skills of even the most accomplished handicappers.

The Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap drew a field of 13 filly and mare long-distance specialists, of which only 12 can start. The Grade 2 attracted a dozen entries, although one member of the field was entered for dirt only. The Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap also lured a full field of 12, and the seven-furlong Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap drew 11 entrants. The four stakes will be part of a special pick-4 wager offering a guaranteed $250,000 pool.

Trainer Graham Motion, who won the 2002 La Prevoyante with New Economy, will send out Humaita as the starting highweight under 119 pounds for the 1 1/2-mile grass fixture. A Grade 3 winner earlier in the season, Humaita is coming off a game victory over Aud in Keeneland's 1 1/2-mile Dowager Stakes, decided over a soft course. She was defeated only two lengths in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Handicap on Oct. 2.

Humaita will concede from 2 to 6 pounds to a field that includes Arvada, from the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel, as well as Grade 3 stakes winners Savebythelight, Something Ventured, and Derrianne.

Arvada finished third when stretching out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap. An English-bred, Arvada had captured a division of Saratoga's Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap in her previous start.

"I thought she would be on the lead, but she really didn't have any excuse in her last race," said Frankel. "She just got outrun by the winner."

Literacy, who outfinished Arvada for second in the Long Island Handicap, has also shipped in for the La Prevoyante.

Motion will also send out the starting highweight, Dr. Brendler, in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight. Dr. Brendler will share his 116-pound impost with the red-hot Dreadnaught in a race where only six pounds separate the two top weights from the low weights.

Dr. Brendler, a Grade 2 winner who will be making only his third start since returning from a 14-month layoff, has a second-place finish under allowance conditions at Keeneland on Oct. 15. He is looking to bounce back from a disappointing effort behind Dreadnaught in the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap on Nov. 20.

Dreadnaught outgamed Certifiably Crazy to win the Red Smith by a nose and has now won two of his last three starts for trainer Tom Voss. His only setback during that streak was a neck loss to Macaw in the John Henry Stakes at The Meadowlands.

Both Certifiably Crazy and Macaw are also among the leading contenders in the McKnight.

A Huevo will try to stretch his abundant speed to 1 1/8 miles in the Fred Hooper and will likely go off a slight favorite under co-highweight of 117 pounds. Super Frolic will carry the same weight as A Huevo, five less than he carried to a popular victory in an overnight stakes here three weeks earlier.

Grade 3 winners Pies Prospect, Scooter Roach, and Twilight Road are among the other notable members of the field. Scooter Roach was cross-entered in the McKnight, and trainer David Fawkes cross-entered Twilight Road in the Kenny Noe.

Weigelia, with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard, may be the slight favorite to win the Noe, although he will have to do so from the tough inside post and as the highweight. Along with Twilight Road, the opposition includes California invaders Hasty Kris and Kristine's King, multiple graded stakes winner Medallist, and speedster Coach Jimi Lee. The Noe also marks the return of Grade 1 winner Silver Wagon, who has not started since finishing third in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 14.