09/15/2004 11:00PM

Happy ending for Feline Story?


ELMONT, N.Y. - Feline Story appears to have found the right spot to turn her fortunes around when she heads a field of five fillies and mares entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Floral Park Handicap at Belmont Park.

After a disappointing summer at Saratoga, returns to Belmont, where she has two wins and three narrow losses from seven starts. Trainer Stanley Hough is hoping for improved behavior at the gate from his 4-year-old filly.

"Her last couple of races she got off bad," said Hough, referring to Feline Story's 11th-place finish in the Test and her third in the Victory Ride. In the Victory Ride, Hough said, the slow start "took her out of the race. If she had broke good, she'd have been right there."

Hough said he has done some extra gate work with Feline Story since the Victory Ride and she has behaved well. On Thursday, Feline Story worked four furlongs in 49.27 seconds over the Belmont training track. She did not work from the gate.

A wet track, which is a possibility, shouldn't hurt Feline Story. As a 2-year-old, Feline Story won her maiden by 11 1/2 lengths in the Belmont slop. Hough said it was the trip, not the muddy track, that compromised Feline Story in the Grade 1 Test.

Feline Story, the only 3-year-old in the field, will break from the outside under Edgar Prado.

Hough also has entered Travelator in the six-furlong Floral Park, though she is not certain to run. Travelator finished fifth of six in the $200,000 Endine Handicap at Delaware Park last Saturday. Travelator has run well on wet tracks. She is also eligible for the restricted $100,000 Schenectady Handicap here on Sept. 26.

New York-breds Cologny and Sensibly Chic figure to battle it out on the front end. Sensibly Chic has not raced since winning an open-company second-level allowance in the mud at Aqueduct in April. She has since been transferred to the Maryland-based trainer Tim Tullock.

Hidden Ransom would benefit from a contested pace. Her best race was a victory in a third-level allowance race in the slop at Gulfstream in January.