05/29/2003 12:00AM

Hennie's Song has big shoes to fill


Can lightning strike twice in the same place? Owners Phillip and Marcia Cohen, and their trainer, Steve Klesaris, sure hope so.

Two years ago, the Cohens and Klesaris were partners in the ownership of Booklet. As a 2-year-old, Booklet won the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park and the In Reality Stakes at Calder, then was sold to John Oxley, who turned him over to trainer John Ward. During his 3-year-old season in 2002, Booklet won the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth, both at Gulfstream Park, and ran second in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. Booklet, now 4, was recently retired from racing.

The Cohens and Klesaris have another potential young star following in Booklet's footsteps in the 3-year-old filly Hennie's Song.

A daughter of Unbridled, Hennie's Song has won her first three starts by a combined margin of 14 1/4 lengths.

Klesaris said Hennie's Song is still green but that he believes the time has come to move her up to stakes company. He has entered her in Saturday's $100,000 Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware, a 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade 3, $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 19.

But Hennie's Song's status for the Go for Wand is uncertain as Klesaris is reluctant to run her back just 11 days after her last start.

"At this point, to run against older fillies in a three-other-than allowance would not be to our advantage," Klesaris said. "I would rather run her in a 3-year-old filly stakes, which would certainly be easier and worth more. Even though she is still somewhat green, we still need to try it."

Hennie's Song is also nominated to the June 6 Acorn at Belmont Park.

"We are still not sure what stakes we will run her in next," Klesaris said.

In her most recent start and two-turn debut on May 20, Hennie's Song briefly surrendered the lead after six furlongs in a one-mile second-level allowance race, only to surge right back to the front. She then turned back a strong bid from a rival in midstretch and drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Her effort was worth an 83 Beyer Speed Figure.

"She definitely has some very good talent," Klesaris said. "The other day, when that horse went by her, it was like she just said 'Okay, let's get it on.' It's really something that you don't see very often. Even in her prior race, at the five-sixteenths pole she got dirt kicked her face and then backed out, but then came on again. That was special."

City Sister tries two turns

New York-based City Sister, who comes out of a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont Park earlier this month, looks like the horse to beat in the Go for Wand.

Trained by Mark Hennig, City Sister will be making her first start beyond seven furlongs. She has won 2 of 3 starts this year, including a seven-length romp against first-level allowance company at Aqueduct in April.

Boxer Girl has very similar credentials. Like City Sister, Boxer Girl has been racing primarily at seven furlongs, a distance at which she is 2 for 3 this season. Boxer Girl has not raced since finishing third in the Grade 3 Cicada at Aqueduct in late March.

Trainer Graham Motion may run two fillies - Coquettish and Emotional Storm. Coquettish finished last of four as the favorite in the Caesar's Wish at Pimlico a month ago, but her performance was hindered by a twisted and bent shoe.

Emotional Storm, who will be making her stakes debut, is Motion's insurance policy if the track comes up wet. Motion said Coquettish will scratch if the track is anything except fast.

* Jockey Clinton Potts will be sidelined an estimated six to eight weeks after he broke both collarbones, punctured a lung, and broke several ribs in a training-related accident at the track last Saturday morning.