10/08/2003 12:00AM

Hurricane Shockey may try grass


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hurricane Shockey could be a 2-year-old on the move this weekend.

Trainer Jim Ryerson is considering two races for him: the $40,000 World Appeal at The Meadowlands on Friday night and the $100,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday afternoon.

The World Appeal, at a mile and 70 yards on the turf, would be Hurricane Shockey's first race on grass. The Dover, at one mile on the dirt, will offer more money but requires a longer ship from Ryerson's training base at Monmouth Park.

"I really don't know what to think about the turf," said Ryerson. "We know he definitely wants some distance."

In his first two starts, Hurricane Shockey finished second and third in sprints at Monmouth. In his third start, he won a mile and 70-yard maiden race by 4 1/4 lengths.

Jersey Giant looking to rebound

Jersey Giant came out of The Meadowlands Cup in good shape, according to Ryerson, his trainer.

A 4-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding, Jersey Giant ran well in open stakes company, with a second in the Salvator Mile and a third in the Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth.

He challenged for the lead down the backstretch of the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup before fading to last in the six-horse field.

"We'll give him about a month and then pick out a spot," said Ryerson. "It doesn't look like he'll race at The Meadowlands but probably Aqueduct or Delaware.

"He's been running hard all year. He's faced some very nice horses this year and has been running very well."

Whoop's Ah Daisy keeps rolling

Owner Gerry Sleeter has no explanation for Whoop's Ah Daisy's dramatic improvement, but the turnaround has been a welcome development.

After finishing no better than sixth in four starts this summer, Whoop's Ah Daisy bounced back with a pair of sharp victories in her last two starts. The most recent triumph came Tuesday afternoon here, in a $30,000 optional claiming race.

Sleeter has an eye on the $40,000 Girl Powder Handicap for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares here on Oct. 18 as the next start for Whoop's Ah Daisy, a 4-year-old homebred mare.