10/30/2003 12:00AM

If 'Lenny' can make it there . . .


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Lenny the Lender may be doing business in the Big Apple.

Owner-trainer Dick Jukosky has nominated Lenny the Lender, a Fort Erie-based 7-year-old gelding, to the 1 3/8 mile Red Smith Handicap. The Grade 2, $150,000 turf stakes will be run at Aqueduct Nov. 22.

Lenny the Lender, claimed for $7,500 two years ago, is still looking for his first win this year. But he has 2003 earnings of $95,690, most of it accumulated in his three second-place finishes.

Lenny the Lender has been pounding on the door of a stakes win lately. In the Grade 2 Sky Classic at Woodbine Sept. 28 he finished a nose short of victory in a controversial finish.

The stewards ruled Lenny the Lender was interfered with, but a shade past the wire in the 1 3/8-mile race. Jukosky has appealed the decision. The victor that day was Bowman Mill, who since has run fourth in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International.

Lenny the Lender also finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the 1 1/4-mile Chief Bearhart at Woodbine Oct. 19.

"He came out of the race very strong," said Jukosky. "I think if the race had of been longer we would've won. He's much better at 1 3/8 miles - that's the distance for the Red Smith."

Jukosky is also eying the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory at Woodbine on Nov. 30 as an alternative to the Red Smith. He believes Lenny the Lender can also handle the dirt. Jukosky said Lenny the Lender has improved with the arrival of cool weather and the resolution of a stomach problem.

"The stakes coordinator at New York told me my horse would fit the race very well," he said. "Normally, all the big horses go south after the Breeders' Cup. You might get one that is on his way back to Europe."

Biamonte on a roll

Trainer Ralph Biamonte is hot.

Biamonte, who splits his stable between Woodbine and Fort Erie, won three of his four races here this past week and finished second once.

"Everything I run seems to win," said Biamonte. "The previous week I ran three - won two and was second in the other."

Fleet Deed, a $14,000 claim by Biamonte from Myckie Neubauer in May, has won each of his last four starts, all at the $7,500 level.

"[Fleet Deed] was running well for Myckie, but not for me at the start," said Biamonte, who now has 25 wins here. "After her second start we almost shipped her to the farm but tried her again."

Fleet Deed was claimed from her last win, and now is owned by Donnie Fishman and trained by Samuel Quaranta.

Pembroke Hall takes a break

Crack quarter-miler Pembroke Hall is through for the year. A 6-year-old gelding, Pembroke Hall won all six of his starts this year, each at two furlongs.

Trainer Don MacRae claimed Pembroke Hall from his fifth win, on July 29, for Darryl Jackson. The price was $21,000.

Jackson could only race him once. Other races Pembroke Hall entered didn't fill.

"[Pembroke Hall] had a couple of works and he bled," said Jackson. "He's at my farm now. We'll see if he comes around next year."

Jackson also owns Storming on Merit, a 4-year-old filly who has dominated the nine two-furlong dashes for females that were run here this year. She won eight of them.