09/30/2004 11:00PM

It's Love That Moon's turn

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MIAMI - Love That Moon finished third behind Model Home in the Forty One Carat Stakes and third to Swift Replica in the Sea Emperor Stakes this summer, but he could avenge both losses when the three meet again in Sunday's $40,000 Reappeal Stakes at Calder.

Love That Moon has yet to return to the form that saw him win three straight stakes here last summer and fall, including the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. The 6 1/2-furlong Reappeal would be a perfect prep for a defense of his title in the Jack Dudley, to be run Nov. 13.

A potential speed battle among Model Home, Swift Replica, and Scrubs would enhance Love That Moon's chances of garnering his first victory in five starts this year. A son of Migrating Moon, Love That Moon was idle for nearly seven months after his 2003 campaign ended. He returned to action in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint on July 10.

Model Home survived an early duel with Swift Replica to upset the Forty One Carats by 2 1/2 lengths while racing in blinkers for only the second time in 18 career starts.

Swift Replica bounced back from his fourth-place finish in the Forty One Carats to lead throughout en route to a two-length victory in the seven-furlong Sea Emperor on Sept. 9. The win was his first this year in five tries.

The most interesting member of the Reappeal lineup is Puck, who makes just his second start on the comeback trail following a 25-month vacation. Puck, winner of the Grade 3 Long Branch Stakes at 3, went to the sidelines with a hairline fracture in his right pastern. He suffered the injury in the 2003 Haskell, and it did not heal as quickly or as properly as expected, according to his trainer, Bill White.

Puck finally returned to action in the Sea Emperor, but finished far back following an eventful trip that began with a slow start and continued when he rushed up and steadied into traffic approaching the far turn.

Salinas puts slow start behind him

Angel Salinas has recovered nicely from his slow start at the beginning of the meet and is currently the hottest trainer on the grounds. Salinas won three more races Thursday to move into second place in the trainer standings behind White, the perennial leader.

All three victories in Thursday's hat trick came for Michael Sherman, who again is making a runaway of the race for leading owner.

Whenthedoveflies has easy work

Whenthedoveflies, who has not started since beating males in the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap on July 10, worked an easy three furlongs in 37 seconds here Friday morning. Trainer Kirk Ziadie said he is pointing Whenthedoveflies for Keeneland's $75,000 Clark County Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 21.

* Gulfstream Park racing secretary Dave Bailey reminds horsemen that stall applications for the 2005 Gulfstream meet are due in his office by Monday. The 2005 Gulfstream meet opens Jan. 3.