08/05/2004 12:00AM

It's reunion weekend for Migliore

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Trainer Bobby Frankel, relaxing at Saratoga on Thursday, is having second thoughts about running Sightseek in the Personal Ensign.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore was already looking forward to this weekend because he is going to ride two of his favorite horses - Seattle Fitz and Artie Schiller - in graded stakes races.

As an added bonus, Migliore will also ride Eddington - a horse he has admired from afar - in Sunday's Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Migliore, who replaces Jerry Bailey, rode Eddington in his career debut last November at Aqueduct, where he was beaten a nose. That race was run in a heavy fog, and Migliore said Eddington nearly propped after spotting the lights from the photo-finish camera.

"He was going to win by half a length and he spotted those lights, and he put his toes in the ground like it spooked him, and he half-propped," Migliore said. "If he wasn't too close to the lights he would have run right by that horse that won."

Though Migliore offered to come to Florida to ride Eddington in a maiden race at Gulfstream, Bailey became Eddington's new rider. Eddington won 2 of 3 starts at Gulfstream and was developing into a top 3-year-old, but was denied a spot in the Kentucky Derby because he did not have enough graded-stakes earnings. He was beaten by only a half-length in the Wood Memorial.

Eddington made it into the Preakness and Belmont, but was soundly beaten in both races. Hennig felt a change in the saddle might do Eddington some good.

"The main thing was just a little bit of frustration on everybody's part," said Hennig, who trains Eddington for Peter Willmott. "We felt that maybe just a little different style might help him. We'll see if it makes a difference."

A field of seven was likely to be entered for the Jim Dandy, including Swingforthefences, whose outside draw at the Haskell makes him more likely to run in the Jim Dandy.

Frankel hedging on Azeri-Sightseek rematch

Though initially gung-ho to run the Go for Wand runner-up, Sightseek, against Go for Wand winner, Azeri, in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap here on Aug. 29, trainer Bobby Frankel was hedging a bit on Thursday morning.

Frankel is now thinking of skipping the Personal Ensign and running Sightseek in the Grade 1, $300,000 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 18 and then the $750,000 Beldame on Oct. 9. Frankel's thought process was partially based on an incorrect assumption that the Ruffian was worth more money than the $400,000 Personal Ensign. When informed that the Ruffian is worth less than the Personal Ensign, Frankel suggested that he may not want to run Sightseek back in three weeks. He also noted that Azeri would most likely not run in either Belmont race.

Midway Road to skip Whitney

Midway Road, who has the distinction of running the highest Beyer Speed Figure (123) recorded this year, was not entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap as originally planned.

Trainer Neil Howard said there is nothing physically wrong with Midway Road, but neither he nor owner Will Farish were comfortable running Midway Road in such a competitive race off a two-month layoff. Midway Road, who earned his big figure in the Ben Ali Handicap at Keeneland in April, has not run since finishing last in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 12.

"The more we discussed it, the more we were a little apprehensive coming back in a race of this magnitude off a layoff," Howard said.

Howard said Midway Road would not run in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup on Aug. 22 because he is pointing Alumni Hall to that race. Howard said he could run Midway Road in the Woodward at Belmont on Sept. 11.

Preachinatthebar may try the turf

Preachinatthebar, who won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on dirt at Santa Anita in March, may switch to the turf for his next start. On Thursday, Preachinatthebar worked five furlongs on the grass in 1:01.85 with Angel Cordero Jr. up. Preachinatthebar worked in company with the filly Western Rush.

Tonja Terranova, who, along with her husband, John, oversees trainer Bob Baffert's New York horses, was pleased with the move.

"John got him coming home in 47 and 2 after they went the first eighth in 14 and 2," she said. "Angel was really happy with him. He was really covering the ground well, and he seemed to really enjoy it out there. I really thought it was a good work."

Terranova said she would talk to Baffert to decide whether to run Preachinatthebar in Monday's National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes or an allowance race for his turf debut.

Storm Surge will point to Hopeful

Trainer Dallas Stewart looks like a genius now.

Originally, Stewart was planning to run Storm Surge in the Sanford Stakes here on opening day. But Stewart wasn't totally happy with how Storm Surge was doing for that race, and he took a pass. Stewart looked smart, as nobody was going to beat Afleet Alex, who set a stakes record taking the Sanford.

Storm Surge, who finished second to Lunarpal in the Bashford Manor on July 5, won an entry-level allowance race here on Wednesday and will now be pointed to the Grade 1 Hopeful on Aug. 21.

"I thought he lost a little bit of weight from the [Bashford Manor], and with the ship I thought it would have been tougher for him," Stewart said of the Sanford. "Now we got a race over the track, he came back great, it wasn't that hard on him. He's a very smart 2-year-old, and he's handled everything in his young career very professional."

Storm Surge earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 78 for the race.

Daydreaming may wait for Gazelle

Whenever trainer Shug McGaughey has stepped Daydreaming up from the allowance ranks to graded stakes company, it has proven disastrous. That's why after Daydreaming won a third-level allowance race here on Wednesday, he isn't prepared to run her against divisional leader Ashado in the Grade 1 Alabama on Aug. 21.

The Grade 1 Gazelle on Sept. 11, a race that usually doesn't attract the top 3-year-old fillies, is a more likely spot.

"It was more designed to the Gazelle, but we never shut the door," McGaughey said. "Every time we've stepped her up a little bit it hasn't worked the way I wanted it to work."

Daydreaming is 4 for 4 in maiden and allowance races. She is 0 for 4 in graded stakes, with her best finishes being a third in the Grade 1 Spinaway last summer and a third in the Grade 3 Comely.

Daydreaming earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93 in her victory.

A Lulu Ofa Menifee works toward Alabama

One filly who will challenge Ashado in the Alabama is A Lulu Ofa Menifee, the third-place finisher in the Delaware Oaks. On Thursday, A Lulu Of a Menifee worked six furlongs in 1:14.65 over Saratoga's main track.

"It was a little slower than I wanted, but it was nice and even," said trainer Barclay Tagg, who won last year's Alabama with Island Fashion.

Tagg said A Lulu Ofa Menifee ran into some traffic trouble when she finished third behind Yearly Report in the Delaware Oaks.

"She broke a little slow and then kept running into horses," Tagg said. "She's got to keep her momentum going. If she loses her momentum she's not quite the same horse."

Smokey Glacken to go in Victory Ride

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said that Smokey Glacken, who won last Sunday's Trenton Stakes at Monmouth, will run next in the $75,000 Victory Ride on the Travers undercard Aug. 28.

The Victory Ride is a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

Smokey Glacken, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 87 in the five-furlong Trenton, was making her first start since February. The Trenton was scheduled to be run on the turf but was switched to the main track because of rain.

The Trenton was Smokey Glacken's first start since finishing third in the Old Hat at Gulfstream in February. Last year, Smokey Glacken won the Grade 3 Valley Stream at Aqueduct, as well as the ungraded Forward Gal at Monmouth. She won her career debut by five lengths at Saratoga last year.

"She had been training good, so I thought she would be ready," Jerkens said of her half-length Trenton win. "She looks pretty good right now and has got some weight on her. We gave her some time on the farm."

* L'Oiseau d'Argent set an inner turf course record when he ran a mile in 1:33.42 in Thursday's seventh race. That eclipsed the mark of 1:33.67 set by Delay of Game in 1999. L'Oiseau d'Argent is a 5-year-old son of Silver Hawk owned by Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Richard Migliore was aboard.

* The stewards suspended jockey Edgar Prado seven days for careless riding during the running of Wednesday's fifth race. The stewards deemed Prado careless for allowing Cloakof Vagueness to come over on Daydreaming and Retroactive entering the first turn of the nine-furlong race. Those two fillies brushed at that point. Cloakof Vagueness finished second behind Daydreaming.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson