09/29/2007 12:00AM

Jersey Kid a new horse on grass

EmailEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jersey Kid, blossoming since making the transition to turf, will be the horse to catch Tuesday in the $43,000 allowance feature on the grass at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The 5-year-old gelding is getting a "free shot" at some of the same second-level allowance runners he beat at 30-1 last time out with a front-running victory on Sept. 18.

His initial allowance win came against New Jersey-breds, a restricted race excluded from the open allowance conditions for this mile-and-70-yard race. Jersey Kid will face nine rivals, including three he beat last time.

It's a dramatic turnaround for a horse who was abysmal in his first three races of the season, all on dirt. Following a 28 1/2-length loss, trainer John Forbes and longtime assistant Pat McBurney put Jersey Kid on the grass. He has responded with a win, a third, and a fourth since the surface switch.

"He found a new home on the turf," Forbes said. "It's always a leap to think when one is not very good on the dirt, that grass is going to make a big difference. You are grasping at straws. You are praying. Every once in a while, you find one of those horses that, when they look down and it's green, they shift into a new gear. He is amazing us."

Jersey Kid drew the outside post. Navin Mangalee has the return call.

Hurrah, Brokerage House, and Double Tollgate all advance a class after posting wins last time at the expense of first-level allowance runners.

Hurrah, a $20,000 claim at Belmont Park in June, rolled to a 3 3/4-length win at the Meadowlands on the main track Sept. 7 for trainer Julian Canet. The gelding has a 1-for-5 record on grass.

Eddie Castro picks up the mount from Stewart Elliott, who sticks with Brokerage House, a 3-year-old who got up by a nose here on opening day for trainer Michael Matz.

Double Tollgate dug in for a hard-fought win by a head on the dirt at Charles Town for trainer Rowena Milton. The gelding has a record of 2-2-1 in 10 grass races. Luis Rivera Jr. will ride.

Of the horses beaten by Jersey Kid last time, Exit Left put in the best effort with an outside rally to close from seventh to third. Jose Lezcano retains the mount for trainer Greg Sacco.