07/19/2005 11:00PM

Joey P faces hurdle before Haskell

Joey P comes into Friday's allowance with a 5-for-5 record, but has never gone two turns.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Unbeaten Joey P faces an important test Friday in the featured $47,000 allowance race at Monmouth Park.

If Joey P, the winner of the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes, fares well Friday in his first two-turn race, it's on to the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 7.

A 3-year-old New Jersey-bred, Joey P puts a five-race winning streak on the line in the one-mile race. Joe Bravo, the meet's leading rider, will be aboard for trainer Frank Costa.

"We're going to see if he can go that long," Costa said. "Then we'll go from there. If he runs well, we'll run in the Haskell."

Joey P, who has never been beyond six furlongs, faces five rivals including stablemate Brucker's Brother. He has never run anywhere other than Monmouth, which makes the Haskell an appealing option.

"He's right here," Costa said. "He's doing good."

Joey P worked Saturday, going three furlongs in 36.40 seconds in his first drill since the Jersey Shore on July 4.

Completing the field are Play Bingo, Ricardo A, Long Term Success, and On Thin Ice.

My Snookie's Boy gets his swagger back

There is nothing like a win to restore the confidence of a horse and those around him.

My Snookie's Boy is full of himself following a recent allowance win at Monmouth.

It was the first victory in more than a year for the 4-year-old My Snookie's Boy, who pushed Lion Heart to the limit last year in the Grade 3 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes and the Grade 1 Haskell. He will return to stakes action Sunday in Monmouth's Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile.

My Snookie's Boy was trained by Allen Iwinski last season. Like all the horses in the Iwinski barn, he needed a new home when health issues forced Iwinski to close his stable.

My Snookie's Boy wound up with Peter Walder. It took two starts this meet to get My Snookie's Boy back to his old self.

"He came out of the last race a different animal," said Francine Faraci-Walder, who trains the stable alongside her husband. "He's got that prance in him and it really picked up his head.

"This was the time of year when he got good last year."

Other likely Salvator runners, according to Monmouth stakes coordinator Mike Melendez, include Gygistar, winner of the Grade 3 Westchester Handicap, and Cherokee's Boy, who has won consecutive stakes, including Monmouth's Skip Away.

Frankel sends 14-horse string with assistant

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has shipped a division to Monmouth for the first time.

Frankel joins a growing trend. Todd Pletcher, D. Wayne Lukas, Mark Hennig, Bruce Levine, John Kimmel, Richard Dutrow Jr., and Linda Rice all have divisions on the Jersey Shore.

Frankel sent 14 horses in the care of Chad Brown, who has been with Frankel for three years.

Prior to joining Frankel, Brown worked for another Hall of Famer, Shug McGaughey.

My Trusty Cat probably going to Regret

Trainer David Vance was disappointed he couldn't run My Trusty Cat in Monmouth's Red Cross Stakes on Sunday. Vance scratched My Trusty Cat, the winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff, when the Monmouth strip came up sloppy.

"I wasn't taking any chances," Vance said. "She has a little tendency to hit herself on an off racetrack."

Vance's goal: get My Trusty Cat back to Saratoga on Aug. 28 for the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap, a race she lost last year by a head.

The six-furlong Red Cross would have been an ideal spot for the 5-year-old My Trusty Cat following a fourth-place finish in the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington Park on June 18. Now, Vance is looking at the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 5 or Monmouth's $100,000 Regret Stakes on Aug. 7.

"Since we're sitting here, we'll probably run here," said Vance from his Monmouth office.

Vance plans to give the mare "two pretty stiff works" to keep her sharp.

"I don't really like to go that long between races," Vance said. "I've done better with her when I get her into a closer program."