06/18/2003 12:00AM

The Judge Sez Who benched until fall

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MIAMI - The Judge Sez Who, one of the leaders of the Florida handicap division, will be out of action until the fall because he recently had surgery to remove a chip from his left knee.

The Judge Sez Who finished fourth behind Best of the Rest in his only two starts this year, the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 25 and the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap on April 20. A son of Judge T C, The Judge Sez Who was a multiple Grade 3 winner as a 3-year-old in 2002, closing out the year by upsetting Best of the Rest in the Fred W. Hooper Handicap at Calder Dec. 28.

"This time it's the other knee," said Milt Wolfson, who trains The Judge Sez Who for his owner and breeder, Sez Who Thoroughbreds. "He had a chip removed from his right knee earlier in his career."

Wolfson says The Judge Sez Who will gear up in the fall for a winter campaign.

"I really want that million-dollar race next winter," said Wolfson, referring to the Sunshine Millions Classic.

Ivanavinalot goes to the farm

Ivanavinalot, who finished sixth as the odds-on favorite in last Saturday's Office Queen Stakes, will also be out of action until the fall. Trainer Kathleen O'Connell said she is sending Ivanavinalot home to owner-breeder Gilbert Campbell's farm for a 30-40 day freshening.

"Physically she's fine," said O'Connell. "But mentally she's fatigued, so she's going home for a rest. I'll bring her back in later this summer and get her ready for a fall campaign, and hopefully by that time she can be back to herself."

Ivanavinalot, who dominated her division here at 2 and won the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream this winter, tired badly after stalking the early leaders for nearly six furlongs in the Office Queen.

"She just wasn't herself in her last race," said O'Connell. "She should have been able to gallop and beat those horses. I think I was in shock after the race."

Aeneas headed to the Midwest

Aeneas, one of the top handicap performers on the grounds, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds Wednesday morning, and is being pointed for either the Grade 3 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows on July 12 or the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington July 19.

"There are so many races in the handicap division that week I think both of these races should evaporate down to just the locals," said trainer Marty Wolfson. "I'll wait and see which spot comes up easier, although at the moment I'm leaning towards the Washington Park because the distance is longer and I can get Rene [Douglas] to ride him."

Aeneas is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Pimlico Special.

Two clinch Summit starts

Both Crafty Brat and Awesome of Course sewed up starting berths this past weekend for the July 12 Summit of Speed program.

Crafty Brat was all out in a neck victory over Heavenly Miss in the Race Artist Stakes, and will now head directly into the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders Cup Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

"She took all the worst of it the other day and still won," said trainer Joe Calascibetta. "She carried 121 pounds, raced out in the deepest part of the track, and had to race a lot closer to the lead than she likes because there was no pace in the race. She'll go directly into the Azalea, and with Storm Flag also going there I know there will be a lot more pace for her to run at next time."

Crafty Brat rallied to defeat the speedy Storm Flag in each of their last two meetings.

Awesome of Course was hard-pressed to win as a heavy favorite in Monday's 5 1/2-furlong Heckofaralph Stakes, squeezing out a narrow victory over the 50-1 Ivan's Song. Awesome of Course will now likely join stablemate Massive in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes at six-furlongs on the Summit of Speed card.