07/31/2001 11:00PM

Juggernaut, Pure Precison to meet up north


MIAMI - Juggernaut and Pure Precision met for the first time in the Criterium Stakes at Calder on July 7, with Juggernaut registering a major upset rallying from dead last to win at 11-1. For the rematch, the two youngsters will travel 1,000 miles due north, to Monmouth Park, where they likely will meet again one week from Saturday in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes.

With Pure Precision not eligible for the Florida Stallion Series, owner George Steinbrenner decided to send the colt to trainer John Tammaro III to embark on a northern campaign shortly after his surprising setback as the 3-5 favorite in the Criterium. The strategy returned quick dividends when he captured Monmouth's Tyro Stakes last Sunday.

Juggernaut, who is also not Stallion Series-eligible, remained home under the tutelage of Larry Pilotti, who decided to give the horse a little extra time before sending him back into battle.

"He's been flirting with a shin right along so I decided not to push him," said Pilotti, who trains Juggernaut, a son of Is It True, for owner Siobhan P. Ellison. "He'll work Saturday, and if all goes well I'll ship him to Monmouth for the Sapling. Naturally I was glad to see Pure Precision come back and win the Tyro. Obviously that made my colt's race look even stronger. And I was also pleased that he won from off the pace. Sometimes Monmouth's track gets so fast you can't win from anywhere but on the lead, and while our horse has some speed, I think ultimately he'll be better when he can sit and finish as he did in the Criterium."

Abel Castellano Jr., who rode Juggernaut to victory in the Criterium, is expected to accompany the youngster to Monmouth for the Sapling.

Turf sprinters boost Wolfendale

Trainer Rudy Wolfendale has a potent one-two punch in turf sprinters True Love's Secret and Kipperscope.

On Monday, True Love's Secret again dominated mid-priced optional claiming rivals going five furlongs on the grass, rallying to a convincing victory over old friend Awol Honey, who chased the suddenly unbeatable winner home for the second straight time. The victory was the third in succession for True Love's Secret, a 4-year-old gelded son of Desert Secret, who was ridden by Rosemary Homeister Jr.

The following afternoon, Kipperscope used his blazing speed to outrun seven higher-priced and classier optional claiming runners, easily holding off Sam's Concorde to post a 1 1/2-length decision despite reeling off blazing fractions of 21.24 seconds and 43.82 seconds for the opening quarter- and half-mile of the five-furlong dash. In his previous start, Kipperscope, a son of Kipper Kelly, led to late stretch before finishing third to Texas Glitter and Sejm's Madness in the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap.

The two victories gave Wolfendale 11 wins for the meet, pushing him into the top 10 in the standings behind runaway leader Bill White.

Camejo on the rise

When Abel Castellano lost his apprentice weight allowance on July 21, it created a huge opportunity for the many apprentice riders competing here this summer. Thus far it has been Omar Camejo who has proven the major beneficiary.

Camejo, who still rides with a seven-pound allowance, was 11th in the jockey standings when Castellano lost his bug, but within 10 days had moved to seventh, and at his current pace could climb as high as fourth by the end of the week. On Monday the youngster turned in a hat trick, posting victories aboard Walnut Slew in the opener, Kassar over the tricky turf course in the the third race, and Grandpa Halo in the ninth event.

Nunez takes card's finale

Give jockey Eduardo Nunez the perseverance award on Tuesday. After suffering through a frustrating day in which he finished second five times over the first nine races, he came back to drive Friendly Sailor to a last-to-first victory in the nightcap. It was Friendly Sailor's first start off the claim for trainer Richard Arnold Jr.

Nunez has quietly had another strong meet and has been among the top five riders for the better part of the summer.