10/21/2004 11:00PM

'Kfar' nears stakes bow


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel has one of the main contenders in Sunday's $75,000-added Miss Grillo in Melhor Ainda, and he also has a good chance of winning the other stakes on the closing-day card at Belmont Park - the $75,000-added Pilgrim - with Kfar Daniel.

Kfar Daniel is among eight 2-year-old males entered in the 1 1/8-mile race on the inner turf.

Kfar Daniel began his career in France at Maisons-Laffitte, where he finished third after setting the pace and tiring in his debut.

Shortly after his first race, the colt came to the United States and made his first start for Frankel on Aug. 11 at Saratoga. Running as the favorite, Kfar Daniel was bumped going into the first turn, surged to a narrow lead in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race, and was outfinished by Arcturus.

Kfar Daniel won his maiden in his next start here on Oct. 7 in a mile turf race. With Edgar Prado aboard, Kfar Daniel assumed the lead after a half-mile and won the race by two lengths.

Frankel said Kfar Daniel, a son of Spinning World, has the nervous habit of weaving back and forth in the stall, but is all business when he sets foot on the racetrack.

"I like the way this horse runs," Frankel said. "He is very game."

From his rail post, Kfar Daniel figures to be prominent in the early going. Javier Castellano rides.

Tadreeb, the likely Pilgrim favorite, toyed with nine rivals in his grass debut here on Oct. 1. Over a yielding course, Tadreeb won the 1 1/16-mile race by 6 3/4 lengths. Mark Hennig, Tadreeb's trainer, said he knew he would try the son of Theatrical on the turf eventually, but wanted to first run him on dirt. Tadreeb finished sixth in his first start and seventh in his second race, then was switched to grass.

"He had some trouble in his first start, and we wanted to see if it was the trip or a lack of ability on the dirt," Hennig said. "He sure seemed to relish the going in his last race. The turf this time of year is always a little soft, and that would be an advantage for him."

Jerry Bailey rides Tadreeb from post 7.

Voodoo can do it again in Sport Page

Same race, different venue is what faces Voodoo when he runs in the $100,000-added Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 31.

Last year, Voodoo won the Grade 3 Sport Page by 2 1/2 lengths over Bowman's Band. Voodoo earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 111 in the seven-furlong Sport Page, which was run at Belmont in 2003.

Jimmy Jerkens, Voodoo's trainer, would have preferred the Sport Page to be run again at Belmont, where he is stabled.

"[Voodoo] doesn't ship well," said Jerkens, who also won the 2002 Sport Page, with Multiple Choice. "We'll take him over [to Aqueduct] for a dry run before we run him. He is a little better about shipping now that he is older."

In eight starts at Aqueduct, Voodoo has one win.

Voodoo, who finished second behind Pico Central in the Grade 1 Vosburgh in his last start on Oct. 2, will be seeking his first win since last year's Sport Page. Voodoo, a

6-year-old, spent much of the first six months of 2004 on the farm because he was sore behind.

Jerkens said he was very pleased with the gelding's effort in the Vosburgh, his third race since his return, and thinks he can run back to his big race in last year's Sport Page.

"He ran great in the Vosburgh, and I was happy with the effort," Jerkens said. "He put in a run around the turn and then backed out of it, but came on again. I think he is every bit as good as last year."

Jorge Chavez has the call on Voodoo.

As of Friday, the only horses considered definite by the racing office to run in the Sport Page were Voodoo, Eavesdropper, and Personal Touch. Several others are listed as possible to start.

Stellianos wins at 81-1

Stellianos won his first race since Feb. 22 and returned $164 for a $2 win bet in Friday's first race. The payoff was the second-highest of the year at a New York Racing Association track. On Oct. 11 at Belmont, Quatro Blanco won and returned $164.50.

Stolen Time works for Discovery

Bill Mott picked up Stolen Time earlier this year, hoping he could develop into a Triple Crown contender. While that didn't happen, Stolen Time has lately shown signs of improvement.

Mott will try to get his first stakes win with Stolen Time on Wednesday, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery Handicap on opening day at Aqueduct.

Stolen Time, a son of Time Bandit, is coming off his best performance of the year, a victory in a third-level allowance race at Belmont on Oct. 11. He earned a career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure for the race.

"He's maybe just rounding into form," Mott said. "If they run bad, just keep running them and maybe they'll run good one day. Actually, he has started doing better. Just the way he looked, the way he was training, it looked like he was coming around. He's a little bigger and stronger, and he's working a little better."

On Friday, Stolen Time worked a strong half-mile in 47.67 seconds over Belmont Park's main track. It was the second-fastest of 68 works at the distance.

If Mott has one concern about the Discovery, it's the 1 1/8-mile distance.

"It could be a stretch for him distance-wise," Mott said. "But it is straight 3-year-olds, and there's not many of those spots left. So, we might as well give it a try."

Eight 3-year-olds are considered definite for the Discovery. With weight assignments, they are My Snookie's Boy (119 pounds), Stolen Time (116), Zakocity (116), Navesink River (115), Mahzouz (115), Go Now (114), Infinite Glory (114), and Reggie for Three (114). Teton Forest, who worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.06 seconds on Friday, is possible.

Bettors advised to cash Sunday

When racing switches to Aqueduct on Wednesday, NYRA will be switching tote vendors to United Tote. NYRA advises all ontrack bettors with winning tickets on Sunday to cash them by the end of the day.

For bettors with winning tickets that they can't cash by Sunday, there will be designated windows at Aqueduct to cash them.

- additional reporting by David Grening