08/02/2007 11:00PM

Kip Deville back on turf for Oceanport


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Grade 1 winner Kip Deville returns to the turf Sunday in the Oceanport Stakes on the Haskell Day undercard at Monmouth.

The Oceanport and the Matchmaker, for fillies and mares, are the main events supporting the Haskell on the biggest racing day of the summer on the Jersey Shore. Both are Grade 3 contests worth $150,000.

Kip Deville, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., most recently ran at Hollywood Park. He finished only two lengths behind The Tin Man in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on grass. Five days later, he switched to the synthetic main track and ran eighth in the Grade 2 Californian.

Prior to the latest West Coast trip, Kip Deville had won three consecutive turf stakes, including the Grade 1 Kilroe Handicap at Santa Anita and the Grade 2 Maker's Mark at Keeneland. The three straight wins all came at one mile, a sixteenth shorter than the Oceanport distance.

Edgar Prado, who rides Xchanger in the Haskell, picks up the mount. He was last aboard for the victory in the Maker's Mark.

Presious Passion and Victory Alleged are two of the local hopefuls in the Oceanport.

Presious Passion won the Jersey Derby on last year's Haskell undercard for trainer Mary Hartmann. The 4-year-old has run his best races over Monmouth's usually firm course.

"He's coming up to the assignment in good shape," Hartmann said. "He's fresh and happy and ready to take them on. He loves this course and handles it well. He likes the hard ground."

Presious Passion most recently finished second, beaten one length, in the Bob Harding Stakes here July 14.

"That was a real good effort," Hartmann said. "He got caught in behind and couldn't get out to make a run."

Eddie Castro, who was aboard for the Jersey Derby, has the assignment.

Trainer Dennis Manning has won the Oceanport twice, with Fiftysevenvette in 1991 and Key Lory in 2001. He will try for a third with Victory Alleged, a 6-year-old making only his 11th start.

The horse suffered a severe condylar fracture of the right front cannon bone after winning the Majestic Prince Stakes at Monmouth in the fall of 2004.

"He's supposed to be dead," Manning said.

The horse survived through the surgical skills of Dr. Patty Hogan, who was instrumental in treating Smarty Jones after the starting-gate injury that almost took his eye, and the generosity of owner Mac Fehsenfeld, who made the financial commitment to save the horse.

The long road back included additional surgery last year, but Manning believes the horse turned the corner after two mediocre efforts this season.

"Now, he's back where we want him," Manning said. "Mentally, physically, everything is right on the money."

Rajiv Maragh rides for the first time.

Matchmaker: Roshani looks good

The Matchmaker attracted a balanced field of nine going 1 1/8 miles.

This could be the graded breakthrough for Roshani, who won three straight before finishing a game third in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes here on June 16 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

"She ran a big race last time," said assistant Anthony Sciametta. "She gave everything she had and turned in an excellent effort."

Garrett Gomez, riding Any Given Saturday for Pletcher in the Haskell, picks up the mount.

The 6-year-old Humoristic is the veteran in the field as she makes her 36th start. She most recently ran third in the R.G. Dick Breeders' Cup Stakes at Delaware Park for trainer Hamilton Smith.

Trainer Marty Wolfson sends up Silver Charades from Florida. She has won two in a row, including the Grade 3 All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes at Colonial Downs.

In addition to the purse money, the first three finishers receive a stallion season to either Northern Afleet, Southern Image, or Wildcat Heir.

Regret: Two runners-up face off

Sweet Fervor and Oprah Winney look tough in the $100,000 Regret for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Both finished second in Grade 2 handicaps at Belmont Park most recently: Sweet Fervor in the First Flight and Oprah Winney in the Vagrancy.

* Daytime Promise finds an easier spot after finishing up the track in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap. She gets the rail in the $100,000 Lady's Secret for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

* French Vintage, a winner of 3 of his last 4, is one of the top contenders in the $100,000 Jersey Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. He finished strongly between rivals to win the Choice Stakes on July 8, the prep for this race.

* Meadow Blue, last year's Lincroft winner, is back to defend his title in the $65,000 handicap for New Jersey-breds at one mile and 70 yards.

* The $100,000 Teddy Drone for sprinters did not fill and has been rescheduled for Wednesday.