12/29/2001 1:00AM

Krisada's first stakes: La Prevoyante


MIAMI - Firm turf, a solid pace, and the impeccable timing of Pat Day helped Krisada become a stakes winner Saturday at Calder.

Fourth in the Long Island Handicap last month at Aqueduct, Krisada turned the tables on her three conquerors by rallying strongly in the stretch and nipping Sweetest Thing on the wire to take the $150,000, Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap by a neck. Sweetest Thing, second in the Long Island, was second best again, a head in front of Great Fever.

Summer Solstice, the pacesetter, finished fourth. She was followed by Boana, Step With Style, Long Island winner Queue, Bowl of Emeralds, Lady Dora, and Clearly a Queen.

Under Day, Krisada settled into fifth position while saving ground early as Summer Solstice set fractions of 24.39 seconds, 49.37, 1:14.02, and 1:38.91. Day angled Krisada to the outside turning for home and was concerned when she drifted a little bit. She recovered quickly and exploded down the lane to nip Sweetest Thing, who had surged past Summer Solstice at the sixteenth pole.

Krisada, a daughter of Kris S. owned by Stonerside Stable and trained by Shug McGaughey, covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.63 over firm turf and returned $18.60. The final time was more than one second faster than the boys ran the McKnight Handicap later on the card.

"She was moving nice and angled out off the turn," Day said. "She kind of spread the turn a little more than I wanted to, but lined up once we straightened away and put her mind to the game, dropped down, and finished running."

Sweetest Thing, who was stalking Summer Solstice, looked as if she was going to get her first graded stakes win, but could not hold off Krisada.

"The ground was a little harder than it was in New York, maybe that's why she came off the bridle," said Sweetest Thing's jockey, Richard Migliore, who noted that the horse came off the bridle down the backside. "It was a very courageous effort, though."

These two fillies could meet again in The Very One Handicap on Feb. 17 at Gulfstream and/or in the Orchid on March 24.

Kiss a Native takes Hooper

Kiss a Native continued his love affair with Calder's main track as he rallied four wide in the stretch to win the $100,000, Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap by one length over Hal's Hope. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Groomstick Stock's. Best of the Rest, the 3-5 favorite, backed up to fourth after contesting the early pace.

Kiss a Native is now 4 for 5 over Calder's dirt track. His $60,000 payday pushed his career earnings to $915,497. He will make his next start in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9 where he will most likely face Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

Under Cornelio Velasquez, Kiss a Native raced in fifth position down the backstretch, inside of Hal's Hope, while American Halo, Best of the Rest, and Groomstick Stock's dueled through a half-mile in 47.89 seconds and three-quarters in 1:12.63.

Velasquez guided Kiss a Native into the four path turning for home, took lead inside the eighth pole and held off Hal's Hope. Kiss a Native covered the nine furlongs in 1:38.22 and returned $8 to win.

Vague Memory beats Gold Mover

When Vague Memory drew the rail for Saturday's Chaposa Springs Handicap, trainer Rudy Wolfendale knew his filly had only one chance to win - on the lead.

Under Julio Garcia, Vague Memory sprinted to the front early and held off the multiple-stakes winner and 6-5 favorite Gold Mover to win the Chaposa Springs by a nose. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to Platinum Tiara.

It was the first graded stakes and first $100,000 race Wolfendale has won in his career. Vague Memory, owned by Robert Bakerman, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.15 and returned $22.40.

Gold Mover, who hadn't been out in more than two months, was making her Calder debut and Eibar Coa, her jockey, thought that she got tired over the laboring track.

"It was her first time on this track and I think she needed it," Coa said.