10/22/2002 11:00PM

LaFavers, 49, to saddle first stakes horse


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Laurie LaFavers will be represented by her first stakes runner when she saddles Redhead Riot, a winner of five races this year, in Saturday's $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Aqueduct.

LaFavers, 49, worked as an assistant for trainer Lenny Imperio for three years, until last spring when Imperio died after a long battle with cancer. LaFavers took over a few horses who were trained by Imperio, including Redhead Riot, a 3-year-old filly owned by Ann Fustok.

Redhead Riot won her career debut by four lengths for Imperio at Aqueduct over the inner track in March. LaFavers, who previously worked with show horses, has won four more races with Redhead Riot, including the filly's last two races at Belmont Park.

On Sept. 19, Redhead Riot, a daughter of Top Account, ran a sensational race and won a third-level allowance by 3 1/4 lengths, covering the six furlongs in a swift 1:09.90. The filly earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 104 for the effort. Redhead Riot bounced back and won a classified allowance in her last start on Oct. 10 in slower time [1:11.41].

The seven-furlong distance of the First Flight could be a stumbling block for Redhead Riot, whose wins have come at six furlongs.

"She always runs as hard as she has to," LaFavers said. "The one time she ran at seven-eighths, it was earlier in her career and she was a different filly. She has matured since then. We know she can come off the pace a little bit, she doesn't have to go flying out of [the gate]."

LaFavers said it's worth taking a shot with Redhead Riot, who will be a longshot going against such horses as Grade 1 winners Raging Fever and Shine Again in the Grade 2 First Flight.

"She's gone through her conditions, and there's not a lot around for her," LaFavers said. "She deserves a shot."

Red Bullet is Sport Page possibility

Along with the First Flight on Saturday's card is the $100,000-added Sport Page Handicap, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and older horses.

Among the expected starters for the Grade 3 Sport Page are Bowman's Band, Multiple Choice, Smooth Jazz, and Voodoo. Red Bullet is a possibility.

Breeders' Cup Day betting menu

The First Flight and Sport Page are part of a five-race card to be run on Breeders' Cup Day. First post is 11 a.m., with the last Aqueduct race going off at 12:50 p.m.

At the conclusion of live racing, Aqueduct will simulcast the Breeders' Cup card from Arlington Park, beginning at 1:20 p.m.

In addition to a full-wagering menu on Breeders' Cup races, Aqueduct will offer betting on Head2Head, a new parimutuel wager, which pits two horses against each other in each of the eight Breeders' Cup races. The $2 bet has a 10 percent takeout.

With the exception of the Head2Head bet, advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup races will be offered at Aqueduct on Friday.

Dutrow entry in field of 11 in Friday feature

Friday's feature, a third-level allowance for 3-year-olds and older horses, drew a field of 11.

Among those entered in the six-furlong race, which carries a $51,000 purse, is a Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained entry. Dutrow named Norberto Arroyo Jr. on both Graze and Aggadan, so only one can start.

Graze, who usually runs well at Aqueduct, is coming off a poor effort in the Maryland Million Sprint at Pimlico. The lightly raced and consistent Aggadan won a second-level allowance in his last start.

Source, who is quick out of the gate, is a contender after finishing second behind Folkestone Park at this level in his last start.

Alex's Pal has some fast works in his corner, including a half-mile move in 46.40 seconds at Monmouth Park on Tuesday.

Competitive fields are taking shape for Sunday's $75,000-added Pilgrim and $75,000-added Miss Grillo, the only grass stakes on the New York calendar for 2-year-olds.

Among the probables for the 1 1/8-mile Pilgrim are Hypnotist, Kon Tiki, One Colony, Provincetown, Rhythmic Motion, and Stroll.

The Miss Grillo, also at 1 1/8-miles, is expected to attract One and Twenty, Burnt Bush, Comeback to Me, Feijoada, Fortuitous, Little Miss Pamela, Marc's Rainbow, Storm Clipper, and Virgin Voyage.

* Former jockey Tony Loguercio died Tuesday in Florida. He was 54. Loguercio rode in New York in the late 1960's and early 1970's, primarily for trainer Allen Jerkens. Visitation is on Thursday and Friday at the James Romanelli-Stephens Funeral Home in Ozone Park.