09/08/2005 12:00AM

Leave Me Alone takes distance test in Gazelle

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Leave Me Alone shoots for her second straight Grade 1 win in the Gazelle.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Eric Kruljac has a theory on why Leave Me Alone handles coast-to-coast flights with ease.

"She loves to fly," the trainer said. "She must be reincarnated from a stewardess."

Leave Me Alone flew in from California on Monday for the latest assignment: the Grade 1, $250,000 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Belmont Park.

It is her second round-trip to New York in a month. She flew in for a 7 3/4-length romp in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga at seven furlongs.

faces four rivals in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle.

Kruljac is confident Leave Me Alone will handle the additional distance, even though she has never run beyond 1 1/16 miles.

"The filly had so much left at the end of the Test that we're very confident she'll get the extra quarter of a mile," Kruljac said. "She has won nicely up to a mile and a sixteenth. We thought this was the logical spot to go in, and we're taking a shot at another Grade 1."

The Gazelle came into focus immediately after the Test.

"It was in our plans, providing her conditioning held as it has," Kruljac said. "She's training better than ever. She seems to be thriving. Hopefully, there's one more in the tank."

also won last time out in Saratoga, rolling to a confidence-building allowance victory.

Trainer John Kimmel was willing to lower his sights with the allowance race after Seeking the Ante put in three straight Grade 1 efforts at Belmont against three of the top fillies in the division: Smuggler, Spun Sugar, and Summerly.

"She lost to the three S's," Kimmel said. "She ran a very good race to get fourth in the Mother Goose."

Before the string of Grade 1 efforts, Seeking the Ante captured the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont in early May.

is another California-based filly coming east for the Gazelle. A speedster, she comes off three straight grass races. Trained by Craig Dollase, she set the pace last time out in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and held well for third while making her stakes debut.

Dancing Edie takes the blinkers off for the Gazelle

In the Gold, trained by Nick Zito, has hit the board in three consecutive Grade 1 races. The runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks, she was third last time out in the Test.

Yolanda B. Too, a winner of two in a row at Saratoga, completes the field.

The field

Gazelle
Purse: $250,000; 1 1/8 miles; Grade 1

PPHORSEJOCKEYWT.ODDS
1Dancing EdieC. Nakatani1155-1
2Seeking the AnteR. Migliore11712-1
3In the GoldG. Stevens1172-1
4Leave Me AloneK. Desormeaux1197-5
5Yolanda B. TooJ. Bailey1155-2

* Odds by Art Gropper