06/27/2001 11:00PM

License Fee looking for some respect

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - The Saturday headliner at Monmouth Park is the Grade 2, $300,000 Molly Pitcher, with License Fee looking like a standout. But, in terms of competition, the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes might steal the show, thanks to the presence of top older horse Broken Vow.

For several years, the Molly Pitcher has played host to champions in the older female division. License Fee, a 6-year-old mare, will be seeking her fourth straight victory in a graded stakes, but she has yet to show that she belongs at the top of her division.

Pat Day will be in to ride License Fee for trainer Elliott Walden. She started her current streak on dirt in the Sixty Sails Handicap at Sportsman's Park on dirt. She then rattled off two turf wins at Pimlico and Belmont for her owners, Winstar Farm. License Fee will be the highweight at 117 pounds in a field of seven going 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

Among the contenders are Monmouth Beach Stakes winner Wittenberg, trained by Vicki Oliver, and Resort, the Monmouth Beach third-place runner, from Shug McGaughey's barn. Mark Hennig sends out Politely Stakes runner-up Hemline.

March Magic will be fitted with blinkers by trainer Richard Violette. Shine Again and Vivid Sunset both come off close third-place stakes efforts at Belmont.

In the Skip Away, also at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, several would-be stars want to use the race as a prep for the $350,000 Iselin Handicap here on Aug. 26. Broken Vow, a 4-year-old Unbridled colt owned by Pin Oak Stable, will be looking to rebound from a loss to Include in the Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap on June 2.

After going 4 for 4 in 2000 for trainer Graham Motion, Broken Vow appeared to be on his way toward the top of the handicap division with a win this year in the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland before the Mass Cap setback.

"We want to regroup after his last race," Motion said. "He ran against one of the best horses in the country. I hate to make excuses. The track was sloppy, and he did get hooked up with Sir Bear that day, but Include was just very tough. He's doing super now, and has two good works since that race."

Joining Broken Vow will be a who's who of past local stars, including the 2000 Iselin winner, Rize, coming off his first win of the season. Mercaldo, Mass Market, and First Lieutenant all were Haskell hopefuls last year.

Black Cash, a Triple Crown hopeful in 1998, will ship in from Woodbine for trainer Tino Attard and Stronach Stables.

* Trainer Bobby Frankel has entered Senure in Sunday's $500,000, Grade 1 United Nations Handicap.

It will be Senure's second start of the year after finishing second to division leader Bienamado in the Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood.

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