08/14/2001 12:00AM

Look for 'Action' out in front

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Easy Action chased the odds-on favorite Imadeed, an impressive front-running winner of an allowance race earlier in the Saratoga meet, and finished second, beaten 6 1/4 lengths.

Luckily for Easy Action, she won't have to contend with the speedy Imadeed when she meets four others Thursday in a classified allowance race, worth $52,000.

The six-furlong race, the third on a nine-race program that doesn't feature a stakes, also drew Grade 1 winner Finder's Fee, Lovely Amanda, Dream for a Moment, and Endlessly.

Easy Action's trainer, Neil Howard, said if he had his druthers, he would run his 4-year-old filly in a 6 1/2- or seven-furlong race. Having said that, Howard is still optimistic Easy Action will run a good race.

"I think her last race will do her a lot of good," Howard said of Easy Action, who was making her second start off a long layoff. "Nobody went with Imadeed, who is a pretty good filly. We made a bid at her, but there was no getting to her."

Jerry Bailey, the meet's leading rider, accepts the return mount on Easy Action, who breaks from post 3 and has some early speed in her tank.

Lovely Amanda, from her rail post, also figures to flash speed from the gate under jockey John Velazquez.

Lovely Amanda, unraced at Saratoga, is pretty handy at six furlongs, having won four of seven starts at the distance. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she has not run since finishing third as the heavy favorite of the Cumberland Stakes at Pimlico on June 24.

The last time Finder's Fee, a beautifully bred daughter of Storm Cat, was in the winner's circle was June 2000 when she won the Grade 1 Acorn. She has lost 10 consecutive starts since.

"She has gotten lazy," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "I was disappointed with the way she ran last time, although the race didn't shape for her - she needs a solid pace."

Finder's Fee, a late-running sprinter type, finished fourth, beaten 10 1/2 lengths by Imadeed, who set an uncontested pace on her way to victory.

McGaughey put blinkers on Finder's Fee that day, but said he wasn't happy with the result and has removed them for Thursday's race.

Dream for a Moment is a threat after being claimed by trainer Tom Voss for $75,000 from her last start on Aug. 6. The mare, who finished second that day, usually performs well at Saratoga and has a solid record at the distance.

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