10/21/2005 12:00AM

Main-track-only entries could pay off


ELMONT, N.Y. - With an ominous forecast and the Breeders' Cup just six days away, the chances of Sunday's Pilgrim and Miss Grillo Stakes being moved from the turf to the dirt is very real.

If the forecasted rains move those races to the dirt, trainers Jim Ryerson and Allen Jerkens could look very smart with their charges Mister Alimony and Swap Fliparoo. Ryerson entered Mister Alimony as a main-track-only entrant in the Pilgrim, a $75,000 race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Jerkens did the same with Swap Fliparoo in the Miss Grillo, a $75,000 race for juvenile fillies. Those races will be run at 1 1/8 miles on either surface.

After bleeding when fourth in his debut at Delaware in June, Mister Alimony improved in his next two starts, with blinkers and Lasix added. won his maiden at Monmouth on Aug. 6, and then, following a two-month layoff precipitated by illness, he finished second behind Southern Success in the Dover Stakes in the slop at Delaware. Ryerson said he had thought about running in next week's Nashua Stakes here, but believes this would be an easier spot.

"I thought he ran good the other day," Ryerson said of Mister Alimony's race in the Dover. "It was very sloppy. He handled that pretty well. He ran a good race for having been away and his first race around two turns. I was encouraged by the race. The fact that it's one turn, maybe he'll lay up there easy. I just think it looks like it could be a better spot than Friday."

is another who would be dangerous on dirt. Trainer Kelly Breen entered him for either surface, saying that the longer distance would help. Fagan's Legacy has a win and a second in two dirt starts, both at a mile and 70 yards.

On turf, the maiden Go Between may be the horse to beat. Go Between, trained by Bill Mott, finished third behind Church Service in his debut, and then second behind Last Best Place. Church Service came back to finish fourth in the With Anticipation Stakes while Last Best Place returned to win the World Appeal at The Meadowlands. Church Service is entered back in here, but Last Best Place is sidelined by injury.

, a three-length winner first out for Linda Rice, is another contender in the Pilgrim.

In the Miss Grillo, Swap Fliparoo would likely be the one to catch if the race is moved to the dirt. Swap Fliparoo, a daughter of Exchange Rate, won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race at Saratoga in August and, most recently, finished second behind the promising Sensation in the Grade 3 Astarita Stakes.

Interpretation won an off-the-turf maiden race for Mott and is part of a three-horse entry for owner Lewis Lakin. My Interpretation is the stronger part of the entry if the race is run on turf.

If on turf, Wait a While looks like the right one in the Miss Grillo. After finishing fifth on the dirt in her debut, Wait a While overcame trouble to romp to a five-length win on turf on Sept. 28. She was checked sharply on the backstretch, then had to come wide around the turn before exploding through the lane. With John Velazquez out of town Sunday, Jerry Bailey has the call on Wait a While.

Art Show, the only stakes winner in the field, would be the speed if the Miss Grillo stays on turf. She has won her last two, including the Salem County at The Meadowlands on Oct. 1.