09/29/2004 11:00PM

Mazza trying for a stakes double

Dynever, here winning the San Bernardino, is expected to go in next Friday's Meadowlands Breeders' Cup, as are Balto Star and Lion Tamer.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Meadowlands concludes its opening weekend Saturday night with a pair of stakes, the Ready Jet Go and the Salem County. Trainer John Mazza has fillies ready for both spots in Lavender Lass and Murphy Style.

Mazza has waited a long time to run Lavender Lass, who finally finds a spot in the $60,000 Ready Jet Go for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

"I've entered three times, and none of the races went," said Mazza.

As a result, Lavender Lass has not run since a fifth-place finish in Monmouth's Regret Stakes in early August.

Lavender Lass limits some of Mazza's options. The 4-year-old does not ship well, forcing Mazza to keep her as close to home as possible. The trip from Monmouth Park, which remains the training center for New Jersey horses, to The Meadowlands is about the limit of Lavender Lass's travel tolerance.

Mazza has kept Lavender Lass on edge with some quick works, including a bullet move of 48 seconds for four furlongs on Sept. 19.

Lavender Lass is capable of handling this assignment on her best effort. She ran a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95 finishing second in the Carson Hollow Stakes at Aqueduct in February, when she was trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

Lavender Lass joined Mazza's barn this summer and won her first race for him with a Beyer Figure of 87. She will need a similar effort in this very competitive spot.

The 3-year-old Forty Moves steps up to face her elders following a second-place finish in Monmouth's Miss Woodford Stakes. She ran a career-best Beyer of 88 in that race.

Bright Gold is an interesting newcomer from Maryland-based trainer Mary Eppler. In her last two starts, Bright Gold crushed the competition in Pimlico allowance races, posting Beyers of 86 and 84.

The scene shifts to the turf and 2-year-old fillies for the $55,000 Salem County at one mile and 70 yards.

Mazza sends out Murphy Style, a New Jersey homebred for the Holly Crest Farm. Like several of the fillies in this spot, Murphy Style will be making her grass and route debut.

"She acts like she wants to go long and we're taking a shot with the turf," said Mazza.

Handicappers who prefer turf experience will focus on K. D.'s Shady Lady and Paddy's Daisy.

K. D.'s Shady Lady has run once, finishing second in a maiden special weight at Saratoga. Paddy's Daisy ran fourth in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine last time out and will be coupled with Elke. Both are trained by Todd Pletcher.

Speedy Deedy owns a stakes win on the circuit, having taken the off-the-turf Junior Champion Stakes at Monmouth.

Meadowlands BC shaping up tough

The Grade 2, $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup, the high point of the meet, takes place the evening of Friday, Oct. 8, and a solid field is taking shape. Likely runners in the 1 1/8-mile race include Dynever, Balto Star, Lion Tamer, and Toccet.

Dynever ran second in last year's Cup and missed by only 2 1/4 lengths last time out in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont.

Balto Star and Lion Tamer hail from the Todd Pletcher barn. Balto Star is a familiar figure in New Jersey's premier turf stakes. He pulled off a stunning upset in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth last year and was sixth in this year's renewal.

Lion Tamer cruised to easy victory in the Formal Gold Stakes at Monmouth as the 3-10 favorite last time out.

Bowman's Band, last year's Cup winner, had been considered a possible runner but is entered in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. It is possible he could scratch in favor of the Meadowlands BC.

* Live racing resumes Tuesday with an afternoon card starting at 1:10 p.m. The schedule for the balance of the meet will be Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday through Saturday nights.