12/21/2002 12:00AM

McGaughey ships to try La Prevoyante repeat


MIAMI - Shug McGaughey doesn't run many horses at Calder, but when he does, it pays to take notice.

A year ago McGaughey shipped Amelia across town from his Gulfstream Park base to win the Frances A. Genter Stakes and Krisada to upset the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap at 6-1 and 8-1, respectively. On Sat-urday, McGaughey will bring Amelia back looking to win a second straight edition of the La Prevoyante.

Amelia went to the sidelines for 11 months after her victory in the 2001 Genter, returning to action for the first time against allowance company at Calder on Nov. 9. She finished fourth in her comeback and sixth, beaten only 1 1/2 lengths, four weeks later in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap.

"She broke the back of her sesamoid, that was the reason for the time off," McGaughey explained. "She's a tough horse to train, so it's easier to race her into shape. I thought she ran very well in the My Charmer for just her second start of the year, and she really wants more ground so the 1 1/2 mile distance of the La Prevoyante should be to her advantage."

McGaughey will have his usual full contingent of horses on hand at Gulfstream this winter, with another 22 bedded down at Payson Park. Among the group at Payson is Storm Flag Flying, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner who is all but certain to capture an Eclipse Award.

"She's back in training and will probably come down to Gulfstream around the middle of January," said McGaughey.

The trainer said he had not had the chance to talk to Ogden Phipps, Storm Flag Flying's owner, about short-term plans for the filly, "but there is a good chance she'll run down here at least once before we leave."

Riddlestown to go in McKnight

Niall O'Callaghan, who will have horses stabled at Gulfstream Park for the first time since 1998, will run Riddlestown in Saturday's $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap.

The Irish-bred Riddlestown was awarded victory in Arlington Park's John Henry Handicap via a disqualification on Breeders' Cup weekend. The victory was the second this season for Riddlestown, who finished sixth in the 2001 McKnight.

"The mile and one-half should be right up his alley," said O'Callaghan, who will not be on hand for the McKnight. as he will be vacationing in his native Ireland over the holidays.

Track supports medical research

Ken Dunn, Calder's president, presented a check for $20,000 here Saturday to Robin Cleary on behalf of the Robin Cleary Paralysis Research Fund at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Cleary, a former exercise rider and assistant trainer to her husband, Brian Cleary, was paralyzed in a riding accident at Calder in 1996. She has collected more than $156,000 in donations in 2002 and more than $430,000 since she began her fund-raising efforts five years ago.

The Miami Project is the world's largest facility dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

* Nonsuch Bay, who was scratched out of what would have been her grass debut in Saturday's $100,000 Frances Genter, worked seven furlongs in a sharp 1:25.80 over the main track at Gulfstream earlier that morning. The Grade 1 winner is nominated to this Saturday's Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap.