11/07/2001 1:00AM

McGaughey takes two shots at Long Island


Shug McGaughey is expected to send out the uncoupled entry of Krisada and Kris Pit in Saturday's Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct.

While both are daughters of outstanding grass sire Kris S., only Krisada has proven herself on the turf with a 4-2-4 record from 16 turf starts. Although Krisada has not won a stakes, she is coming off a solid third-place finish in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 14 where she was beaten only a head over a yielding turf course.

"I thought she ran great and came out of it great," said McGaughey, who won the 1988 Long Island with Dancing All Night. "She didn't like any part of that course."

The Dowager was Krisada's first start off a three-month layoff, primarily because he couldn't find a place for her to run, according McGaughey. Krisada was entered in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap on Aug. 10 at Saratoga, but scratched when the race came off the turf.

Kris Pit, owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's Ol Memorial Stable, will be making her turf debut in the Long Island.

"I breezed her on grass a couple of times in Florida and it didn't seem to make that much of a difference with her," McGaughey said. "But I said if I ever ran her on grass I'm going to run her long and this is the opportunity."

In other developments in the McGaughey barn, Saarland breezed three furlongs in 35.58 seconds Wednesday and is likely to run next in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes on Nov. 24. Saarland finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"He worked awfully well today, I don't know why he ran so bad in the Breeders' Cup," said McGaughey, who added that he needed to talk to owner Cynthia Phipps before committing to running in the Remsen. "I think he'll like two turns."

McGaughey added that Atelier, the fourth-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, could run in the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap on Nov. 23.

Clement firing last local shot

Trainer Christophe Clement won seven stakes - all on the grass - in New York this year. He shoots for another with Summer Solstice, his last stakes starter in New York this season, in the Long Island.

Clement, who has won two runnings of the Long Island, is preparing to leave town for Florida, where he will base his operation during the winter. But first he has business to attend to with Summer Solstice, a 4-year-old who hasn't run since February.

Summer Solstice raced in France last year, mainly in listed stakes, before coming into Clement's barn late in the season. Clement was looking forward to Summer Solstice's 2001 campaign after she won the Gulfstream allowance race for her third career victory, but the filly had some physical problems that forced the trainer to put her on the sidelines.

"She was off behind and I gave her a lot of time," Clement said. "She's training great and looks great, but there are a few questions: Is she good enough? Is she fit enough? Those are important questions, but I know she is nice and she is pretty fit. This is the last stakes in New York I will run in, and I'll try my best to win it."

The other expected starters in the Grade 2 Long Island are Moon Queen, Krisada, Moonlady, Bowl of Emeralds, Queue, Sweetest Thing, Affianced, Lady Dora, Cruise Along, and Kris Pit. Bail Bond is questionable.

Red Bullet stretches legs

Red Bullet, the 2000 Preakness winner, was given credit by Belmont clockers for a half-mile breeze in 50.61 seconds Wednesday morning as he continues preparation for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 24. Trainer Joe Orseno said Red Bullet was just out for an open gallop and was scheduled to have a five-furlong breeze over the weekend.

"I like the way my horse is doing," Orseno said. "I got time for two more works. He's sitting on go."

Orseno said he hadn't finalized plans for a jockey. Gary Stevens may be in Japan that day. "If Gary's in Japan, I'm going to have to see who wants to win it," Orseno said.

Orseno said that Macho Uno, the fourth-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Krieger, a stakes-caliber turf horse, left Tuesday for owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South Farm in Ocala, Fla., for a brief freshening. Orseno said he would pick up both horses later this month or in early December on his way to Gulfstream Park, where both horses are expected to see activity throughout the meet.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson