05/22/2002 11:00PM

Menacing Dennis settles in for meet


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Menacing Dennis, 10th in the Preakness last Saturday, on Tuesday shipped from Pimlico to Monmouth, where he will race during the summer. won his maiden here by 10 3/4 lengths as a 2-year-old last year.

Assistant trainer Salvatore Muniz will oversee his training until trainer Jeff Bonde arrives from California with the rest of his Monmouth string. Bonde was stabled here for the first time last summer. Menacing Dennis came out of the Preakness in good shape and shipped well, Muniz said while giving the gelding his morning bath Thursday.

Bonde said that he and owner Dennis Narlinger have several 3-year-old races at Monmouth picked out for Menacing Dennis. They include the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup, the Grade 3 Long Branch Stakes, and the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational. The Jersey Shore on July 4 is at six furlongs, while the Long Branch - the Haskell prep - is at 1 1/16 miles and the Aug. 4 Haskell is run at 1 1/8 miles.

Bonde said one of the main reasons Menacing Dennis will stable here this summer is because Narlinger has a summer home in the area. Bonde, who had six wins at Monmouth last year, will bring 10 horses for the meet.

"Monmouth's a nice place and the racing is good," he said.

In the Preakness, Menacing Dennis, sent off at 51-1, set the pace through six furlongs before tiring.

"He ran well for as far as he could," Bonde said.

Menacing Dennis, a son of Star de Naskra, was purchased for $100,000 at the Barretts May 2-year-old in training sale. He romped in his debut at Monmouth July 12, recording a 91 Beyer Speed Figure and running five furlongs in 57.74 seconds. He won an entry-level allowance at Santa Anita in the first start this year, and next ran fourth in the Zany Tactics for California-breds. He was beaten a head in his prep for the Preakness, the 1 1/8-mile Snow Chief for statebreds at Hollywood Park.

A turf-loving filly

The eighth race on Saturday is the $50,000 Revidere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf. One of the favorites will be Affirmed Dancer, who is one of the few of the 12 entrants to have won on turf.

Affirmed Dancer has won both her starts, and both came on turf. Trained by John Kimmel, she won her maiden going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream in February and won an entry-level allowance going 1 1/8 miles at Keeneland one month later. "She's a very nice filly," said Brian Ange, who oversees the Kimmel operation at Monmouth. "We thought a lot of her down at Gulfstream and she's been training very well for John in New York."

Eibar Coa will be aboard Saturday.

Cat Rocket, trained by Alex DeRosa, makes her turf debut in the Revidere. She won her last race wire to wire at Aqueduct.

Completing the field are Agbayani, Katie Kreitz, Laukerr, Lyd's a Winnah, Martha's Music, Midnite Deelite, Once Around, Plaza Suite, Weepnomoremylady, and Magnificent Val.

High hopes for Touring England

Phil Oliver is just getting to know Touring England, but he thinks the colt has the potential to be a good one on turf. Touring England, who won his only start for Oliver, makes his graded stakes debut in the Grade 3 Jersey Derby Monday. The $100,000 Jersey Derby, for 3-year-olds on the turf at 1 1/16 miles, is expected to a draw a field of nine or 10.

Oliver purchased Touring England for Alex Campbell Jr. after a third-place finish in the Tempe Handicap at Turf Paradise for trainer Frank Monteleone. Touring England had one win on the turf for Monteleone. Oliver found out the horse was for sale and liked the colt's form from reading the Ragozin sheets. Touring England won an entry-level allowance at Keeneland for him April 20.

"We used the race to get a gauge on him," Oliver said. "He ran well and this race will be a good spot to find out how good he is."

* Dale Beckner, who fell off a horse during training hours Sunday and took off his mounts that day, will resume riding this weekend. The same goes for Roberto Alvarado, who missed the first two weekends of the meet because of a small crack in a vertebra and a torn rotator cuff that resulted from a spill at Philadelphia Park May 4.