06/09/2005 11:00PM

Mighty Mecke set to step back up

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Mighty Mecke won an off-the-turf stakes at Pimlico, and trainer Steve Klesaris is looking at graded stakes.

Based on his performance in last Sunday's Nick Shuk Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park, the 3-year-old Mighty Mecke will be pointed to one of several graded stakes in early July.

According to trainer Steve Klesaris, he is considering the Grade 3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on July 1, the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown on July 2, and the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4 for Mighty Mecke's next start. Klesaris is also taking a look at the Grade 3 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware on July 17.

Mighty Mecke earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93 for his 2 1/2-length win in the Shuk, a 1 1/16-mile race that was moved from the turf to the main track.

In his lone previous try against graded stakes company, Mighty Mecke finished a distant fifth in the Florida Derby. That is his only loss, however, in four starts on dirt.

Mighty Mecke's only other subpar performance came when he finished eighth in the Woodlawn Stakes, a turf race on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

"Unfortunately, he broke the gate and kind of banged his stifle into the gate that day," Klesaris said. "But he bounced out of that race perfectly. He breezed a couple of days later and he was sharp, so we elected to enter the Shuk as a main track horse."

Klesaris said he would not rule out giving Mighty Mecke a second shot on turf, but for the immediate future, he will remain on the main track.

"We definitely did not get a good read in his only turf start because of the soft ground and the incident before the starting gate," Klesaris said, "but for now we are just going to keep him on the dirt."

Silver Flower may be stakes-bound

After back-to-back impressive wins in sprints, Silver Flower will likely get a shot at small stakes sometime soon.

A 4-year-old gelding, Silver Flower most recently won an optional claimer going six furlongs at Delaware on June 4. His Beyer Figure of 94 was eight points less than he was awarded for a victory at Churchill Downs in his previous start.

Trainer H. Graham Motion, looking at Delaware's condition book, said he will probably point Silver Flower to a six-furlong overnight stakes on July 4. Motion had tried getting Silver Flower to run long in three one-turn miles at Gulfstream Park last winter, but now recognizes the horse is better sprinting.

"It's a shame that I had been trying to run him in route races all winter. The thing was, in my defense, is that he is a very laid-back type of horse, so he gives you the impression he would like to go long," Motion said. "Clearly, he is a better sprinter and is at his best closing in sprint races. His mother was a sprinter, so it looks like he will follow in her footsteps."

Silver Flower's dam is Cottage Flower, who had 5 wins and 2 seconds from 10 starts in sprints with earnings of $167,250.

Teen apprentice wins on first mount

Anna Rosie Napravnik, 17, scored with the first mount of her riding career by guiding the 4-year-old filly Ringofdiamonds to a two-length victory Thursday's first race at Pimlico.

Napravnik was given the mount by trainer Dickie Small, whom she has worked for as an exercise rider for about a year.

Upon reaching the winner's circle, Napravnik was clearly excited.

"That was so much fun," she said. "Since I was about 7 years old, I've dreamed of becoming a jockey. I started out riding a 12-hand pony in pony races."

Napravnik insisted she wasn't the least bit jittery about riding in a real race for the first time.

"I don't get nervous," Napravnik said. "I rode this horse every day in the morning. This is what I came here for. My dreams are coming true."