12/13/2004 12:00AM

Migliore back earlier than expected

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Evening Attire, winning the 2004 Saratoga Breeders' Cup, will not race this winter, said trainer Pat Kelly.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Richard Migliore said he wouldn't have minded taking one week off following the Breeders' Cup. He wasn't planning on taking seven.

A gate mishap two days before the Breeders' Cup ultimately resulted in Migliore having a broken right wrist and a fractured rib, knocking him out of action for seven weeks. That unscheduled vacation ends Wednesday, when Migliore returns to race riding, two weeks ahead of his projected return.

Migliore, 40, has one mount on Wednesday's card, Shorty Knudtson, in an entry-level allowance race for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. He is named on three for Thursday.

On Dec. 6, doctors gave Migliore the green light to return to action, and he has been getting on horses and drumming up business ever since. Initially, Migliore was looking at returning New Year's Day.

Migliore was injured when he was thrown from his mount in the starting gate Oct. 28 at Aqueduct. Migliore kept his assignments two days later on Artie Schiller in the Breeders' Cup Mile and Bwana Charlie in the BC Sprint. He has not ridden since.

Migliore got on horses Sunday and Monday, and while he's not ready to ride six or seven a day, he said he feels well enough to get going.

"My arm's perfect," Migliore said. "My body's a little body sore from horses pulling."

Migliore has finished in the top three of the inner-track standings each of the last two years, including 2003-04, when he went 51 for 206 and finished third behind Pablo Fragoso and Shaun Bridgmohan. Although Migliore said a riding title is not his key objective, he does feel he has something to prove this winter.

"I want to make a statement," said Migliore, who has won nine Aqueduct riding titles. "I'm not saying that I'm going to try and be leading rider; I've been there and I've done that. But I want people to know how much passion I have for what I do. I don't want anyone to think that I'm not 100 percent committed to doing what I do. I want to make a statement. I do want to make an impact."

Migliore is closing in on 4,000 career victories. At the time he was injured, Migliore had 3,973 wins.

Evening Attire to get winter vacation

Evening Attire, the multiple graded-stakes-winning gelding who finished second in the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap on Dec. 4, will get the winter off, trainer Pat Kelly said Monday.

Kelly said that there were no physical issues with Evening Attire, but that there was nothing attractive about running in New York's handicap stakes program this winter.

"I'm not going to carry 123 pounds all winter," said Kelly, who said he feels his horse has been overweighted in several stakes races. "He's [going to be] 7 years old; he was here all last winter. We'll just give him a vacation. They want him for the publicity, but they don't want to give him a chance to win."

Kelly said the last time Evening Attire had a break was two winters ago, following his 2002 campaign in which he won the Saratoga Breeders' Cup and Jockey Club Gold Cup and was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Kelly said the only race in 2005 for which he is specifically aiming Evening Attire is the Saratoga Cup, a race Evening Attire also won this past summer.

"I just want him back for Saratoga next year and see if we can win the Saratoga Cup three years out of four," Kelly said.

Jockeys escape injury in spill

Jockeys Alan Garcia and Rajiv Maragh are both likely to ride Wednesday after escaping serious injury in a spill that occurred after Sunday's sixth race.

Garcia was aboard Shesmiopie, who took a bad step galloping out after finishing fourth and unseating her rider. Maragh, aboard Contemptuous, fell over Shesmiopie. Garcia and Maragh were both taken off the track on stretchers. Garcia was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where X-rays were negative.

Agent Doug Hatten said Garcia suffered cuts and bruises but would likely ride Wednesday. Agent Joey DiAngelo said Maragh took off his mounts Monday and Tuesday at Philadelphia Park, but would also likely ride Wednesday.

Throat surgery helps Daddy Joe

Fusaichi Samurai wasn't the only high-priced 2-year-old to come out of the Fasig-Tipton February sale at Calder and win his maiden Saturday.

Daddy Joe, a son of Unbridled's Song who was purchased by Ernie Paragallo for $900,000 - a mere pittance compared to the $4.5 million Fusaichi Samurai fetched - went gate to wire to win a mile-and-70-yard race by 5 3/4 lengths.

He covered the distance in 1:43.59 and earned a Beyer Figure of 73.

Owner Ernie Paragallo said Daddy Joe underwent throat surgery following his second-place finish to Indy Moon on Nov. 10.

"He couldn't breathe," Paragallo said. "The first three times he ran, they couldn't find anything. The fourth time, they said he was all covered with ulcers. I said, It took me running him back in three days for you to find it?"

Before finishing second on Nov. 10, Daddy Joe had run fifth on Nov. 6.

Paragallo said that if Daddy Joe comes back well, he would likely run back in the $75,000 Count Fleet Stakes here Jan. 8.