10/18/2005 12:00AM

Migliore could shine with statebreds


ELMONT, N.Y. - While jockey Richard Migliore is looking forward to Breeders' Cup Day on Oct. 29, he is equally enthused about this Saturday's New York Showcase program at Belmont. Migliore, a New York native himself, said he believes he is sitting on several top contenders in the seven stakes for statebreds worth $1 million in purses.

Migliore rides Parkhimonbroad-way (Sleepy Hollow), My Interpreta-tion (Maid of the Mist), Kate Winslet (Ticonderoga), Chestertown Slew (Mohawk), Seeking the Ante (Iroquois), Papua (Hudson), and S. Cherry Legacy (Empire Classic).

Kate Winslet, trained by Rick Violette, comes off a solid 2 3/4-length score in the slower-run division of the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga. She figures to be forwardly placed in the 1 1/8-mile Ticonderoga, where she will meet On the Bus, the defending champ of this race and the winner of the faster division of the Yaddo.

"You need to let her get involved and march on,'' Migliore said of Kate Winslet.

Kate Winlset and On the Bus were both assigned 119 pounds. A large field is expected for the $150,000 Ticonderoga, including Sabellina, Little Buttercup, The Lamp Is Lit, Beebe Lake, Nurse Culkin, Finlandia, Half Heaven, Mother's Sacrifice, Rahys' Appeal, and Elise's Energy.

In the $150,000 Mohawk, for males at nine furlongs on turf, Migliore will be board Chestertown Slew, who is 3 for 3 against New York-breds on the turf. In his most recent start, Chestertown Slew finished sixth, beaten only 3 1/2 lengths by Jambalaya in the Grade 3 Saranac Handicap at Saratoga.

"He's doing really well,'' said Migliore, who breezed Chestertown Slew in a bullet 46.89 seconds over Belmont's training track on Sunday.

As a 3-year-old, Chestertown Slew gets in with 114 pounds, an eight-pound concession from probable favorite Certifiably Crazy. Other contenders include Provincetown, Dave, and Continental Reins.

John Kimmel trains Chestertown Slew. Kimmel and Migliore will also team up in the $100,000 Maid of the Mist for 2-year-old fillies with My Interpretation, and the $125,000 Iroquois, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, with Seeking the Ante.

My Interpretation will be returning to dirt after winning her maiden and running second in the P.G. Johnson on turf. She lost both of her dirt tries at 5 1/2 furlongs.

"John and I are not sure if it was stretching out or the grass that made the difference,'' Migliore said. "I think we're both of the opinion that it was more the distance than the surface that helped her. I guess we won't know till Saturday.''

Artistic Express, winner of the Joseph A. Gimma, and Cinderella's Dream, an 11-length winner of a seven-furlong maiden race, are the ones to beat in the Maid of the Mist.

The last time Seeking the Ante ran seven furlongs at Belmont, she won the Grade 2 Nassau County in May. She has won her last two starts against New York-breds and two starts back won a seven-furlong open company allowance race at Saratoga.

"Seven-eighths is her best distance,'' Migliore said. "That plays to her strength.''

Migliore rides Papua in the $125,000 Hudson for male sprinters, and the Parkhimonbroadway in the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow for 2-year-olds, both for trainer Mike Hushion. Papua, a 6-year-old multiple stakes winner, comes off a solid allowance win against statebreds on Sept. 29. He finished third in this race last year behind Friendly Island and Clever Electrician, both of whom he will face again.

"He's a graded-stakes-placed sprinter and he's going to get plenty of pace,'' Migliore said of Papua.

Parkhimonbroadway finished a troubled third as the 3-5 favorite in the Bertram Bongard Stakes last month. Migliore takes over for Pablo Fragoso, who was aboard him that day. Migliore on Monday breezed Parkhimonbroadway five furlongs in 1:01.87.

In the $250,000 Empire Classic, Migliore figures to be aboard a longshot in S. Cherry Legacy. S. Cherry Legacy won his only start at Belmont in May, taking a 1 1/4-mile starter allowance race.

"He's a horse that's run really well at Belmont and he will be going forward when some of the others are gong backward,'' Migliore said. "He needs things to go his way, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.''

A large field is expected for the Empire Classic, including last year's top three finishers - Spite the Devil, West Virginia and Mr. Determined. Galloping Grocer has also been confirmed for the Classic.

Looking ahead to the Breeders' Cup, Migliore is confirmed to ride the undefeated Nothing But Fun in the $2 million Distaff and Artie Schiller in the $1.5 million Mile.

Acey Deucey will miss Iroquois

On last year's New York Showcase Day, Acey Deucey won her maiden by a head over Seeking the Ante. Acey Deucey has had a terrific 3-year-old season, highlighted by her win in the Grade 1 Prioress this summer.

Acey Deucey was injured in the Grade 1 Test and her connections were hoping to make it back in time for Saturday's Iroquois But a training setback last week will more than likely force her to miss the race.

"She kicked herself in a hind leg and there was just some filling,'' trainer John Morrison said. "It set us back enough to where I don't feel we can make the race.''

Morrison said he is hopeful he can get Acey Deucey ready to run in the Grade 2, $150,000 First Flight Handicap here on Oct. 30, closing day.

Melhor Ainda to undergo surgery

Melhor Ainda, a multiple-stakes-winning 3-year-old turf filly trained by Bobby Frankel, was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday in Kentucky to remove chips from an ankle.

Frankel had been pointing Melhor Ainda to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf despite her seventh-place finish in the Flower Bowl Invitational last out. Prior to that, Melhor Ainda suffered a narrow loss in the Beverly D. and ran second in the Grade 1 American Oaks.

"She always had rough ankles,'' Frankel said. "We X-rayed her after the American Oaks and she didn't have them. She was operated on for the same thing last year. She's not lame or anything, her ankles were puffy. I probably could have run her in the Filly and Mare Turf, but I'm not comfortable running her in that kind of race with problems.''