11/08/2001 12:00AM

Migliore, Davis to man home front


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Richard Migliore and Robbie Davis, two jockeys who have made Gulfstream Park their winter home the last several years, will stay in New York and ride at Aqueduct this winter.

Both riders cited family matters as the primary reason for their decision.

Migliore's wife, Carmela, recently gave birth to the couple's fourth child and first daughter. Migliore said he also wanted to spend more time with his three growing sons.

"My priority's got to be my family. It's not solely a business decision, it's a personal decision as well," said Migliore, who spent the last three winters at Gulfstream. "We have a new baby, my boys are at an age where I'm missing a lot of stuff that I'm never going to get back."

Migliore has won nine riding titles at Aqueduct, including the winter meets of 1995 and 1997.

"The first time I went to Florida it was to shed that winter-rider moniker that you get and to step up and prove you can compete with the so-called heavy heads," Migliore said. "I proved that point."

Davis has spent the last five or six winters in Florida, but also wants to stay closer to home to spend more time with his six children.

"The oldest children are getting older, and the switching schools thing gets very difficult," said Mike Kelly, Davis's agent. "Also, the purse money in New York is going to be quite good and, hopefully, it gets better if they get this VLT thing going."

Kelly was referring to the fact that New York recently passed legislation to allow video lottery terminals to be installed at several of the state's racetracks, including Aqueduct. The timetable for their installation has not been finalized.

Davis missed three days of riding at Aqueduct this week to ride in the Crown Prince's Cup in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Jean-Luc Samyn, who skipped Florida last year to ride in New York, is likely to stay in New York again this winter, agent Ralph Theroux Jr. said.

In other jockey news, Jose Velez Jr., the second all-time leading rider at Calder who spent this summer and fall at The Meadowlands, will ride the winter at Aqueduct. Vic Gilardi, who recently split with Shaun Bridgmohan, will serve as Velez's agent.

Miss Linda works toward Falls City

Miss Linda, the Spinster winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.85 at Belmont Thursday morning in preparation for the $250,000 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22.

"Very nice," trainer John Kimmel said of the work.

Miss Linda, a 4-year-old daughter of Southern Halo, had a three-race winning streak snapped when she finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Kimmel said he has not noticed the filly tailing off.

"Sometimes horses don't give you any obvious signs that they're tailing off form," Kimmel said. "By the time that race cycles back, I think she'll be ready for another top performance."

Kimmel said Miss Linda would probably work again on Wednesday then ship to Kentucky on Monday and train over the Churchill strip for two days.

Also on Thursday, Kimmel worked Indy Vidual five furlongs in 1:02.03 over Belmont's training track. Indy Vidual, a 7-year-old son of A.P. Indy who has won eight of 23 starts, suffered a slight strain of the suspensory ligament while training at Saratoga during the summer. He last raced on June 27, taking a money allowance race at Belmont.

Kimmel is hoping to get a race for Indy Vidual as a prep for a stakes at Calder in December.

Indy Vidual, a 7-year-old son of A.P. Indy, has never won a stakes. He was third in the Grade 1 Man o' War in 1998.

"He's just coming into the prime of his life," Kimmel joked. "He's had a lot of physical issues, but he has a presence to him. Maybe next year will be his year."

Peeping Tom drills for Cigar Mile

Peeping Tom began preparations for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, to be run Nov. 24, by working four furlongs in 50.56 seconds Thursday over Belmont's main track. It was his first breeze since finishing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 27.

"He went slow early came home his last eighth in 12 [seconds]," trainer Pat Reynolds said. "As soon as he hit the wire, he said 'cut,' that's enough; he knows where the wire is."

Peeping Tom first made a name for himself by finishing second in last year's Cigar Mile, at 46-1, to El Corredor, who was recently retired. This year, Peeping Tom won his first four starts, including the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.

"He got good for us this time last year," Reynolds said. "This time we'll try to be close and get the Cigar. He ran well in it last year and he ran well in the Met Mile so I know the distance isn't a problem."

* Aqueduct will be open Monday, Veteran's Day. Entries for that card will be taken on Saturday. Also, Aqueduct will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.