01/16/2004 12:00AM

Migliore isn't in town for the weather


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jockey Richard Migliore, who has already made three successful trips from his New York base to south Florida to win stakes races over the last three weeks, will try to do it again when he rides likely favorite Artie Schiller in Sunday's $60,000 Dave Feldman Stakes on the turf.

Migliore won Calder's Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap aboard Volga on Dec. 27 and the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap with Millennium Dragon the following weekend for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. He returned last Sunday and won the Grade 3 The First Lady Handicap with Harmony Lodge for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens figures to have similar success bringing Migliore to town for the Feldman. Migliore rode Artie Schiller to two grass victories at Belmont in 2003, and was in Florida to work the son of El Prado five furlongs in 1:00.40 last Sunday morning at Palm Meadows.

Artie Schiller will return to the turf for this race, his 3-year-old debut, after finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Read the Footnotes in the Grade 2 Remsen on dirt. One start before the Remsen, Artie Schiller finished second to Timo, a multiple stakes winner, in the Pilgrim Stakes.

Among Artie Schiller's chief rivals in the about 1 1/16-mile Feldman are Commendation, Up Anchor, and Master William.

Commendation defeated Up Anchor by a nose under allowance conditions at Keeneland in October, and those two finished within inches of one other again when sixth and seventh in Calder's Mecke Stakes on New Year's Day. Both colts were victims of unlucky trips in the Mecke and are eligible to rebound with big efforts in the Feldman.

Master William accomplished the rare feat of winning his maiden in a stakes race when he rallied from far back for a half-length victory in Woodbine's restricted Cup and Saucer Stakes. A son of King of Kings, Master William is the first starter at this Gulfstream Park meet for trainer Michael Dickinson.

The lack of any genuine speed in the Feldman field could give Gin Rummy Champ a chance to score yet another upset if he can relax on the lead. Gin Rummy Champ is perfect in two starts since being switched over to turf by trainer Frank Gomez for his 2-year-old finale, winning his maiden and first-level allowance conditions within a 19-day span at 18-1 and 14-1.

The well-traveled America America is the only filly in the Feldman. Last fall in Texas, America America defeated males for her only stakes victory, but she could do no better than sixth launching her 3-year-old campaign against females in Calder's Tropical Oaks.