03/16/2004 12:00AM

Migliore: Redskin Warrior 'so ready to run'


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - On Tuesday at Aqueduct, Redskin Warrior was aggressive in his final work for Saturday's $200,000 Gotham Stakes. After covering a half-mile in 47.48 seconds, Redskin Warrior appeared eager for more and didn't make it easy for jockey Richard Migliore to pull him up.

As Migliore rode Redskin Warrior back to trainer Jennifer Pedersen's barn, he told Pedersen and owner Ernie Paragallo that Redskin Warrior is well prepared for Saturday.

"He's ready to jump out of his skin; he's so ready to run," said Migliore, who was aboard Redskin Warrior when he won the Best Turn Stakes in his last start, Feb. 21. "He was so strong, but he did that as easy as he could do it."

Redskin Warrior's work was the second fastest of 12 at the distance. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.38 and covered his final eighth of a mile in a solid 12.90 seconds after earlier fractions of 12.47 for the first furlong and 25.01 for the quarter.

Paragallo had seriously considered sending Redskin Warrior and the undefeated Song of the Sword to Turfway Park for Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End or $100,000 Rushaway. Paragallo said Tuesday that he nixed those plans and declared Redskin Warrior a definite for the Grade 3 Gotham. Paragallo also said Song of the Sword would await the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 3.

"I didn't want to van in bad weather on Wednesday and get to Kentucky to find out we drew post 12," Paragallo said. "I tried to get a plane to Cincinnati" - near Turfway Park - "for Friday, but couldn't."

Song of the Sword also worked Tuesday with Migliore aboard. An Unbridled's Song colt, Song of the Sword covered five furlongs in 1:01.57. Paragallo said Song of the Sword and nine of his other horses would leave Sunday for Keeneland. Song of the Sword will train at Keeneland for the Illinois Derby.

The probables for the one-mile Gotham, with riders, are Redskin Warrior (Migliore), Deputy Storm (Jorge Chavez), Eddington (Edgar Prado), Pomeroy (Mike Smith), Quick Action (Shaun Bridgmohan), Saratoga County (Javier Castellano), and War's Prospect (Daniel Santana). Rockhewn is listed as possible.

Secret Run a part of strong Carter field

The prospect of a top field in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap isn't scaring trainer Frank Laboccetta Jr. Laboccetta said he will point Secret Run, who has won five of his last six starts, all in claiming and allowance races, to the $350,000 Carter on April 10.

A 4-year-old son of End Sweep, Secret Run won a six-furlong allowance race here last Friday by 5 1/4 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 111. Laboccetta claimed Secret Run for $40,000 off a winning race last October. Since the claim, Secret Run has won four allowance races.

"We'll take a shot," Laboccetta said. "He did it easy the other day, and [Norberto Arroyo Jr.] never cocked his stick. The Carter is his home field, and he showed he deserved a chance after handling a fast pace the other day."

The Carter is shaping up to be a terrific race, with Congaree, last year's winner, and Strong Hope, Ghostzapper, and Badge of Silver all expected to start.

Win keeps Smok'n Frolic going

Smok'n Frolic decided her fate by winning last Sunday's Grade 3 Next Move for the second year in row. Rather than be retired to the breeding shed, Smok'n Frolic, a 5-year-old, will remain in training and be pointed to the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap on April 17. Last year, Smok'n Frolic finished second in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses after winning the Next Move.

Sunday's Next Move, which Smok'n Frolic won by 6 1/2 lengths, was Smok'n Frolic's first win since the Grade 3 Turfway Park Breeders' Cup in September. She lost four subsequent stakes starts, twice as the favorite.

"The Next Move was a pivotal race," said Todd Pletcher, who trains Smok'n Frolic for Dogwood Stable. "It showed she is still enjoying the game. We'll continue on with her."