01/28/2010 12:00AM

Migliore still waiting for clearance


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore will likely not ride again until Feb. 6 as the result of a mild concussion he suffered in a spill during the running of the first race at Aqueduct on Jan. 23.

Migliore said Thursday that he had visited a neurologist on Wednesday but did not receive clearance to ride. Migliore said that he would like to return to the saddle next Wednesday, but said that Feb. 6 is more likely.

"They like to wait two weeks generally from when it happens," Migliore said. "I'm a little disappointed because I feel pretty good."

Migliore was aboard Honest Wildcat, who was in contention at the eighth pole until breaking down in his right foreleg, suffering fatal injuries. Migliore was taken to North Shore University Hospital where doctors diagnosed a mild concussion but no other injuries.

Migliore said that he "felt a little a spacey" until Wednesday, but was feeling much better Thursday.

Migliore said that Honest Wildcat felt sound during the running of the race and that "it was just one of those freak things." Migliore has seen the replay of the spill.

"I'm lucky I fell to the left," Migliore said. "The way he came down, if I fell forward he would have landed right on top of me."

Going into Friday, Migliore ranked 10th in the jockey standings at Aqueduct's inner-track meet, with 8 wins from 56 mounts. With 4,439 career victories, an obvious goal for Migliore is 5,000 career wins.

"I still have a lot of riding in me," the 45-year-old said.

Indian Burn to stay short for now

One of Migliore's eight victories at the meet came aboard Indian Burn in the Ruthless Stakes here Jan. 10. Migliore should be ready to ride Indian Burn when she makes her next start in the $65,000 Dearly Precious here Feb. 14.

Trainer John Hertler confirmed Thursday that Indian Burn would stay sprinting for now, choosing the six-furlong Dearly Precious over the Busher Stakes at 1 1/16 miles the previous day.

"Because it's working," Hertler said when asked why he chose to keep Indian Burn sprinting.

On Wednesday, Indian Burn worked a half-mile in 50.28 seconds over the Belmont training track, her first breeze since upsetting the Ruthless at 7-1.

Bright Halo looks for Uruguay form

Bright Halo, who runs in Saturday's $65,000 Correction Stakes, was a multiple group stakes winner in Uruguay, but she has yet to carry that form to other countries.

She was soundly beaten in Dubai and France last winter and spring, and in her North American debut she was beaten 26 1/2 lengths in the Snit Stakes over the inner track on Dec. 12. In the Correction, Bright Halo will shorten up to a sprint distance for the first time since 2007.

Trainer Paulo Lobo said Bright Halo had trained well leading up to the Snit, but she went wide entering the clubhouse turn and down the backside.

"It's a little different way that the racetracks are built here, and she blew the first turn and she was wide down the backstretch and she gave up," Lobo said.

Lobo, who took over the training of Bright Halo last August, said he went over Bright Halo after the race and found nothing amiss with the mare. Lobo said he has shortened up Bright Halo's works, hoping to put some more speed into her. On Wednesday, she blew out three furlongs in 37.42 seconds over the Belmont training track.

Borrowing Base to meet males again

For the third straight race, the New York-bred mare Borrowing Base will take on males when she runs in Sunday's $60,000 Coyote Lakes Stakes at 1 5/8 miles.

Two starts back, Borrowing Base beat the boys in the Power Lunch Stakes. Last out, in the Gallant Fox, Borrowing Base could only manage a fifth-place finish. Trainer Pat Quick said Borrowing Base was hampered in the Gallant Fox by the inability to get a proper pre-race warm-up as the horses went onto the track with three minutes to post.

"She didn't have enough time to warm up; she needs to warm up good," Quick said. "And she was 30 lengths behind very good horses, and you can't do that. This time C.C. Lopez is going to ride her and will warm her up good and at least keep her in touch with the back of the field."

Borrowing Base, a 7-year-old mare who won the 2008 Ladies Handicap, drew post 6 in the seven-horse field that includes Gallant Fox one-two-three finishers Tiger's Rock, Nite Light, and Giant Chieftan.

Also entered were Precursor, Jade's Revenge, and Jane's Kid.