09/16/2004 11:00PM

This 'Miss' far better at home


MIAMI - Be it ever so humble, there's certainly no place like home for Redoubled Miss.

Redoubled Miss, one of the leaders of the local filly and mare handicap division for the past several seasons, packed her bags and headed north this spring and did not return until late last month. She will make her first start since departing the area in Sunday's $40,000 Emergency Nurse Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile overnight event that serves as a prep for the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap on Oct. 23.

Redoubled Miss has posted all seven of her career victories at Calder but is 0 for 15 away from home. She did run well this summer at Delaware, where she finished second in two of her three starts, including the Obeah Handicap on June 19. She also gained some notoriety as well as a little black type this winter at Gulfstream Park when she was the runner-up behind Sightseek in the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap and Storm Flag Flying under optional claiming and allowance conditions two weeks earlier.

"I knew she would be going north for the summer, where there was a little more opportunity to run for bigger purses and perhaps to get her another graded stakes placing," said Ron Spatz, who trains Redoubled Miss locally for her owner-breeder, Centaur Farms. "Naturally I'm glad to have her back, and she seems happy to be back."

The Emergency Nurse will be Redoubled Miss's first start over her home track since she won the Stage Door Betty Handicap by a nose in her 2003 finale.

"This is her favorite track by far, and she certainly fits in very well with the group she'll run against on Sunday," said Spatz. "I don't anticipate she'll need a race even though she's been off six weeks. She always seems to run well fresh, but to be honest I've got bigger fish to fry later on, and this isn't our main goal. Right now the Shocker T. is our major objective, although I certainly think she has a very good chance of winning this race."

Among Redoubled Miss's chief opposition in the Emergency Nurse are Pampered Princess, Dakota Light, and Chase Gap.

"I think everything being equal, my filly and Pampered Princess are noses apart," said Spatz. "We beat her by just about that margin the last time we raced here. She beat us pretty good in the Banshee Breeze at Gulfstream, but that race came right after the Rampart, and my filly just wasn't herself. I think I tried to squeeze one to many out of her, and she was never comfortable that day."

Pampered Princess has won 2 of her last 3 starts, both overnight stakes, but is at her best on the lead, and she figures to receive some early pressure in the Emergency Nurse from Teak Totem and Maria's Image.

Dakota Light was beaten a half-length after a furious stretch battle with Pampered Princess when the pair met under similar conditions in the Precious Feather Stakes on Aug. 6.

Molina's allowance now seven pounds

Apprentice jockey Juan Molina Jr. lost three pounds off his 10-pound allowance after winning Thursday's second race aboard Quiero Saber de Ti. The victory was the first for Molina this year.

Trainer Edward Williams also got his first victory of the year when Velma Kelly outgamed Lilly'softhefield to capture Friday's fourth race.