04/25/2007 11:00PM

Miss Shop's versatility a plus


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - There are some days when Miss Shop has Allen Jerkens scratching his head. There are other days when Miss Shop leaves the Hall of Fame trainer awestruck.

Jerkens will be hoping for the latter at Aqueduct on Saturday when he saddles Miss Shop in the Grade 3, $100,000 Beaugay Handicap, the first turf stakes race of the year in New York. A field of 10 was entered for the Beaugay, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles. Miss Shop will be coupled with Swap Fliparoo, who finished third in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup on dirt last week.

Miss Shop, a 4-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister, is a dual-surface stakes winner this year, having taken the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf and the Grade 2 Rampart Handicap on dirt. In between, she finished fifth in the Grade 3 Honey Fox Handicap on the turf. Jerkens doesn't have an explanation for that poor effort.

"She just never got going,'' Jerkens said. "The fact remains, some days she doesn't run good and that's the end of it. She looked like when she won the Sunshine Millions she won easy.''

With rain in the forecast Saturday, the turf course is likely to be soft. As a 2-year-old, Miss Shop beat males by 7 1/2 lengths over soft Aqueduct turf. If the race is moved to the main track, it would be run at a mile on dirt, and Miss Shop is a stakes winner on dirt at Aqueduct.

On turf, Masseuse is the horse to beat in the Beaugay. Masseuse finished third behind Cassydora and My Typhoon in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Handicap at Tampa Bay Downs, her first start in nine months. That day, she raced closer to the pace than she prefers.

"They went off easy and she was right there the whole way before she got tired,'' trainer Jimmy Toner said. "Any way you look at it, she ran good.''

Masseuse will break from post 10 under Edgar Prado.

Trainer Tom Bush entered three fillies in the race, but is not certain all three will run. He has been pointing Finlandia to this race all winter, and she shows a strong work tab leading up to her first start in six months.

"I know she's fitter than she was last year when I ran her off a layoff,'' Bush said.

Bush also entered Rahys' Appeal, who finished second in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap at Santa Anita in February, and A True Pussycat, who seems better-suited to dirt.

Stormy Kiss, Artistic Express, Wait It Out, and Samsincharge complete the field.