10/05/2004 11:00PM

Mr O'Brien returns to grass

Mr O'Brien will run in Saturday's Kelso Breeders' Cup, his first start at a mile since winning the May 1 Henry Clark.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mr O'Brien, who is coming off a terrible effort in an off-the-turf stakes at Pimlico, will be back on his preferred surface in Saturday's $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park.

Mr O'Brien finished last, beaten 21 lengths, in the Shapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap, a race that was moved to the dirt because of rain Sept. 18. Trainer Robin Graham decided to run Mr O'Brien because he had previously won on a wet track.

By the time the Shapiro was run, the track was listed as fast.

"He runs fine when it is really muddy," Graham said. "What happened was that the track dried out quickly, and at the three-eighth pole he said, 'That's enough for me.' "

Mr O'Brien has run some terrific races on the turf in Grade 1 races this year, including a third-place finish in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont on June 5. He was beaten less than two lengths by Meteor Storm and Millennium Dragon in the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan. He also finished second in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park in July, beaten a half-length by Request for Parole.

The Grade 2 Kelso will be Mr O'Brien's first start at a mile since he won the ungraded Henry Clark Stakes by nine lengths at Pimlico on May 1. The Clark was Mr O'Brien's first race since early January.

"I really don't know his best distance," Graham said. "He ran that mile race in his first start back, so I thought he might have been a little short on training that day. The thing is that he has become more professional and has learned to relax."

Eibar Coa will ride Mr O'Brien, who will carry 119 pounds as the co-highweight with Millennium Dragon and Stroll. Others pointing to the Kelso are Christine's Outlaw and Willard Straight. French Lieutenant, Herculated, and Proud Man are considered possible.

Board Elligible to step up again

Board Elligible, fourth in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 27, will take another crack at Grade 1 competition in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame.

A 4-year-old New York-bred, Board Elligible will be a longshot in the field, which is expected to include Grade 1 winners Sightseek, Society Selection, and Storm Flag Flying, and Nevermore. Pocus Hocus is listed as possible for the 1 1/8-mile Beldame.

A restricted stakes winner, Board Elligible was scheduled to make her first Grade 1 appearance in the Go for Wand at Saratoga on Aug. 1, but was a vet scratch behind the gate because she was moving awkwardly. It was later determined that nothing was physically wrong with her, but that she was in season.

Trainer Jimmy Ferraro said he is willing to take another shot with Grade 1 horses because Board Elligible thrives in cooler weather and she does well at Belmont, where she is 3-2-0 in 6 starts.

"She loves running at Belmont and training at Aqueduct," Ferraro said. "It's getting toward the end of the year, but she is still improving, and I think she can make a little jump up."

Timo puts in second work

Timo, a multiple stakes winner who was sidelined during the summer with a foot abscess, worked for the second time since his layoff Wednesday at Belmont. Timo

covered a half-mile on the main track in 49.67 seconds.

Trainer Bill Badgett is pointing Timo to the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28.

"I probably won't have enough time to run him before, but that should be all right because I got him ready off of works for his first race in April," Badgett said.

A 3-year-old, Timo hasn't run since winning the Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup Handicap at Delaware Park on June 26. He also won the Grade 3 Translyvania at Keeneland off a layoff on April 2.

L'Oiseau d'Argent scores

L'Oiseau d'Argent didn't want to load. But when the gates opened, he didn't want to stop.

Under Richard Migliore, L'Oiseau d'Argent quickly made the front Wednesday and led all the way to win the $61,100 Elusive Quality Stakes by one length. Mogador rallied from off the pace to be second, a neck ahead of No Parole.

L'Oiseau d'Argent, a 5-year-old trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, ran the mile in 1:34.33 over a firm Widener Turf Course and returned $6.20 as the 2-1 favorite.

All Trumps: Dover or Champagne

Trainer Angel Penna has entered All Trumps in Saturday's Dover Stakes at Delaware Park. But he thinks enough of All Trumps that he also will enter him in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne Stakes. While the Dover will naturally be an easier spot, Penna is seriously thinking of swinging for the fences in the Champagne.

"I'm very confident this is a really decent horse," Penna said. "It's just a matter of he's green."

A Grand Slam colt, All Trumps was bet to favoritism in his debut at Saratoga, and he finished fifth after breaking slowly and getting bumped at the break. He returned one month later to win his maiden by two lengths at the Spa.

Referring to All Trumps's debut, Penna said: "He got squeezed at the gate, squeezed at the top of the stretch, and squeezed at the three-sixteenth pole, but he never gave up. In his second race, I think he was just the best horse that day."

Penna did not name a rider for All Trumps in Delaware. He would have Cornelio Velasquez if All Trumps runs here.

Torre has himself a runner

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre will certainly have more pressing concerns Saturday, when his team is scheduled to play Game 4 of the American League playoffs, but he will be interested in the proceedings at Belmont Park. Torre is part of the group that claimed Sis City for $50,000 at Saratoga on Aug. 5.

After romping to a 16-length victory in a stakes race at Monmouth Park last month, Sis City will take a big step up in class when she runs Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette.

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he was disappointed that Sis City only won her maiden by a nose the day he claimed her from Steve Asmussen. Sis City had opened up a sizeable advantage in midstretch, but barely hung on in the 5 1/2 furlong race.

Dutrow said he found nothing physically wrong with Sis City, and when he couldn't find a race for Sis City, he stuck her in the Mongo Queen Stakes at Monmouth Park. She went gate to wire and won by 16 lengths.

"We took a shot and put her in and she freaked," Dutrow said. "Unbelievable. The jock [Eibar Coa] said he never let her run. I was disappointed when she won at Saratoga, because I thought she was going to win by six or seven."

Dutrow said he has been happy with the way Sis City has trained since the Monmouth race, including a five-furlong breeze in 1:02.59 at Aqueduct on Monday.

Others expected to run in the Frizette are Balletto, Comacina, Hanging Chads, J P Jewel, Play With Fire, and Ready's Gal.

My Typhoon to Miss Grillo

My Typhoon, an impressive debut winner on turf at Saratoga, was nominated to Saturday's Frizette, but she will make her next start in the Miss Grillo Stakes on turf here Oct. 24.

Trainer Bill Mott said if he and owner Live Oak Plantation decide to run My Typhoon on the dirt, it would most likely be in the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.

- additional reporting by David Grening