11/14/2002 12:00AM

Mrs. Revere forces Mott's hand


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Unless it's something like the Kentucky Derby or Breeders' Cup, it just doesn't make much sense for a trainer to run three of his horses against each other in the same race.

But Bill Mott and his longtime assistant Ralph Nicks have made an exception for Saturday. They will be represented with three fillies in the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, accounting for one quarter of the 12-horse field.

"This is the last chance they'll get to run strictly against 3-year-olds," Nicks said Thursday. "They're all accomplished fillies with different owners. They all deserve a shot at getting a Grade 2 under their belts."

The three fillies are Showlady, Styleistick, and High Maintenance. All have won at least one stakes, but only Showlady, who formerly was trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, has won a graded race, the Grade 3 Boiling Springs at The Meadowlands in September.

Nicks is fully aware that it can be counterproductive to run more than one of a stable's horses against each other - partly because owners' feelings can get hurt, but mostly because only one horse can win. Nonetheless, with the Mrs. Revere presenting a rare opportunity at this stage of this season, "this race should dictate what we do with these three horses next year," he said. "It's a pretty tough race and should tell us where we stand with all of them."

Realistically, any of the three can win.

Showlady will be making her first start since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last month for McLaughlin. Owned by Darley Stud, she is lightly raced but has shown considerable promise in five starts.

Styleistick, owned by a partnership led by Team Valor, has seemed to tail off somewhat in recent months, but she was sensational in winning the Green River and Appalachian earlier in her career.

High Maintenance came to hand this year in winning 4 of 5 starts before finishing third in the Valley View at Keeneland last month. Owned by Lewis Lakin, she has a versatile stalking style that could come in handy Saturday.

"I like 'em all," said Nicks.

Take Charge Lady works a bullet

Take Charge Lady had her first work since finishing a disappointing sixth in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Distaff, going a half-mile in a bullet 47.40 seconds here Thursday morning.

Take Charge Lady, who has recovered from a lung infection diagnosed after the Distaff, is the likely favorite for the $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Nov. 28. Trainer Ken McPeek said he might even consider running her back in the Dec. 7 Great State Challenge at Sam Houston if she comes out of the Falls City in good order.

"We're talking about it," he said.

Dead heat weekend: A record?

Racetracks can go weeks, if not months, before two horses dead-heat for win.

So when dead heats occurred within a span of just five races last weekend at Churchill, it prompted veteran sportswriter Billy Reed to begin asking questions.

There were dead heats between White Cat and Skamper in the seventh race last Saturday, and between Summer Scene and City Rain in the first race Sunday.

Reed wrote in his latest article on churchilldowns.com that the track "now owns the world record for dead heats in the shortest span of races, until some computer geek or racing scholar can prove differently."

With racing's storehouse of comprehensive statistical information being notoriously incomplete in regard to such far-fetched categories, proving Reed wrong would seem rather difficult indeed. Evidence to the contrary, anyone?

* Roxelana, winner of a money allowance race here last week, probably will run next in the Dec. 7 Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway Park, said trainer William "Blackie" Huffman.

* Jockey Jason Lumpkins has arrived in Kentucky from northern California but will take some time off before riding the final week of the Churchill meet, which ends Nov. 30. Lumpkins then will ride regularly at Turfway Park, said agent Steve Elzey.