09/17/2008 11:00PM

Negrete doing rain dance


MIAMI - There will be several trainers praying for rain in south Florida this weekend, but none more than Javier Negrete. He has Finallymadeit cross-entered in both overnight stakes on Saturday's card - The Vid, which is scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf course, and the Plagiarize at 1 1/2 miles over the main track. Both races carry a purse of $55,000.

"I don't want to run Finallymadeit on the turf," said Negrete, who trains Finallymadeit, a homebred son of Concerto, for Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing LLC. "So I'm really hoping it rains and The Vid will be moved to a mile on the main track. I don't really want to run him a mile and one-half either, but if we don't get any rain we'll try him in the long race and hope he can slow down the pace and relax a little bit."

Finallymadeit was one of the premier sprinters on the grounds here as a 3-year-old in 2007, winning eight races at distances ranging from five to seven furlongs, including six stakes. But this year, Finallymadeit has posted all three of his wins around two turns, including both the Memorial Day and Band Is Passing handicaps at 1 1/16 miles.

"Lately he just doesn't want to run short any more," said Negrete. "In fact, after he ran three bad sprint races in a row this summer we thought about retiring him, but the owners said give him one more chance going long, and since then he's won two straight."

Finallymadeit beat Sweetnorthern-saint by 4 1/4 lengths under allowance conditions going a mile on Aug. 3 before returning 13 days later to win the Band Is Passing by four lengths.

"To be honest, he's surprised me with the way he's been able to win going two turns, although he has not surprised his owners," said Negrete. "They always said he'd be better going long."

Negrete's colleague Leo Azpurua Jr. is also hoping The Vid moves to the main track for Sweetnorthern-saint, who rebounded from his setback at the hands of Finallymadeit with a 6 3/4-length triumph in the Primal Stakes. Sweetnorthernsaint finished far back in his only previous start on grass at 2, although he has worked well over the surface here on a couple of occasions during the summer.

Trainer Marty Wolfson also has It's a Bird cross-entered in both The Vid and the Plagiarize. It's a Bird is coming off a 1 1/2-length allowance win in his first start since being transferred to Wolfson's barn earlier this summer. It's a Bird is winless in five attempts on grass.

If The Vid goes as scheduled, Lettie's Relic is the one to beat. A versatile sort, Lettie's Relic has captured his last three starts, two of those victories coming on turf. He also won the five-furlong Hooting Star stakes, a race switched from the turf to the main course on Aug. 9.

Of the eight horses entered in the Plagiarize, only Imawildandcrazyguy has any experience at 1 1/2 miles, although he finished far back in both the Belmont Stakes at 3 and the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap earlier this year.