04/24/2008 12:00AM

Ness hopes latest claim just as good


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Can Jamie Ness catch lightning in a bottle again?

Still enjoying success with his 2007 claim Lookinforthesecret, Ness sends out his new acquisition Seismatic on Saturday in a full field of turf sprinters in an allowance at about five furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs.

Last season, Ness reached in during the Tampa meeting and claimed the sprinter Lookinforthesecret from trainer James Hartley for $12,500. Now, a little more than a year later, Lookinforthesecret has won 11 races and earned more than $300,000 for Ness.

On April 13, Ness dropped a claim slip for $16,000 for Seismatic, who also raced for the Hartley stable, and took that 5-year-old home after a close third-place finish in a five-furlong grass sprint.

On the surface, it would appear Ness was in the market for a turf sprinter, but the trainer says the horse's future may lie on the dirt and not on the grass.

"I really took this horse with an eye toward moving him to the dirt eventually," Ness said. "His breeding suggests he might like dirt better than turf, and he's also got conditions, so we can race him in allowance or high-priced claiming company."

Seismatic has experience on both surfaces, Ness added.

"I went back and checked on his record, and early in his career he raced all right on dirt, so we'll see," he said. "I thought Saturday's race fit him for now, but on down the line I'm thinking dirt may be his future."

Ronnie Allen Jr. will handle Seismatic for Ness at 116 pounds.

Seismatic has a single win in his career but has a number of solid efforts in defeat, finishing second twice this winter in allowance races on the turf and third three times. Last time out he was slowly gaining on the winner to be beaten just 1 1/2 lengths.

Frozen Prospect, who makes his first start since October, tops the challengers to Seismatic in the 10th-race headliner. Trained by Linda Rice, Frozen Prospect won her maiden against $45,000 claiming sprinters on the turf at Belmont, and came back to be third and fourth in her two outings against winners at Belmont and the Meadowlands.

She has been training smartly for her 2008 debut, and while she takes on males, she still deserves a long look.

Grand Assassin, who has led into the final furlong of his last two, including a turf sprint, breaks from the rail post and looks like the horse to catch under Pedro Gonzalez. Juan Camilo trains Grand Assassin, whose lone win came sprinting on the turf at Laurel.