07/19/2004 11:00PM

New winner can handle double jump


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Victory Alleged, a promising 3-year-old trained by Dennis Manning, takes a double jump and faces winners for the first time in the $41,000 allowance feature Thursday at Monmouth.

This will be the third start for Victory Alleged, a son of Victory Gallop. He debuted with a strong rally in a six-furlong maiden special weight race, finishing only a half-length behind California Heart, who is highly regarded by his trainer, Patrick Biancone.

Victory Alleged stretched out to 1 1/16 miles next time and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Victory Alleged is skipping a level, jumping into a two-other-than allowance.

"He's been training good, and he ran an impressive race last time," said Joe Bravo, who has the return call to ride. "I can't wait to see what his future brings. Mr. Manning and I have really high hopes for this to be a special horse."

Vous to go from turf to dirt

Trainer Tim Hills has decided that Vous belongs on the main track. Vous won her maiden on a sloppy main track at The Meadowlands in October 2003, but has run her last eight races on the turf - winning once and finishing second twice and third twice. She has made $134,015 of her $147,215 lifetime earnings on the grass.

"We're going to take her off the turf and run her in the Monmouth Oaks," said Hills. "I think her style will be more conducive to dirt. She's a grinder, and she just didn't have that big kick you need on the turf."

The Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Aug. 15.

Vous has not won a race since the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on the turf at Calder in November.

Her best efforts this year are a second in the Via Borghese Stakes at Gulfstream and thirds in the Grade 3 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park and the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs.

"With her style of running - she just grinds it out and keeps running to the wire - she should do better on the main track, especially if it's wet," Hills said. "Good turf horses have that explosive kick in the stretch, and that's not her style."

Catechol to try Jersey-bred turf stakes

Trainer Glenn Thompson has selected a less ambitious spot for Catechol's next stakes. Catechol's last try in a stakes came in the Grade 1 United Nations on July 3.

Catechol, 7, will aim for the $100,000 Jersey Breeder's Turf Highweight Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for New Jersey-breds on Aug. 29.

Some laughed when Thompson entered Catechol, an established $35,000 claimer, in the track's premier turf event at 1 3/8 miles, but there was a method to the seeming madness.

"I trained Catechol in Aiken [S.C.], and I took him up and down the hills in the woods," said Thompson. "He had tons and tons of stamina. I know that he loves the grass. That's why I took a shot at it. You can't get them to write a 1 3/8-mile [dirt] race here. Every once in a while, if I have a reason, I'll take a shot."

The U.N. was not a complete disaster. Catechol beat two horses, and was 205-1.

Thompson wheeled Catechol right back in a claimer a week later and he ran third for his usual $35,000 tag.

Catechol has developed a dislike for the whip. He was making a run in the claimer and jockey Michael Baze went to the whip for added encouragement. Catechol seemed to resent the spanking and hung in the lane.

Thompson is considering racing Catechol without a whip in the future.