05/28/2008 11:00PM

Nicksappealinglady tries turf


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Greg Sacco left the decision to enter Nicksappealinglady in the $65,000 Little Silver Stakes in the hands of veteran jockey Herb McCauley.

Nicksappealinglady will face

10 rivals in the one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Monmouth Park after McCauley liked what he saw and felt in a key test Thursday morning.

Nicksappealinglady has never run on the grass. In fact, she had never set foot on a grass course until McCauley took her out Thursday for a three-furlong workout.

"If Herbie gives me the green light, we'll be in there Saturday," Sacco said.

The light switched to the go position after the breeze was clocked in 36.60.

"That was well within herself," said McCauley who will ride her in the stakes. "For her first time being on the grass with the cones way out, it gives me an indication she deserves the chance."

Nicksappealinglady hasn't done badly on dirt. She is unbeaten in three races this year, all wet-track efforts, at the Fair Grounds, Laurel, and Monmouth.

Sacco started considering the turf switch after reviewing the Monmouth stakes schedule. The Little Silver is the prep for the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes on the turf June 28. The track's graded stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the dirt is far distant: the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 9.

Nicksappealinglady will have plenty of company in the Little Silver, including Dagger, fifth last time out in the Grade 3 Nassau County Stakes on dirt at Belmont Park on May 3.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott sends out Namaste's Wish, a rallying second in her latest, the Gaviola Stakes at Belmont.

Forest Trail was cross-entered in this race and the Grade 3 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park.

Go Go Shoot heads Rumson

The $70,000 Rumson on Saturday at Monmouth is also a springboard to a graded race: the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters July 4.

The six-furlong distances for both races are an ideal fit for Go Go Shoot. The gray gelding is 4 for 5 at the distance, including wins in the Jimmy Winkfield and Fred Capossela at Aqueduct and the Francis "Jock" LaBelle Memorial at Delaware Park.

His only loss in four tries this year came on a stretch out to seven furlongs for the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct on April 5.

While he has spent a lot of time training here for Jim Ryerson over the last two years, Go Go Shoot has never run at Monmouth.

The New York-based Paraneck Stable entered a coupled entry: Magical Forest and True Quality.

Magical Forest won the Spicy Award Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track in March but has not been close in his last two. True Quality figures to be a strong early-pace factor. He most recently ran third in Belmont's Adjudicating Stakes.