04/08/2003 11:00PM

Ocean Terrace to get new rider


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ocean Terrace, who finished last in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby after winning the first three starts of his career, will get another chance to prove his Kentucky Derby mettle by running in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland April 19, trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Wednesday.

Ocean Terrace, however, will have a new jockey for the Lexington. David Shimmon, the co-owner of Ocean Terrace with Bill Bianco, was upset with Kent Desormeaux's ride, as was trainer Bob Hess Jr., so Desormeaux will be replaced.

As of Wednesday, they had yet to decide who would ride Ocean Terrace in the Lexington, but the enmity between the parties was substantial. On Sunday, the day after the Santa Anita Derby,

Hess phoned Tom Knust, Desormeaux's agent, and pulled Desormeaux from the mount on Spring Meadow in Wednesday's Madison Stakes at Keeneland. Instead, Shane Sellers rode Spring Meadow.

Hess said Ocean Terrace "didn't get a chance" in the Santa Anita Derby.

"We didn't want him to be on the lead or inside other horses," Hess said. "He can't go a mile and an eighth, in Grade 1 company, that way. If you place him in the clear, like he was in the El Camino Real Derby, he'll give you an A-plus effort every time out.

"Had he gotten the trip we wanted, and finished third, fourth, or fifth, we could have lived with it a lot better. Obviously the horse didn't perform like he can, and we believe it's because of the ride."

Ocean Terrace, who broke from the rail in the Santa Anita Derby, was part of a hot early pace with Indian Express. Ocean Terrace stopped badly with a half-mile to go, and Desormeaux eased him across the wire in the final furlong. Indian Express continued on and lost narrowly to Buddy Gil.

"It wasn't the horse's fault. We want to give him another chance," Hess said. "He came out of the race well. We've gone over him head to toe. We know he wasn't injured. We checked him thoroughly. The only thing he had was a slight amount of blood in his trachea."

Hess said Ocean Terrace would have a workout at Santa Anita on Monday, then fly to Kentucky on Tuesday. Also scheduled to be aboard that flight is Buddy Gil, the Santa Anita Derby winner, who is headed straight to Churchill Downs to prepare for the Kentucky Derby.

The Lexington is also expected to include Midas Eyes, Ministers Wild Cat, Most Feared, and Trust N Luck. Scrimshaw also could run in the Lexington, or wait for the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 26, according to his trainer, D. Wayne Lukas.

All smiles after Korsakoff debut

Michael Tabor and his posse could barely contain their grins following the second race Wednesday. Tabor and his main equine consultant, Demi O'Byrne, were among a dozen or so people enjoying themselves in the aftermath of a highly impressive victory by Korsakoff, quite possibly Tabor's next star.

Korsakoff, the even-money favorite under Jerry Bailey, cruised to the front and won his career debut by 3 3/4 lengths over six other 2-year-olds on a sloppy track. The performance prompted the colt's usually understated trainer, Todd Pletcher, to start talking in grand terms about future races for the colt.

"Bobby Scanlan had this colt in Ocala and said he was a superstar," said Pletcher. "Those expectations certainly were fulfilled today.

"What's interesting is Jerry said the colt didn't seem to handle the surface particularly well."

Pletcher said Korsakoff would be pointed to the Three Chimney Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, "but I think the main goals for this colt are going to be the Hopeful and some of the big races at Saratoga."

Tabor bred Korsakoff under the name of Chelston Ireland Ltd. Tabor owned and raced both the colt's sire, Stravinsky, and dam, Love Lock.

You now pointed for Doubledogdare

You, the morning-line favorite for the Madison Stakes, was scratched early Wednesday by trainer Bobby Frankel after the Keeneland track came up sloppy.

Frankel told Keeneland racing officials the racetrack condition was his reason for scratching but that he intends to run You in the $100,000 Doubledogdare, a 1 1/16-mile race here next Wednesday.

September Secret and Slews Final Answer also were scratched from the Madison, leaving a field of four.

September Secret was scratched because "she has a foot bugging her a little bit," according to her trainer, Mike Machowsky, adding he did not want to run her on an off track. September Secret was entered back in the seventh race Friday.

Machowsky has brought seven horses in for the meet from Southern California, where he is based.

"This is such a big, prestigious meet," he said. "I've always wanted to run something here. It's a beautiful place."

Big weekend all around

While Saturday is the biggest day of the meet here, Sunday isn't so bad, either. In fact, it's the only program of the meet when two graded stakes will be run on the flat.

First up will be the $100,000 Jenny Wiley, a Grade 3 race for fillies and mares on the turf. Quick Tip and Party Queen figure as the favorites.

Then comes the $250,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup, a Grade 2 race for older horses at seven furlongs. Crafty C.T., with Jerry Bailey to ride, is the probable favorite in a field also expected to include Binthebest, Dash for Daylight, Multiple Choice, Najran, Speed Hunter, and maybe a few more.

The only other card with two graded stakes comes closing day, April 25, when the Grade 3 Ben Ali and the Royal Chase for the Sport of Kings, a Grade 1 steeplechase, are scheduled.

Morse always has turf threat

If there's a grass stakes for sprinters coming up, then Randy Morse must be somewhere around.

Indeed, with the $100,000 Shakertown spotted as the secondary feature here Saturday, Morse is ready to roll with two of his grass-sprint specialists - Testify and Mighty Beau, both of whom figure as solid contenders in the 5 1/2-furlong race. A large field is expected.

Morse has won three grass sprint stakes at Keeneland, all with Morluc: the 2000 and 2001 Nureyev, and the 2002 Shakertown.

Morse also has won the last two runnings of the Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill with Morluc (2001) and Testify (2002).

Stakes talent in ninth race

Racing secretary Ben Huffman carded a $65,000 allowance race for Friday - and a stakes race broke out.

The ninth and final race of the Friday card, which is restricted to older horses who have never won a turf race "other than," brought out several stakes-caliber dirt runners. Among them: Bowman's Band, a multiple stakes winner for trainer Mike Matz, and Perfect Drift, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby last year.

The field also includes such quality horses as First Lieutenant, Mail Call, and X Country.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee