11/02/2005 1:00AM

Olaya makes first U.S. start in Long Island


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - European-based 3-year-old fillies have enjoyed great success recently when shipping to New York for the Long Island Handicap. Trainer Graham Motion hopes that trend continues for at least one more year.

On Saturday, Motion will saddle Olaya in the Grade 2, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, run at 1 1/2 miles over Aqueduct's turf course. Should she win, Olaya would join the likes of Moonlady (2000), Uriah (2001), and Eleusis (2004) as European-based 3-year-old fillies who have won this race in their North American debuts. Moonlady, Uriah, and Eleusis were all owned by Gary Tanaka. Prince Faisal Salman owns Olaya.

Jean-Claude Rouget, who was the trainer of Eleusis, trained Olaya in Europe. Motion took over the training of Olaya after she finished fifth in a Group 3 race at Deauville in August. Before that race, Olaya defeated males in a listed stakes at Toulouse in France.

Motion had Olaya entered in a race against males last weekend that came off the turf.

"She's very typical of the European distance fillies," Motion said. "She seems to have a pretty good turn of foot."

Motion said Edgar Prado would ride Olaya in the Long Island. The Long Island field is expected to include A Lulu ofa Menifee, Joyful Chaos, Kate Winslet, Latice, Little Buttercup, Louve Royale, and Spotlight.

Better Talk Now will run in Japan Cup

Motion said Better Talk Now and Film Maker, two of his runners from last weekend's Breeders' Cup, will race again this year.

Better Talk Now, who finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf this year and won last year, will run in the Japan Cup on Nov. 27. Film Maker, who finished third in the Filly and Mare Turf, would be pointed to the La Prevoyante at Calder on Dec. 17.

Motion said that Ramon Dominguez had Better Talk Now closer to the pace than he had hoped in the early stages Saturday.

"Ramon was concerned that with the softness of the turf course, about how much ground he'd be able to make up in the stretch," Motion said.

Last year, Film Maker finished second behind Ouija Board in the Filly and Mare Turf. This year, with Patrick Valenzuela up, she finished a neck behind second-place Ouija Board, and both were behind Intercontinental.

"I thought Film Maker ran her race," Motion said. "She couldn't get to Ouija Board last year; she was a little closer this year. I think Patrick was a little disappointed he couldn't get by her. She clipped heels 100 yards from the gate when [Sundrop] cut in front of her. It cost her some ground and maybe cost her second."

Personal Legend back in Turnback the Alarm

Personal Legend, winner of last year's Turnback the Alarm Handicap, will seek to end a seven-race losing streak when she tries to defend her title in that Grade 3 race on Saturday. Personal Legend will be the 121-pound highweight in what is likely to be a compact field.

Personal Legend has not won since taking the Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder on New Year's Day, but has dropped seven consecutive graded stakes. She did run second in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap two starts back at Saratoga.

Among her chief rivals will be the 3-year-old Indian Vale, who suffered her first defeat when fifth in the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 1. Before that, Indian Vale won her first three starts by a combined 25 lengths.

Others pointing to the Turnback the Alarm are Shebelongstoyou, Silent Siren, and Taittinger Rose. Freeroll and Wait It Out are possible.

Flower Alley unlikely for Dubai

Flower Alley, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, arrived Wednesday morning at owner Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla., where he will be freshened up for a 4-year-old campaign.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Flower Alley would likely rejoin his stable at Palm Meadows in south Florida in 45 to 60 days and could make his return sometime late in the Gulfstream Park meeting. Pletcher said that Flower Alley would most likely not be pointed to the $6 million Dubai World Cup in late March.

"Speaking to Mr. Melnyk a couple of days ago, it sounds like we probably will focus more on the Breeders' Cup Classic next year," Pletcher said. "I'm not saying he absolutely won't go to Dubai, but I would say it's unlikely at this point."

Flower Alley, who won the Jim Dandy and Travers during the Saratoga meet, had run poorly in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, where he raced too close to the pace. He settled much better in the Classic, where he was beaten one length by Saint Liam.

* Play Ballado ($3.40) took command under Edgar Prado approaching the half-mile pole and galloped to a 7 1/2-length victory in Wednesday's $66,650 Miss Oceana Stakes before an opening-day crowd of 2,746 at Aqueduct. Classy Charm rallied for second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Quail Run.

Play Ballado, a 3-year-old trained by John Ward, ran the mile in 1:36.92. It was one of three winners on the card for Prado.