12/31/2005 12:00AM

'Oprah' back shortly after wire-job win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Nineteen days after wiring the field in the Randaroo Stakes, Oprah Winney meets basically the same group in Monday's $65,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Bettors are unlikely to get the same 4-1 odds they got on Oprah Winney in the Randaroo, which is one of several reasons to take a shot against her in the Ruthless.

In the Randaroo, Oprah Winney ran a career best effort off a seven-week layoff, making her somewhat vulnerable to a bounce while coming back in less than three weeks. That is a concern to her trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., who wasn't necessarily pointing her to this six-furlong race.

"I don't like running her back so quickly," said Dutrow, who was this circuit's leading trainer in 2005 with 113 victories. "It's really not the best way to manage your horses, but the race came up light, and she's going to have the same amount of rest as almost everyone else, so it's not really a big deal, I guess."

Oprah Winney picks up four pounds off her victory in the Randaroo and might face some early pace pressure from Spenny, who showed good speed winning her maiden in front-running fashion on Dec. 4.

Oprah Winney defeated three of her Ruthless opponents in last month's Randaroo. Silvestris, who was the slight 3-1 favorite in the Randaroo, rallied for second after getting away to a slow start. She appeared to hit the side of the gate.

On Monday, Silvestris will be in receipt of six pounds from Oprah Winney, is reunited with Eibar Coa, the jockey aboard for her lone win, and may get an off track, the type of surface she handled in her maiden win.

"The last time, Oprah Winney looked like she got off to an uncontested lead - maybe the track was a little speed-favoring that day," said Tom Albertrani, the trainer of Silvestris. "Hopefully, we break [better]; maybe we can get a little closer to her this time. It could be a wet track, and I think our filly would like some moisture in the track."

Livermore Valley, the only other stakes winner in the field, is also a threat. She chased Oprah Winney and faded to third in the Randaroo, her first start in 129 days. She gets a rider switch to Ramon Dominguez and should work out a stalking trip from post 4.

Jet Set Broad broke slowly from the rail when fourth in the Randaroo. She may benefit from a switch to the outside post in this compact field.