07/05/2004 12:00AM

Orseno has good shot at two


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Joe Orseno has a filly in each of two main-track allowance races Wednesday at Monmouth Park, and both look well spotted.

Orseno saddles Earthquake Ride in the third and Meadow Fox in the seventh, with leading jockey Joe Bravo set to ride both.

Earthquake Ride returns to dirt for the mile and 70-yard contest following seven straight turf races. Orseno said he made the surface switch partly because he was concerned about Monmouth's rock-hard turf course.

The weather patterns have been unusual here this summer. While many of the surrounding towns have gotten rain on a regular basis, Monmouth has seemed shielded by a protective dome that warded off moisture. It finally poured Monday morning, giving the course a second soaking since opening weekend.

"I am not crazy about running too many more on this turf course," said Orseno. "It's too hard. Horses are coming back with sore feet from the turf, which I've never had in my life."

Earthquake Ride, a 3-year-old, landed in a six-horse field.

"She trains great on the dirt," said Orseno. "Her two dirt races were throw-outs. One she bucked her shins, the other she was a maiden in stakes race" - the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga - "in terrible slop. It was worth trying her back."

Earthquake Ride worked a bullet four-furlong drill in 47.40 seconds Saturday.

Her recent turf Beyer Figures, if they translate to the main track, make her a solid contender. She ran a 74, only 4 points off her career best, last time out while finishing fifth.

Completing the field are Dancinandsignin, Freeroll, Twist and Pop, Pleasant Pastures, and Lucky Wish.

Orseno entered Meadow Fox and Pitchacurve in the seventh race, at six furlongs, but will run only Meadow Fox.

Meadow Fox ran a career-best Beyer of 86 in her season debut here June 13. She set the pace and lost by only a neck. The 86 Beyer is easily the best lifetime figure in the field. Meadow Fox has run six times and is 1-4-1.

"Perhaps she needed that last race," said Orseno. "She's been training great since. She seems to be going forward. This should be a good spot for her."

D. Wayne Lukas will send down Special Tactics from Belmont Park. Special Tactics returns from a 2 1/2-month layoff and would probably appreciate a fast track after catching muddy strips at Aqueduct in her last two.