06/11/2002 11:00PM

Peanut Gallery top earner in wide-open race


ELMONT, N.Y. - A wide-open allowance race for female turf runners is the Friday feature at Belmont Park on the sunset racing card.

Six fillies and mares entered the 1 1/4-mile turf race, which has a $56,000 purse.

There isn't a clear-cut favorite in this conditioned four-other-than allowance.

Peanut Gallery leads the field in earnings with $179,368 and is coming off a decent fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay against a substantially tougher field than she meets Friday.

But there are negatives that go against Peanut Gallery. A 5-year-old, she is without a win in six grass starts at Belmont, and has a penchant for picking up minor awards as evidenced by her record of 4-5-7 from 28 starts.

Edgar Prado rides Peanut Gallery, who drew post 6.

Sunstone and Duchcov exit the same first-level allowance race on May 27. Duchcov, the only member of the field to have won at 1 1/4 miles, which she has done twice, set a comfortable pace and held off a closer in the final yards for a head win.

Duchcov, who will be ridden by Jose Santos, could get some pace pressure from Secret River. Duchcov drew post 3.

Sunstone ran a good race after a tough trip and finished third, beaten less than two lengths by Duchcov. Shaun Bridgmohan returns to ride Sunstone, who drew post 2.

Jerry Bailey, aboard Duchcov for her win on May 27, teams up with trainer Bill Mott to ride New Real Deal.

New Real Deal is a stakes winner on the dirt in Argentina, but has never raced on the turf and therefore is a question mark.

In her one American start, New Real Deal was a well-beaten sixth in the Banshee Breeze at Gulfstream Park in April.

Secret River, a Laurel Park shipper, is ultra-consistent and rarely throws in a clunker. Secret River has never run this far or at Belmont, but has strong turf connections on her side in jockey Jean-Luc Samyn and trainer Lawrence Murray.

Lady on the Go, a longshot, completes the field.

- Earlier on the card, Crimson Hero, seventh in the Preakness, faces allowance runners in the fourth race. Crimson Hero, who was scratched out of a tougher allowance spot last Friday, meets four rivals in the first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles. In April, Crimson Hero ran second in the Lexington to Proud Citizen, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby.

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