09/22/2005 11:00PM

Perfect meet on the line

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Career Oriented, winning the Miss Woodford, will go in the Mongo Queen.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Career Oriented tries to complete a perfect season at Monmouth Park on Sunday in the $60,000 Mongo Queen Stakes, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that goes as the co-feature on closing day of the meet.

The New Jersey Thoroughbred circuit shifts to The Meadowlands Racetrack on Sept. 30.

Career Oriented gets one more crack at her favorite track, where she is unbeaten in four races this meet, including the Miss Woodford Stakes on Aug. 20. Given her success over the track, she should be a solid favorite in the Mongo Queen. Career Oriented will be reunited with jockey Joe Bravo, who won six races last Sunday in his comeback from a broken collarbone.

While she has feasted on Monmouth competition, Career Oriented will find her next assignment far more challenging. Trainer Joe Orseno is using the Mongo Queen as a prep for the Grade 2, $300,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes on Oct. 22 at Keeneland.

"Right after the Miss Woodford, we said the timing would be right to run her here as a prep," Orseno said. "She's done everything right. I backed up on her a little bit going into this one. She's trained a little lighter. She's had a good campaign, and with all the heat, I had to give her a break somewhere along the line."

The Raven Run will be Career Oriented's final start of the season.

"We'll freshen her up and get her ready for a Florida campaign," Orseno said. "She has a good chance to be an even nicer older filly. That's why I campaigned her so lightly."

Flying Falcon makes her debut here for trainer Mary Wisniewski-Johnson. The filly arrived Thursday morning.

"She's doing great," Wisniewski-Johnson said. "She hasn't made a wrong move since she got here."

Flying Falcon figures to set the pace, based on her Kentucky form. She posted two straight front-running victories at Ellis Park before shifting to Turfway Park for the Weekend Delight Stakes on Sept. 10. She vied for the lead over the new Polytrack surface before fading in the stretch.

More Moonlight, Missile Bay, Partners Due, and Water Walker complete the field.

Who's the Cowboy in open company

A purse of $100,000 was on the line last weekend in the Friendly Lover Handicap for New Jersey-breds, but owner Gerry Sleeter opted to give Who's the Cowboy another shot against 3-year-olds, even if it meant facing open company. That explains Who's the Cowboy's presence in the $60,000 City Zip Stakes at six furlongs.

After passing on the Friendly Lover, a statebred stakes, Sleeter was rooting hard for the City Zip to fill. He got his wish, as the stakes attracted six runners.

"I hate to ship out of town," said Sleeter, who had the $100,000 Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 1 lined up as a fallback position. "We shipped a lot when we were first getting started and couldn't get stalls. Now, we like to stay home."

So does Who's the Cowboy, who won three straight here over the summer before running in the Bill Wheeler Handicap, where he ran third but was disqualified to fourth for stretch interference.

Completing the City Zip field are Caribbean Cruiser, Concorde's Edge, Euro Code, Istan, and Man of Danger.

Joey P. might try Trippi next

Joey P. could be headed to Belmont Park for his next race.

Trainer Frank Costa said he is looking at the $65,000 Trippi Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs on Oct. 2 as the follow-up to Joey P.'s 1 1/4-length win in the Friendly Lover.

The race was a strong rebound performance following a tiring seventh in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Joey P. snapped back to beat older rivals and post a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 109.

"He came out of the race in good shape," Costa said. "He's eating good, which is always a good sign. So far, everything is good."

Joey P. has already proven he can handle open stakes company with his win in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes. He has not run anywhere but Monmouth in eight career starts.

* Mark Johnson, one of the leading track announcers in England, visited Monmouth on Friday and called the fifth race.