02/14/2002 12:00AM

Please Sign In drops to end 'heartbreakers'


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Please Sign In's record tells her story. Last year, she did not win a race, but finished second seven times in 10 starts.

"It can be a heartbreaker," said trainer Eugene Brajczewski about watching Please Sign In repeatedly give her all on the lead only to be overtaken late. "She runs her eyeballs out."

Brajczewski hopes the mare's fortunes will change Saturday when she drops in class from Grade 3 company and switches back to dirt for the $50,000 Pippin at Oaklawn Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race is a first look at the local filly and mare division, and could produce starters for the $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 16. That race serves as a stepping-stone to the local Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom on April 6.

Overall, Please Sign In has won 7 of 32 starts and placed second in 11 other races. Her career earnings of $319,446 is tops in the Pippin.

Brajczewski hopes that will give Please Sign In an edge.

"I think this is an easier spot for her," he said. "She's been running against some salty fillies."

Please Sign In has faced Grade 3 turf rivals in Florida in her last two starts. She finished second, beaten a half-length by Batique - who came back to win the Grade 3 Honey Fox Handicap - in the My Charmer Handicap on Dec. 8, then finished ninth on Jan. 25 in the De La Rose Handicap, a race in which her rider lost his whip on the final turn.

Despite her recent turf form, Please Sign In is also multiple stakes-placed on dirt.

"She's just as good on dirt as on grass," said Brajczewski, who has given the mount to Ray Sibille.

The biggest pace threat to Please Sign In will be Victory at Sea, who has won her last two races wire-to-wire for trainer Elliott Walden.

Momentous improving

Another runner who will be close to the pace is the developing Momentous, who appears to be improving with each start. In her last two races, she has done well in stakes company, finishing third in the $50,000 My Charmer at Turfway Park on Dec. 8, and third in the $75,000 Truly Bound Handicap at Fair Grounds on Dec. 30.

"She's a filly that's gotten good, and there's no doubt in my mind it won't be long before she wins a stakes for us," said trainer Henry Cochran, who trains Momentous, a 4-year-old daughter of Summer Squall, for Gainsborough Farm. She will be ridden by Chris Emigh.

Campisano fillies on a roll

Trainer Ronnie Campisano has been a bit of a giant killer of late. In the eighth race Wednesday, he sent out Catchaser ($31) to upset 1-5 favorite Dove Creek. It was the second feature race for fillies and mares Campisano has won with a spoiler in the last two weeks.

He also sent out Princess Jen ($13.80) to win a local allowance prep for the Pippin, defeating 4-5 favorite Ornate. Both horses race for Young Stables.

Campisano will try to work his magic again Saturday when Princess Jen returns in the Pippin.

"For a few years, my best horses were colts and geldings," he said. "Now all of the sudden, my best horses are fillies and mares."