07/19/2006 12:00AM

Pletcher a $100M kid

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Adieu, winning the Delaware Oaks, will make her next start in the Monmouth BC Oaks or the Alabama.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Even before last weekend, when he won four stakes and more than $1 million in purses, Todd Pletcher had become the eighth trainer in Thoroughbred history to surpass the $100 million mark in earnings. And he's only 39 years old.

Including a victory by Mercurius at Delaware Park on Wednesday, Pletcher's stable has earned $102,532,952 since it opened in late 1995. That number also includes $850,000 in purse money won in Dubai in March. This year, Pletcher's runners have earned $14,750,957 as he readies to break his 2005 record of $20,867,842.

While Pletcher figured to have a big void in his older filly and mare division after Ashado retired, Fleet Indian has done her share to fill it. A New York-bred daughter of Indian Charlie, Fleet Indian ran her winning streak to six with a 5 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $1 million Delaware Handicap. The last four of those wins have come for Pletcher.

Pletcher will point Fleet Indian to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 25. Pletcher only took over the training of Fleet Indian following her purchase by Paul Saylor, one of the owners of Ashado, at auction in January.

"We were familiar with the filly, obviously knew she was a nice filly," Pletcher said Wednesday outside his Belmont Park barn. "We didn't necessarily expect her to do as well as she's done. We thought we were getting at least a nice stakes-caliber filly. She's been a pleasant surprise."

Fleet Indian is part of an older filly and mare band that includes Oonagh Maccool, Pool Land, and Spun Sugar, all of whom are being pointed to the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga on July 30.

Fleet Indian's victory capped a super weekend at Delaware for Pletcher, who on Saturday won the Delaware Oaks with Adieu and the Robert G. Dick Memorial with Honey Ryder.

Adieu will run next in either the $200,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks on Aug. 13 or the $600,000 Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 19. The Delaware victory was Adieu's first around two turns.

"It was a little bit of a testing ground to see which way we wanted to go," Pletcher said. "The way that she ran and the way she finished up, I'd obviously be inclined to keep her stretched out around two turns right now."

Whether Pletcher wants to run Adieu at 1 1/4 miles in the Alabama may depend on how well the Pletcher-trained Unbridled Belle fares in Saturday's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, also run at 1 1/4 miles.

Though her margin of victory was only a head, Honey Ryder's victory in the Robert G. Dick Memorial was a giant performance. The fractions of that race were ridiculously slow, yet she was able to wear down a good filly in Olaya.

"She ran a huge race to win the other day," Pletcher said. "She was spotting every horse in the race six pounds. She was well back off of dawdling fractions, and she overcame quite a bit of adversity to win, I thought. That was a pretty good filly she ran down, too. I thought it was a much bigger race than it looks like on paper."

Pletcher said Honey Ryder could run next against males in the Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga on Aug. 12 or stay with fillies and mares in the Beverly D. at Arlington the same day. Pletcher said he prefers the 1 1/2 miles of the Sword Dancer to the 1 3/16 miles of the Beverly D.

"If the Beverly D. was a mile and three-eighths or a mile and a half, it would be an easier decision," Pletcher said. "I think she's at her best a little further than a mile and three-sixteenths. We'll kind of wait and see where everybody is going to go and what the pace scenario in the Beverly D. looks like."

Pletcher said he is also considering Go Deputy, winner of Saturday's Bowling Green Handicap, for the Sword Dancer.

Jerkens may run two in CCA Oaks

Coming off a six-length victory in the Bonnie Miss, Teammate looked as if she could be a major force in the 3-year-old filly division for Allen Jerkens. But a bruised foot forced her to miss some time, and she has come back with two disappointing efforts in the Acorn and Mother Goose.

Saturday, she will try to rebound when she runs in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks. Jerkens may also run Miss Shop, who in her last three starts has won minor stakes on dirt and turf.

Jerkens said he has changed up the training of Teammate a little bit, working her differently and jogging her more.

"She just has to get good again," Jerkens said. "She was extra good that day in Florida."

Jerkens said he is running Miss Shop because he thinks she may appreciate the 1 1/4 miles of the Coaching Club and because "some of the other ones might not get the distance."

Tamberino a play on either surface Friday's nominal feature is a second-level allowance race for New York-breds scheduled for six furlongs on the inner turf course. Rain is in the forecast, however.

Tamberino looks like the one to beat on either surface. Though she has never run on turf, she is bred for it being by Freud out of the Crusader Sword mare Emotional Energy. On dirt, she has a win and a second in her last two starts and the competition is lacking.