08/30/2006 12:00AM

Pletcher targets two 2-year-old stakes


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Todd Pletcher has been a dominant force in stakes races at Monmouth Park this season.

The Eclipse Award-winning trainer has 10 stakes victories through Aug. 27, including both of the meet's Grade 1 races: the Haskell Invitational with Bluegrass Cat and the United Nations Stakes with English Channel.

This is Pletcher's finest stakes season at Monmouth. He won two stakes here in 2003 and captured seven both in 2004 and 2005.

Pletcher has a lot of resources to draw upon. In addition to his division at Monmouth, Pletcher also has horses at Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Delaware Park.

"He has a lot of horses to pick from, but he is putting the right horses in the right stakes," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "He has horses everywhere and he knows how to separate them. He does it well."

Pletcher has a pair of solid contenders for the meet's top juvenile stakes over the holiday weekend: Bovell Road in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes for fillies on Sunday and Bella Shambrock in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling Stakes on Monday.

Both races will be run at six furlongs.

Bovell Road is unbeaten in two career starts, including Monmouth's Sorority prep, the Colleen Stakes.

Bovell Road had her final breeze here Tuesday, working five furlongs around the dogs in the mud in 1:03.

"For her, it was pretty good," Sciametta said. "She usually doesn't work fast."

Bella Shambrock puts a three-race win streak on the line in the Sapling. He is unbeaten in two Monmouth starts, winning his maiden here in early June before returning in late July to win the Tyro, Monmouth's traditional Sapling prep. In between those starts he won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows.

Miesque's Approval vs. Hotstufanthensome

The Labor Day weekend kicks off Saturday with the Grade 3, $150,000 Red Bank Stakes on the turf with Miesque's Approval and Hotstufanthensome among the top contenders.

Miesque's Approval arrived at Monmouth on Wednesday from Marty Wolfson's Calder barn. The 7-year-old has won Grade 2 stakes in his last two outings: the Maker's Mark at Keeneland and the Firecracker Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.

Hotstufanthensome suffered narrow defeats in his last two, the Elkwood and the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes, both at Monmouth.

Other possible Red Bank runners, according to stakes coordinator Mike Melendez, include Bastille, Gigawatt, Senor Swinger, and Tune of the Spirit.

Haddie Be Good gets second turf try

Haddie Be Good makes her second grass start Friday in the featured $50,000 second-level allowance race for fillies and mares at one mile.

In her turf debut on July 30, the 3-year-old rallied from seventh to get third for trainer John Hennig.

"We think she's going to be a very nice turf filly," Hennig said. "We were very pleased with the way she ran last time."

The race attracted 10 but the field will likely be much smaller. Behrnik, Wundelia, and I Dare Billy were entered for the main track only.

Scholastic Giant wins off-the-turf Twin Lights

Scholastic Giant overcame a bobble at the break to win the off-the-turf $77,600 Twin Lights Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head over Miss Savannah Rose Wednesday at Monmouth.

Scholastic Giant ($3.20) captured a Monmouth allowance race on the turf last time out.

"She was improving on the turf and you hated to run back on the dirt," said Rob Rader, assistant trainer for Mark Hennig. "You had to take the shot to get her a stakes wins."

Jose Lezcano was aboard as Scholastic Giant improved her career mark to three wins in eight starts.

Her time for 1 1/8 miles in the slop was 1:51.62.