06/21/2004 11:00PM

Prado gets the Society call


ELMONT, N.Y. - Society Selection, who will run in Saturday's Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, got acquainted with her new rider, Edgar Prado, during a workout on Tuesday.

Prado, who will replace Jorge Chavez aboard Society Selection in the Mother Goose, worked the filly seven furlongs in 1:27.63, breezing, over Belmont's main track.

Allen Jerkens, who trains Society Selection for Irving and Marjorie Cowan, was pleased with the move.

"She finished up pretty good," Jerkens said. "Coming off the track, [Prado] said it went okay."

At the request of the Cowans, Prado will ride Society Selection in the $300,000 Mother Goose, the first leg of New York's triple crown for 3-year-old fillies. Chavez was aboard Society Selection when she won the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct in April and in her last start when she finished second as the favorite to Island Sand in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on June 4.

Prado, who won the Belmont Stakes earlier this month aboard Birdstone, will be the fourth jockey to ride Society Selection. Ray Ganpath, who gallops the filly in the mornings, was aboard Society Selection for her first three starts, which included a win in the Grade 1 Frizette in October. Jerry Bailey rode her twice in stakes at Gulfstream during the winter, finishing third in the Davona Dale and second in the Bonnie Miss.

Regarding the latest rider switch, Jerkens said, "It's their prerogative. They are the ones paying the bills."

Among those expected to face Society Selection in the 1 1/8-mile Mother Goose are Ashado, Island Sand, Daydreaming, and Stellar Jayne. Miss Coronado is a possible starter.

Zito mulls options for Birdstone

Trainer Nick Zito knows he wants to run Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone in the Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 28. What he doesn't yet know is the best way to get Birdstone to the Midsummer Derby.

The logical prep races for the Travers are the $500,000 Jim Dandy on Aug. 8 at Saratoga or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park the same day. But that would leave only 20 days between races, and Zito doesn't believe that's enough time for Birdstone to recover and run his best in the Travers.

"With him, you know he needs time between races," said Zito, noting that Birdstone's two biggest wins, last year's Champagne and the Belmont, both came off five-week layoffs.

From a timing standpoint, the Dwyer Stakes on July 11 would be a good spot for Birdstone. It would be five weeks from the Belmont and six to the Travers. It would mean, however, a cutback to 1 1/16, miles and Zito is already pointing the Blue Grass winner, The Cliff's Edge, and the Derby Trial winner, Sir Shackleton to that race.

As a means to an end, the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth on July 17 or the Grade 3, $250,000 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park on July 18 would be suitable, though Zito didn't sound keen on either one for Birdstone. Zito is likely to run Pies Prospect in the Leonard Richards after that horse won Tuesday's Floor Show Stakes at Delaware.

Zito also mentioned the possibility of simply training Birdstone up to the Travers.

Zito said The Cliff's Edge has had three breezes since recovering from a foot bruise that knocked him out of the Preakness and Belmont and is doing well.

Royal Assault, the third-place finisher in the Belmont Stakes, worked five furlongs in 1:02.64 on Monday morning and could run next in either the Haskell or Jim Dandy.

Seattle Fitz to point for Whitney

Seattle Fitz, the impressive winner of the Brooklyn Handicap, will skip the Grade 1, $500,000 Suburban Handicap on July 3 and train up to the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 7.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the two key factors were timing and the 10 furlongs of the Suburban compared with the nine furlongs of the Whitney. The Suburban is only 21 days from the Brooklyn, while the Whitney would give Seattle Fitz eight weeks between starts.

"We ran him back in 17 days once and he did not run well," McLaughlin said. "We ran him back in 22 days in the New Orleans Handicap and he ran a subpar race. A mile and a quarter is probably not his best distance."

McLaughlin believes 1 1/4 miles might favor horses such as Dynever and Newfoundland. Peace Rules, like Seattle Fitz a speed horse, is also under consideration for the Suburban.

Limited Entry breezes for Astoria

On Tuesday, Limited Entry, who finished second in the Fashion Stakes on June 3, put in her final work for Sunday's $100,000 Astoria Stakes.

Limited Entry covered three furlongs in 36.84 seconds, breezing, over the main track.

After winning her career debut impressively at Keeneland in April, Limited Entry ran back in the Fashion and was beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Chocolate Brown. It was a huge effort from Limited Entry, who trailed the field by seven lengths down the backstretch after lunging at the start of the five-furlong race.

"She got irritated behind the gate and got worse once she was in," said Rusty Arnold, Limited Entry's trainer.

Arnold has done quite a bit of gate schooling with the 2-year-old filly since the Fashion. Arnold said with the help of Bob Duncan, who works part-time as the starter at New York tracks, Limited Entry has been doing well in her schooling sessions.

Terranova has big hand in Mike Lee

For the last several years, trainer John Terranova and his wife, Tonja, have helped Bob Baffert out when he has shipped horses east for races. In Saturday's $100,000 Mike Lee Handicap for New York breds, the Terranovas will play the role of both friend and foe to Baffert.

Baffert sent Multiplication to New York for the Mike Lee, a seven-furlong race in which the Terranovas will send out their own Speedjama. As far as John Terranova is concerned, there is no conflict of interest.

"Not at all. We don't even think of it like that," he said. "We're trying to get each horse ready for us and for him - totally professional."

Multiplication won a seven-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park by three lengths on May 22. That came three weeks after he finished first, but was disqualified to second in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden event.

Multiplication has put in two solid five-furlong workouts at Belmont, including a bullet move in 1:00.18 Tuesday morning.

Speedjama won his maiden first-time out against New York breds last November. After getting beaten twice in two-turn, open-company allowance races at Gulfstream, he returned to statebred competition at Aqueduct but finished third at 3-5. Terranova said Speedjama came out of that race with a pulled muscle behind.

"That's the reason for the layoff," Terranova said. "He's all over that and doing fantastic."

Others pointing to the Mike Lee are Coined for Success, Costly Castle, Friendly island, Gates Avenue, Pay Attention, Swinging Ghost, West Virginia and Yankee Mon.

Marks of the sire

Winning Expression, who will run in Saturday's $100,000 Tremont, is one of several sons and daughters in trainer Phil Serpe's barn by freshman sire Western Expression.

Winning Expression, a 2-year-old New York-bred, finished a well-beaten second in the Grade 3 Flash on June 4 after a troubled trip. He was beaten seven lengths by Primal Storm, who will run back in the Tremont.

Serpe, who trains Winning Expression for the colt's breeder, Carl Lizza, said he has five other 2-year-olds in his barn by Western Expression, who stands at Lizza's Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

Western Expression, said Serpe, "definitely stamps his horses. I've trained other horses out of some of these mares, and there is a marked difference in the conformation of the Western Expressions."

Western Expression, a son of Gone West, is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner King Cugat, and is from the same family that produced Grade 1 winner Seeking the Gold.

- additional reporting by David Grening