11/20/2002 12:00AM

Quiet Ruler won't mind rainy Red Smith

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Following wins in his last two starts, including an upset in the Mohawk Handicap, New York-bred Quiet Ruler steps into graded stakes company in Saturday's $150,000 Red Smith Handicap at 1 3/8 miles at Aqueduct.

Quiet Ruler stunned the New York Showcase Day crowd with his 1 3/4-length win in the restricted Mohawk over a soft turf course at Belmont Park on Oct. 19. Trained by Russell Mueller, Quiet Ruler (45-1) was the second-longest price in the 11-horse Mohawk field.

Three weeks after winning the Mohawk, Quiet Ruler returned and won an allowance race at Aqueduct by setting a snail-like pace in a 1 3/8-mile turf race over a yielding course.

"The key with him is the cooler weather and the softer turf," Mueller said. "He'll run over broken glass, but he can't get going over firm ground. Until his last race, he had never been on the lead in his life. But he'll relax on a slow type of pace on a soft course."

Mueller said that Quiet Ruler, a gelding, prefers the tighter turns on Aqueduct's turf course, where he has won 3 of 5 starts.

If Quiet Ruler performs well in the Grade 2 Red Smith, Mueller said he would consider sending the horse to Sam Houston Race Park in Texas two weeks later for the invitational Great State Challenge, which features six stakes, including a turf race.

The probables for the Red Smith are Classic Par, Craigsteel, Dawn of the Condor, Eltawaasul, Esperence, Fisher Pond, Macaw, Man From Wicklow, Regal Dynasty, Spectacular Light, Tap the Admiral, and Whitmore's Conn.

Beautiful America stays local

Trainer Mike Hernandez had the Great State Challenge on his mind after Beautiful America won her third consecutive stakes in the $125,000 Fifth Avenue on Nov. 10, but has had a change of heart.

Hernandez said Beautiful America, the leading contender for New York-bred champion 2-year-old filly honors, will run instead in the $75,000-added East View at Aqueduct on Dec. 8.

"I don't want to take any chances with her," Hernandez said. "It's much easier to race here than ship, which with a young filly is sometimes more difficult than with a colt."

Migliore to visit Japan

Jockey Richard Migliore was 17 when he rode The Very One to a third-place finish in the inaugural Japan Cup in 1981. On Thursday, Migliore returns to Japan for the first time since that visit to ride Abreeze in Saturday's Grade 1 Japan Cup Dirt at Nakayama Race Course.

In his last race, Abreeze, who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, finished fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 28.

"He's been in Japan two weeks already and [McLaughlin] said he breezed really well," Migliore said. "I hope it rains because the track favors speed when it rains."

Migliore will return from Japan in time to ride Sunday at Aqueduct.

McPeek considers local stakes

Trainer Ken McPeek could have stakes starters for races run at Aqueduct the next two weekends.

McPeek plans on running Midnight Cry, who was third in the Grade 1 Spinaway, in Sunday's $100,000-added Valley Stream, a Grade 3 for 2-year-olds fillies. McPeek also has a pair of 2-year-olds - Collateral Damage and Powerful Touch - nominated to the $200,000 Remsen on Nov. 30.

McPeek said he is leaning toward running Collateral Damage at Churchill Downs in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club, also on

Nov. 30. McPeek is also pointing Ten Cents a Shine and White Cat to the KJC.

Powerful Touch, who won a seven-furlong maiden race at Aqueduct on Oct. 31, is a possibility to start in the 1 1/8-mile Remsen.

"He'll run all day," said McPeek, who trains Powerful Touch for Stronach Stable. "I don't think he wants to sprint at all. He won that race on raw talent."

McPeek, who has kept a division of horses in New York during the summer and fall, will have about a dozen horses here during the winter under the care of assistant trainer Jeremiah Englehart.

Outer Reef set for Remsen

Outer Reef, a Remsen nominee, worked a half-mile Wednesday over Belmont's training track in 48.12 seconds. Edgar Prado, who will ride Outer Reef in the Remsen, was aboard for the work.

In his last start, Outer Reef finished second to the undefeated Added Edge in the Grade 3 Nashua on Nov. 2.

"I thought it was a real impressive race after his debacle in the Champagne, which left me scratching my head," John Kimmel, Outer Reef's trainer, said. "He got nothing out of his performance in the Champagne, so the Nashua was a good tightener for him to get ready for the Remsen."

Kimmel also worked Silver Squire, who was scratched out of Sunday's Huntington Stakes because of a sloppy track. Silver Squire, who worked a half-mile in 48.72 seconds, is being pointed to the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on opening day, Jan. 3.

Roar Emotion aimed for Demoiselle

Roar Emotion, an impressive 2-year-old filly maiden winner in September, drilled six furlongs in 1:11.73 over Belmont's training track Wednesday morning. John Velazquez was up for the workout.

Roar Emotion, who was purchased privately by Joe Allen following her 10 1/2-length maiden win at Belmont, is being pointed to the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes on Nov. 30.

"Johnny worked her and said he was very happy," trainer Jose Martin said. "I didn't expect that fast a work from her."

Following her maiden win, Roar Emotion was beaten 3 1/2 lengths as the 1-5 favorite in an entry-level allowance race at Belmont on Oct. 18.

Martin believes Roar Emotion displaced her palate that day, and has had her train in a figure-eight bridle and tongue tie ever since.

Expected to run in the Demoiselle are Feisty Step, Fircroft, Maria's Mojo, Savedbythelight, and possibly Summer Scene.

- additional reporting by David Grening