11/29/2003 1:00AM

Read the Footnotes, loud and clear

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Jerry Bailey scored his 69th stakes win of the year aboard Read the Footnotes in Saturday's Remsen Stakes, breaking Mike Smith's record of 68 stakes wins set in 1994. Bailey went on to win his 70th stakes of 2003 in the Cigar Mile aboard Conagree.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Last year in the fall, a New York-bred 2-year-old named Funny Cide was turning some heads. This year, another New York-bred juvenile, Read the Footnotes, is making noise.

Read the Footnotes won his second consecutive graded stakes Saturday in the $200,000 at Aqueduct. Ridden by Jerry Bailey, Read the Footnotes won the Remsen by 3 3/4 lengths over European invader Master David. West Virginia finished third, 10 3/4 lengths behind Master David, in the 11-horse field.

The Grade 2 Remsen was Bailey's second of three stakes win on the day and his 69th of the year, breaking Mike Smith's record of 68 stakes wins set in 1994. Bailey later won the Cigar Mile aboard Congaree and ended the day with 70 stakes wins.

Read the Footnotes, the 2-1 favorite, stalked the pace set by West Virginia in the 1 1/8-mile Remsen. West Virginia showed the way through fractions of 24.36 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.24 for the half-mile. After six furlongs completed in 1:12.29, Read the Footnotes had a head lead and he continued to draw away in the stretch. Read the Footnotes ($6) covered the distance in 1:50.62 over a fast track.

"Every time you think he's got some limitations, he jumps up and runs a big race," said Bailey, who won the Remsen for the third time.

Read the Footnotes, a son of Smoke Glacken, is owned by Klaravich Stables and trained by Richard Violette Jr. Violette said Read the Footnotes would leave Monday for Florida, where he will receive a brief freshening at Palm Meadows training center.

"Winning this race is a big advantage for next year because he has already won at a mile and an eighth and has two-turn experience," Violette said. "We won't be experimenting going into next year. We could point to where we want to point him and not have to worry about finding out things. Some nice horses have won the Remsen and Kentucky Derby, but 2-year-olds have to graduate and be nice 3-year-olds."

Read the Footnotes, bought for $320,000 in May at Fasig-Tipton's Maryland sale, became a stakes winner in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct on Nov. 2.