03/10/2004 1:00AM

Redskin Warrior strong in workout


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Redskin Warrior, a nominee to the Gotham Stakes, worked over Aqueduct's inner track on Wednesday. The work took place 55 minutes before the first race of the winter-spring meet was run on the main track.

Jennifer Pedersen, Redskin Warrior's trainer, said she worked the colt over the inner track because she believed the surface was drier than the main oval, which opened for training for the first time on Wednesday and was listed as muddy during training hours and for the first three races.

"He's been training over the inner, and if they had opened the main track on Monday, I would have worked him on it [today]," Pedersen said. "The main track doesn't handle the water like the other track does."

With jockey Richard Migliore in the saddle, Redskin Warrior covered seven furlongs in 1:28.30 after fractions of 26.30 seconds, 52.30, and 1:16.30. He galloped out a mile in 1:41.40.

"I wanted a good strong finish and for him to gallop out strong, and he did," Pedersen said after the work.

Migliore also said he was pleased with the move. "I liked it. I thought everything about it was good," he said.

When Redskin Warrior returned to the paddock to be unsaddled, he was bleeding from a cut located above his right front hoof. Migliore said the horse grabbed himself before the work when he lunged at the lead pony who accompanied him. Pedersen didn't think the cut was serious. "We'll fix that," she said.

Pedersen said her plans for Redskin Warrior, who won the Best Turn Stakes in his last start, was to run in the Grade 3, $200,000 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 20. He also is nominated to the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes and the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park, which are run the same day as the Gotham. Pedersen will run Song of the Sword, who also is ridden by Migliore, in the Lane's End. Pedersen said if Redskin Warrior starts in the Gotham, Migliore likely will remain in New York to ride the horse, and she would find a new rider for Song of the Sword.

Master David pointed for Wood

Trainer Bobby Frankel said Wednesday that he would skip the Gotham with Master David, who will miss Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park because of a fever he had last week. Frankel said Master David returned to the track earlier this week at Hollywood Park and would be pointed to the $750,000 Wood Memorial here on April 10.

"I didn't want to run him in the Gotham and then three weeks back [in the Wood Memorial] and then another three [to the Kentucky Derby]," Frankel said.

Among the early probables for the Gotham are Deputy Storm, Eddington, Pomeroy, Quick Action, Redskin Warrior, Saratoga County, and War's Prospect. The racing office has listed a few others as possible, including Capitano, Judiths Wild Rush, and Sinister G.

Beautiful America starting year

Multiple stakes winner Beautiful America will make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday's $75,000 Broadway Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares.

A New York-bred champion as a 2-year-old, Beautiful America hasn't run since finishing eighth in the Iroquois Handicap on Oct. 18 at Belmont Park. After winning 4 of 6 starts, including three stakes, as a 2-year-old, Beautiful America won only once in seven starts last year. Her lone win came in the Statue of Liberty Stakes at Belmont on June 8.

Mike Hernandez, Beautiful America's trainer, said his filly should be ready for a good effort in the Broadway.

"I think she is ready," said Hernandez when asked if Beautiful America will need a race to get into shape. "We laid up her for a while after her last race and then got her ready in Florida because that would be better than New York because of the weather."

Jose Santos, Beautiful America's regular rider, is riding at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, so Shaun Bridgmohan has picked up the mount.

The expected starters for the seven-furlong Broadway are Princess Dixie, the 120-pound highweight, Serenity's Smile, Self Rising, Marc's Rainbow, Reaching Up, Behrnik, Sensibly Chic, Bound on Bi, and Taghkanic.

Well Fancied heads Toboggan

General George winner Well Fancied is the likely favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap. The Grade 3 Toboggan, a seven-furlong race, is expected to attract its 2001 winner, Peeping Tom, Unforgettable Max, Kazoo, New York Hero, Don Six, and Roaring Fever. Well Fancied was assigned 118 pounds as the co-highweight with Gygistar, who ran last weekend at Gulfstream.

Three Toboggan nominees - Aggadan, Black Silk, and Secret Run - were entered in an allowance/optional claimer on Friday. The six-furlong race drew a solid field of seven.

Black Silk's trainer, Laurie Lafavers, said she will also enter the 8-year-old in the Toboggan.

Black Silk has won two of his last three starts, including a third-level allowance race on Feb. 14. On Wednesday, Lafavers was weighing the pros and cons of both races. The Toboggan is the tougher spot, but Lafavers said she prefers its seven-furlong distance.

"I really want to put him where he has a shot, and I kind of feel like the Toboggan might be his one shot, because there aren't that many other seven-furlong stakes," Lafavers said.

If he runs in Friday's $52,000 feature, Black Silk will be ridden by his regular rider, apprentice Pablo Fragoso. Lafavers would need to find a rider for the Toboggan because Fragoso is committed to Kazoo.

Aggadan is the likely favorite and figures to receive an ideal stalking trip behind the speed horses, Spooky Mulder and Secret Run.

* Longshots ruled the first day of the new meet. A pick-six carryover of $153,326 was going to be available on Thursday's after only four of six winners were correctly selected on 14 tickets, each paying $2,723. The pick four was hit for $1 and returned $134,913.