10/29/2002 1:00AM

Reversal of fortune in cards for Pletcher

Email

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After a disappointing weekend in Chicago, trainer Todd Pletcher is hoping for a turnaround this weekend in New York when he will be represented in three of four stakes races at Aqueduct.

Last Saturday, Pletcher went 0 for 4 in stakes at Arlington Park, including Appleby Gardens's fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Harlan's Holiday's ninth-place finish in the Classic.

This Saturday, Pletcher will send out probable favorite Boston Bull in the $100,000 Nashua for juveniles. Sunday, Pletcher will run Smok'n Frolic in the $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap and Chimichurri in the $100,000 Tempted for juvenile fillies.

Boston Bull, a son of Boston Harbor owned by Dogwood Stable, comes off a convincing four-length win in the Grade 3 Cowdin run over a sloppy Belmont main track. He is now 2 for 2 since adding blinkers.

"We felt confident but we had a question because of the track condition and everything, and I thought he handled it very well," Pletcher said. "He controlled the race throughout and came out of the race in great shape. He's likely to get the mile."

Among those expected for the Nashua are Added Edge, Outer Reef, Roaring Fever, Wacky for Love, and possibly Pretty Wild.

Smok'n Frolic, another Dogwood runner, is coming off a victory in the Grade 2 Cotillion at Philadelphia Park, her first win from five starts this year. Smok'n Frolic had a rough winter in Florida, developing a throat infection at the beginning of the year. After two unsuccessful attempts on turf and a well-beaten sixth in the Alabama, Smok'n Frolic finally displayed her 2-year-old form winning the Cotillion. As a 2-year-old, Smok'n Frolic went 4 for 9, including a victory in the Demoiselle at Aqueduct.

Chimichurri is coming off a third-place finish in the Astarita on Oct. 13. Pletcher believes she was compromised by being stuck on the inside.

"Had she drawn an outside post things might have different,'' he said. "I'm interested to see how she'll handle the mile.''

North East Bound in Knickerbocker

Trainer Bill Perry said he had mixed feelings about North East Bound being the last horse excluded from the Breeders' Cup Mile field.

"I thought the track might be too soft and he doesn't relish that," Perry said. "But, he usually runs hard and they would have known he was in there."

Instead of being a longshot in the $1 million Mile, North East Bound will have to settle for being the starting highweight in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap. North East Bound has run over 12 different turf courses, but this will be his first start at Aqueduct.

North East Bound, who was beaten a neck in the 2000 BC Mile, hasn't won a grass race since the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April 2001.

His only win this year was a front-running score in the Canadian Turf Handicap, which was rained off the turf and reduced to a four-horse field.

After finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds in March, North East Bound missed all of the summer due to foot problems. Since returning, he finished last in the Thomas Edison Stakes, a five-furlong race rained off the turf, and sixth, in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile.

"We met some pretty tough horses," Perry said of the Shadwell. "It looked like he had a good trip, he just ran out of training at the eighth pole."

North East Bound was assigned 117 pounds for the Knickerbocker, run at nine furlongs. The only other confirmed starters as of Tuesday were Eltawaasul (114), Full Flow, and Serial Bride (114).

Svea Dahl ready for 'Alarm'

Trainer Bruce Levine said he had been looking forward to running Svea Dahl a route of ground ever since he claimed her in June. But her success sprinting and the dearth of route races for which she was eligible forced him to keep her sprinting.

Earlier this month, Levine found the ideal spot in which to run Svea Dahl and she lived up to his expectations by winning a one-mile, third-level allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths at Belmont. Sunday, Levine will stretch out Svea Dahl even farther while stepping her up in class in the Grade 3, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at nine furlongs.

"She's bred to go long. I was dying to run her long," Levine said. "I'm kind of looking forward to going two turns."

On Tuesday, Svea Dahl worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00.59, handily, over Belmont's main track. It was the fifth-fastest of 28 moves at the distance. The breeze came a week after she went an easy half-mile in 48.60 seconds.