03/20/2003 12:00AM

Roar Emotion beatable


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Roar Emotion demonstrated enough talent last year to make one believe she could be a factor in the 3-year-old filly division this year. But that doesn't mean it's advisable to take a short price on her in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct.

At 2, Roar Emotion won her maiden by 10 1/2 lengths and overcame a six-week layoff to win the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes. Between those races, however, she was beaten as the 1-9 favorite in an entry-level allowance race, though her connections said she flipped her palate in that race.

Saturday, Roar Emotion must overcome a 112-day layoff, the rail post position, and the possibility of a wet track if she's to make a successful 3-year-old debut in the seven-furlong Cicada. And, while her last two workouts have been very fast, her connections admit the Cicada is not the year's main objective for Roar Emotion.

"She's about 85 to 90 percent," said Carlos Martin, who has taken over the training of Roar Emotion from his father Jose for owner Joe Allen. "We want to get a good race into her where she can progress and move forward. I think she's going to be an exciting filly."

Roar Emotion will have a new rider on Saturday as John Velazquez will be in Kentucky to ride Lion Tamer in the Lane's End Stakes. Richard Migliore has the call.

"Richie's worked her a couple of times and each time he's gotten off her he said she's the real deal," Martin said.

The two fillies with the best chance of upsetting Roar Emotion are Ladyecho and Boxer Girl, both of whom carry multiple-race win streaks into the Cicada.

Ladyecho, who was beaten 19 lengths by Roar Emotion in the nine-furlong Demoiselle, is 2 for 2 this year, with both races ungraded sprint stakes. In her career, she is 4 for 5 sprinting and hails from the white-hot barn of John Servis, who is winning races at a 30-percent clip this year.

Stewart Elliott replaces Oliver Castillo aboard Ladyecho because Castillo will ride Maryland shipper Boxer Girl in the Cicada.

Boxer Girl, owned and trained by Michael Zweisler, has won three consecutive races, all at seven furlongs.

"She's got tactical speed, but it takes a sixteenth of a mile to get her feet underneath her," Zweisler said. "She does have that closing kick going seven-eighths. It's going to be tough with [Roar Emotion] in there but now's the time to try her."

Cyber Secret, who won the Busanda Stakes, is also a threat, but would probably not run if the track is wet. Southern Smoke and Leniently complete the field.

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