05/21/2003 11:00PM

Rose to try Jersey, Maryland


Jeremy Rose has decided to expand his horizons.

Rose, who won a meet-leading 150 races at Delaware Park in 2001 en route to earning an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading apprentice, announced this week that he intends to ride at Monmouth Park and in Maryland in addition to Delaware.

Rose, 24, said his decision to stop riding mostly at Delaware is partly because he and trainer Tim Ritchey parted ways in February. Rose formerly rode first-call for Ritchey and got many live mounts.

Rose ranks seventh in the rider standings at Delaware, but his eight wins in 53 mounts coming into Saturday's program is modest compared to his usual production.

"At Delaware, I really haven't picked up a steady outfit and right now I'm playing the field," Rose said. "My plan is to go where the winning horses are, whether it be Delaware, Maryland, or Monmouth. I want to go wherever the money is good and I have a good shot of winning.

"Unless things really pick up here, that's the direction I am going. There are some trainers at Monmouth that would like to ride me. I have some good clients in Maryand, and some good clients here."

Stormin Oedy in must-win situation

Trainer Mike Petro has been pointing 6-year-old sprinter Stormin Oedy to the $200,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap at Suffolk Downs June 21. But unless Stormin Oedy runs a big race in his next start, Petro probably won't bother shipping him to New England.

Since winning the six-furlong Moseley with a 101 Beyer Speed Figure last June, Stormin Oedy has lost eight straight races, including six this year. He most recently finished second in an allowance race May 6, earning a 95 Beyer.

"We will probably run him in a money allowance here," Petro said. "But he has got to win or really run a good second or we won't go up there."

Private Lap pointing for Brandywine

Private Lap and Lyracist are being pointed for the one-mile, $100,000 Brandywine Handicap June 7.

In his last start, the 4-year-old Private Lap scored a 5 1/2-length victory in the one-mile $55,000 Quick Card Stakes May 10, earning a career-high 110 Beyer.

"He came out of his last race great and we love the time frame," his trainer, Allen Iwinski, said.

Lyracist, a 7-year-old trained by Petro, also raced on the May 10 card and won a one-mile allowance race by a length. He was awarded an 86 Beyer.

Don Six one to catch

New York-based colt Don Six, who has been competitive in graded stakes in his last two starts, brings the dangerous combination of superior early speed and an inside draw to Saturday's $55,000 Floor Show Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Don Six, trained by Frank Generazio, set the pace in both the Grade 3 Bay Shore and the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct. He was beaten a total of 2 1/4 lengths in those two stakes races while earning Beyer Speed Figures of 93 and 94.

Don Six is ideally drawn on the rail for the 1 1/16-mile Floor Show, which will be his first start around two turns.

Gimmeawink, who most recently won the six-furlong Francis "Jock" LaBelle Memorial with a 96 Beyer, figures to provide the toughest competition for Don Six. Gimmeawink finished a distant fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio in April at Pimlico and won Laurel Park's Miracle Wood at 1 1/16 miles in February.