07/26/2001 11:00PM

Rosemary Homeister's perfect day


MIAMI - There's only one word to describe jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. here on Friday. Perfect.

Homeister won with each of her five mounts on the card, including both ends of the early daily double. She completed her perfect day by guiding Ms. Brookski to the rail for a come-from-behind victory in the finale, and thrusted her fist in the air as she crossed the wire in celebration of her feat.

"When you get on a roll like this it just feels like everything is going right," said Homeister, who started the afternoon in third place in the jockey standings, behind Cornelio Velasquez and Abel Castellano Jr.

"The hardest part," she added, "was waiting for my last mount after winning the fourth one in the fifth race."

Homeister has now won five races on a card twice in her career. She rode her first and only other five-bagger as an apprentice here on Thanksgiving Day in 1992.

"I recently went on about a week-and-one-half slump, but that happens to everybody," said Homeister, who won the 2001 Hialeah riding title. "This business goes in cycles and sometimes you just have to wait your turn. I guess it was just my turn today."

Valid Forbes stretches out

Trainer Ralph Ziadie has been looking forward to stretching Valid Forbes around two turns since the multiple stakes winner returned to action from a six-month vacation earlier in the session. The opportunity finally arrives Sunday, when the 3-year-old filly faces four seemingly overmatched rivals in the $32,000 Designated Dancer, an overnight stakes at one & one sixteenth miles that goes as the first race on the card.

Ziadie had originally toyed with the idea of sending Valid Forbies to Prairie Meadows for the Iowa Oaks on July 5. But with only one sprint under her belt and a prospective starting lineup that included the talented Unbridled Elaine, Ziadie opted to keep Valid Forbes home for the six-furlong Azalea Breeders' Cup here on July 14, in which she finished a non-threatening eighth behind Hattiesburg.

"She just wasn't ready to go a distance of ground against that caliber of competition at the time," said Ziadie. "And I didn't want to be second guessing myself for sending her all the way out there if she happened to run poorly."

Valid Forbes, who won two of the three legs of the filly division of the 2000 Florida Stallion Stakes, including the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Stakes in her two-turn debut, figures to be odds-on to win the Designated Dancer, despite the fact she'll be going a route of ground for the first time since the Tropical Park Oaks on Jan. 2.

Of the four fillies who will challenge her on Sunday only two, Morning Sun and Frozen Dinner, are stakes winners. Man I Love Clare is in top form and comes off a near miss in the Iowa Stakes on July 15. North Park Legend is a well-bred filly who will be making only her third career start.

Morning Sun also exits the Azalea Breeders' Cup, in which she trailed throughout. That race was her first since she finished a troubled eighth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and improvement will be expected in the Designated Dancer with a sprint under her belt.