09/25/2007 11:00PM

Roshani comes into Violet fresh

EmailEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A well-rested Roshani tops the Grade 3, $150,000 Violet Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The Violet, at 1 1/16 miles, is one of three stakes on the nine-race program.

Roshani has had an excellent season, with 4 wins from 5 starts. Her lone loss was a half-length defeat following a bobble at the break in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The 4-year-old thrived this season on a well-spaced schedule laid out by trainer Todd Pletcher.

The campaign started in late March at Gulfstream Park, where she won her maiden while debuting on turf. She captured allowance races in her next two starts, in late April at Keeneland and late May at Monmouth.

The Eatontown on June 16 came next, producing Roshani's only loss of the season, when she came back on relatively short rest.

Roshani got a break until her most recent appearance: a one-length victory on Aug. 5 in Monmouth's Grade 3 Matchmaker. She returns in the Violet after almost eight weeks off.

"Todd likes to space her races," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "When fillies run bang-up races, and she's done it back to back, he will look to give them some time. She's doing just as good now as she has all season. She's a nice filly to train and be around. We are expecting her to run good."

Garrett Gomez has the return call. Roshani breaks from post 5 in the six-horse field.

The Violet could be the final start for Humoristic, a gallant campaigner throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in recent seasons. The 6-year-old is heading for retirement with seven wins and $436,862 in earnings in the bank. Trainer Hamilton Smith might consider one more start for Humoristic after the Violet.

"We started to retire her last year, but she was running so good, we thought we could come back and win a few," he said.

Smith would love to see Humoristic go out a winner, something that has proven elusive lately. The mare is mired in a 13-race losing streak - her last win came in the 2005 Violet.

Rajiv Maragh will ride.

Completing the field are La Dolce Vita, Star of Sahm, and Hopes and Dreams.

Fagedaboutit Sal tops undercard stakes

The Violet is supported by a pair of $55,000 stakes: the Castle Guard for New Jersey-breds at one mile and the World Appeal for 2-year-olds at one mile and 70 yards on the turf.

In the Castle Guard, Fagedaboudit Sal tries to bounce back from a neck loss in the Jersey Breeders Handicap.

Pletcher and Smith also have runners in the World Appeal. Both won their maidens last time out in their grass debuts: Why Tonto for Pletcher and Hugo for Smith.

Bad step knocks Princess Janie out of BC

Any hopes of getting Princess Janie to the first running of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Oct. 26 at Monmouth were dashed last weekend when the filly stumbled badly at the start of the Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park, tore off a shoe, and suffered gashes to her left front foot.

"She tore a chunk out of the frog, about an inch deep, and put about a quarter-sized hole in her ankle," said trainer Cam Gambolati. "She took one swipe and got herself pretty good. She lost her hind end coming out of the gate and overstepped, over-reached trying to right herself."

After walking sore for several days, the 3-year-old was sound Wednesday morning, according to Gambolati.

Princess Janie entered the Gallant Bloom fresh from a career-best victory in Monmouth's Mongo Queen Stakes on Aug. 29, in which she earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure. The Grade 2 Gallant Bloom was her final chance to earn graded-stakes points to qualify for the Breeders' Cup.

If all heals well, Gambolati will aim Princess Janie for Monmouth's $200,000 Miss Woodford Stakes on Oct. 27 on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

On that same card, Gambolati's Buffalo Man could stage his comeback in the $200,000 Select Stakes. The 3-year-old Buffalo Man has been sidelined since a condylar fracture in Florida in February knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.

Gottcha Gold training steadily for Dirt Mile

Gottcha Gold, winner of the Salvator Mile and the Iselin Breeders' Cup over the summer, continues to train up to the first running of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 26.

Because of the configuration of Monmouth, the race will be contested at one mile and 70 yards.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. considered a prep race like the Massachusetts Handicap following the Iselin win on Aug. 18, but decided Gottcha Gold would benefit more from remaining at his home track, where the Breeders' Cup will be run.

"We decided the best course of action for this horse is what we're doing," Plesa said. "He'll come into it a good fresh horse. Our objective is to run in the Breeders' Cup. We'll have plenty of time later on to run in other races out of town."

Since Aug. 31, Gottcha Gold has had a five-furlong work every Friday with another scheduled this week.