10/05/2001 12:00AM

Saturday in May tries grass


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - It didn't really matter that Saturday in May's turf experiment was put on hold last month. When the allowance race he was entered in was moved from turf to a sloppy main track, Saturday in May ran anyway and won for the second straight time.

The urge to see what this promising colt can do on grass still exists, and so his connections, owner Peter Blum and trainer Mike Stidham, entered Saturday in May in Sunday's Steinlen Stakes, a $50,000-added overnight race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

"We're anxious for his turf debut," Stidham said. And one can see why. By the top stallion A.P. Indy, Saturday in May, a homebred, was produced by the Mr. Prospector mare Mine Only, the dam of several good turf horses.

Her first foal, the sire Academy Award, won the Grade 2 Manhattan on turf. Her daughters Good Mood and Statuette each won the Miss Grillo Stakes, a Grade 3 grass race.

The lightly raced Saturday in May needed time between his first three starts, but on Sunday he will be making his third start in two months, and the steady mix of racing and training has quickened the colt's development. "He's had strong gallops since his last race. I feel very comfortable with his fitness level right now," Stidham said.

Saturday in May faces six opponents in the Steinlen, though that number would likely dwindle if the race were taken off turf, as Friday's scheduled grass races were taken off after a night of steady rain.

In any case, the course should still have some give on Sunday, which Slough Creek and Bahroba will like. Slough Creek, trained by Murray Johnson, has won two straight on turf, the last a runaway allowance win on a yielding turf. Bahroba also won his last race on a yielding course.

Mystery Giver has won three consecutive races, but all against

Illinois-breds, and he takes a major step up in class. Kentucky invader Horrible Evening was badly beaten in his only turf race, and probably is entered to capitalize on a potential switch to dirt, on which he has won four races.

Kubik steps down from board

Jack Kubik has stepped down as executive director of the Illinois Racing Board. Kubik will preside over Tuesday's monthly Board meeting but will officially leave his post sometime next week, a source at the Racing Board said.

No successor, either interim or permanent, has yet been named to

succeed Kubik. The Board's executive director is directly appointed by the Illinois governor.

Cadman struggles as journeyman

Struggling jockey Zoe Cadman, who won the Hawthorne riding title this spring, has a new agent but the same outlook. Cadman, who has won only five races here since she lost her apprentice allowance on Aug. 13, now has agent Justin Cassity booking mounts for her. But despite the first truly rough spell of her young career, she's retained her positive attitude and her work ethic.

"Her business here is still relatively good, and the future at

Hawthorne looks very bright," said Cassity, who also represents Shane Laviolette. "The thing with Zoe is she sells herself. This morning, after we had an inch-and-a-half of rain last night and it's 45 degrees out, she's walking the barns at 6 a.m."

"This was bound to happen sooner or later," said Cadman, who rode Harlan Ash to a win here on Thursday "There's no sense sitting back and crying about it. Sure, it's a little discouraging, but you can't let it get you down."

Cadman said she split with agent Bobby Kelly because he is going to Fair Grounds with jockey Eddie Martin, while she intends to stay in Chicago. "I'd rather make a change sooner rather than later," she said.

Through Thursday, Cadman had 25 wins, tied for 10th in the standings.

*There were 15 claims here on Thursday, by far the highest single day total at this meet. Fourteen different trainers claimed horses for prices between $7,500 and $35,000, as stables assemble their stock for a switch to a new race meet at the end of the month.

*Fans can watch and wager on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and five other races from Longchamp here Sunday morning. The Arc simulcast is the cornerstone of Sunday's Breakfast at Arlington, which will be held between 7:30 and 10 a.m.