11/14/2008 12:00AM

Semaphore Man back on right track


Semaphore Man switches from Polytrack to dirt - the surface on which he posted all seven of his wins - in the $50,000 Chuck Taliaferro Memorial on Sunday at Remington Park.

"I think it's a big change," said Kelly Von Hemel, who trains the Grade 3 winner for Double Bogey Stable.

Semaphore Man has been racing of late on Polytrack, first at Turfway Park where he finished sixth in the $62,000 Marfa on Sept. 13. One start later, he was seventh in the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland, a race in which rider Robby Albarado was teaming with him for the first time since they finished third to the undefeated Euroears in the $100,000 Gaudin Memorial at Fair Grounds last February.

"Robby said he just didn't handle the synthetic - he didn't feel like same horse on the synthetic as opposed to when he rode him down at the Fair Grounds," Von Hemel said. "We tried it, and it didn't work out. We'll run him here and give him a little time off and freshen him up for Hot Springs."

Semaphore Man, the winner of the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., in April, has spent the past few weeks training at Remington.

"He's worked a couple times over the track very well," said Von Hemel.

Cliff Berry will ride Semaphore Man in the Taliaferro, one of four stakes worth a cumulative $200,000 on the card. Others in the race include Celluloid Hero and Wind Water.

Phoenician Moon tries something new

Phoenician Moon, who closed well to win the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial for 2-year-old fillies last month at Remington, will make her two-turn and turf debut in the $50,000 Cimarron. Run at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, the race drew 12.

Phoenician Moon has won 2 of 3 starts, her loss coming in the $51,000 Prairie Meadows Debutante when she was nosed out on Sept. 13. Lynn Chleborad, who trains Phoenician Moon, looks forward to moving her to two turns.

"I think the longer you run her, the more that she'll like it," she said. "She rates very well. She is still learning, but she's a professional in the way she handles pressure."

Smart Cents, who was third in the Gaylord, is also moving to two turns and turf in the Cimarron.

"We've been looking forward to it," said her trainer, Kelly Von Hemel. "We feel being by Smart Strike, she'll like the turf. And I think she'll like the distance."

Smart Strike is getting 15 percent winners on turf. Others in the field include restricted stakes winners Peach Brew, Bridesmaid, and Dona's Diva, and turf-route maiden winner Fourstarattraction.

Marquee Event heads Centennial

Marquee Event brings a strong last-race company line into the $50,000 Centennial, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds. In that start, he was second to Kick On in the $125,000 MEC Mile at Remington.

"The winner came back and ran another good race," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Marquee Event.

Kick On, who was second to Marquee Event in a maiden special weight at Lone Star Park in July, won the $150,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs one start after the MEC and is now being pointed for the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot.

The last time Marquee Event ran a mile on turf, he was second in the $75,000 Sunny's Halo at Louisiana Downs.

* Symphony of Psalm, who has won 3 of her last 4 starts, moves back to dirt for the $50,000 Lady's Secret.