06/01/2005 11:00PM

Sense of Style's New York return delayed by one race


ELMONT, N.Y. - The return of Sense of Style, one of last year's top 2-year-old fillies, will not take place in Saturday's Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park as expected, but rather across the river in New Jersey.

On Thursday morning, Sense of Style's trainer, Patrick Biancone, said the filly "was not ready to come back in a Grade 1 race" and would be pointed to the $300,000 Mother Goose here on May 25. Later in the day, Sense of Style showed up in the entries at Monmouth Park for Saturday's $60,000 Revidere Stakes.

Sense of Style, whose career got off to a smashing start last year in New York, hasn't run since finishing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. The second choice in the race, Sense of Style sustained an ankle injury in the race. She underwent surgery to remove a chip from that ankle.

Biancone's main target this year for Sense of Style, a daughter of Thunder Gulch, is the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. Sense of Style is undefeated in her three starts in New York. After winning a maiden race at Saratoga in her debut, Sense of Style returned 19 days later to win the Grade 2 Spinaway by 6 3/4 lengths. A win in the Grade 1 Matron followed at Belmont Park in the fall. Before the Breeders' Cup, Sense of Style finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Alcibiades at Keeneland.

Because of Sense of Style's perfect record in New York, Biancone is looking strictly at local races for Sense of Style after Saturday's comeback race at Monmouth Park. After the Mother Goose, Biancone will consider the Coaching Club American Oaks here on July 23 and the Alabama at Saratoga in August.

"She loves New York; we want to keep her here," Biancone said.

Be Wild Again deserving favorite

In addition to the Acorn, Saturday's card at Belmont Park will include the $60,000 Say Florida Sandy, named in honor of one of the greatest New York-breds of all-time. Say Florida Sandy retired at age 9 in 2003 with more than $2 million in earnings.

A field of seven 3-year-old New York-breds were entered in the six-furlong Say Florida Sandy.

The deserving favorite is Be Wild Again, a son of top New York sire Tomorrows Cat. Be Wild Again is owned by Peter Vegso, who could also have the favorite in the Acorn in Splendid Blended.

Be Wild Again, who has early speed, has won 3 of 5 starts. One of those victories came against Blue Sunday, who returned to win his next start by eight lengths while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 104. Blue Sunday would have been the favorite if he had run in the Say Florida Sandy, but his trainer, Tom Albertrani, is awaiting the $100,000 Mike Lee on June 26.

In his most recent start, Be Wild Again won a second-level restricted allowance race by 4 1/2 lengths, despite his rider, Norberto Arroyo Jr., losing his whip in the stretch.

Billy Turner, Be Wild Again's trainer, said his colt doesn't impress in the mornings, but his competitive nature turns on in the afternoon.

"When you put him in a competitive situation he is tough, but he doesn't train like he performs," Turner said.

Summerland, trained by Rick Violette, could be a tough opponent if his game face is on. Summerland's record is spotty, but his two career wins, both at six furlongs, were visually impressive, including his career debut in October at Belmont.

Summerland must rebound from a 32-length loss in the Times Square, a division of the New York Stallion Stakes, at Aqueduct on April 24.

"He doesn't want to go a mile," Violette said in reference to Summerland's Times Square effort. "It was just an ugly, ugly race."

Mutuel machines vandalized

Sometime during a six-day period beginning on May 22, 40 mutuel machines at Aqueduct were vandalized, according to Ken Cook, the director of security of the New York Racing Association.

A foreign substance was placed in the machines, which rendered them inoperable. Cook said each machine was worth $2,000.

The matter is being investigated by the 106th police precinct in Queens. "They have made it their top priority," Cook said.

No suspects have been named in the case. NYRA and its mutuel clerks have been on shaky ground recently. Approximately 80 mutuel clerks staged an apparent job action by calling in sick at Belmont Park on Preakness Day. Soon after, NYRA fired 59 mutuel clerks.

* Annette Margaret, a longtime trainer at Finger Lakes, died on Wednesday after battling cancer. She was 62.