07/03/2005 11:00PM

Serey eager for fresh start to his career


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Juan Serey is itching to get back. The wait ends Wednesday, when Serey launches a comeback with three horses entered at Monmouth Park.

Serey, a five-time leading trainer here, lost his license in 2003, when the New York State Racing and Wagering Board found him in violation of rules concerning financial obligations, and New Jersey honored the ban. Juan Serey's brother Mario charged that Juan had improperly siphoned money from Mario's purse account and transferred horses into his name.

He recently was re-licensed by the New Jersey Racing Commission and has been reinstated in both states.

"It's like starting over again," said Serey, 56. "I have a different attitude, and I have more experience. I'm happier, and I have a lot of confidence."

The three horses Serey sends out Wednesday are his first since he regained his license. He will send out in the fourth. The three were transferred to Serey over the last two weeks, and all are well-spotted.

"I want to win a race," Serey said. "At least one of them has to win."

Serey said he feels Takeiteasyedye offers the best shot for a victory. A 7-year-old mare who had previously been trained by Kim Laudati, Takeiteasyedye has the rail in a turf race for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles. Most recently, she ran fourth for a $25,000 tag. The price drops to $18,000 Wednesday.

"This is the one that I like the best," Serey said. "She's won a lot of races, and she's got a lot of class. She's getting a little older, but she's doing great and this looks like a good spot for her."

Dale Beckner will ride Takeiteasyedye, who is a winner of 10 races and $306,507.

Serey's first runner, Heir D'Twine, is a 6-year-old gelding who finished up the track in a starter allowance on the grass in his first start at the meet. Also trained previously by Laudati, Heir D'Twine will shift from turf to dirt for a $5,000 price tag, the lowest level at Monmouth, with Beckner aboard.

"He's feeling good," Serey said of Heir D'Twine. "I gallop him myself every morning. If he runs the way I think he can, we should be okay."

Cypress Cove came to Serey from Larry Walters, who is handling Richard Dutrow. Jr.'s New Jersey division while Dutrow serves a suspension.

Cypress Cove will shorten up from a mile and 70 yards to six furlongs while dropping in claiming price from $25,000 to $16,000.