11/25/2004 12:00AM

Sis City vs. Salute in Demoiselle battle

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The defections this week of Tempted winner Summer Raven and the intriguing My Typhoon essentially have turned Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct into a two-horse race between Sis City and Salute.

returns four weeks after finishing fourth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star Park. Salute tries to bounce back from a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Tempted.

Richard Dutrow Jr. claimed Sis City for $50,000 from Steve Asmussen on Aug. 5. Sis City won the Mongo Queen Stakes by 16 lengths at Monmouth and finished a close third in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont. In the Juvenile Fillies, Sis City dueled with Higher World and was beaten only 5 3/4 lengths behind the monster that is Sweet Catomine.

"We were very happy with her race in Texas," Dutrow said. "She came out of it very, very good, very sharp; it looks like she held her weight. We're very happy with her."

The biggest question surrounding Sis City is her ability to get nine furlongs. Dutrow believes she'll be able to do it on Saturday.

"It doesn't look like it'll be a problem with this group she's running against," Dutrow said.

Dutrow also entered K.D.'s Shady Lady, who is winless in four starts, but did finish second behind Summer Raven in the Tempted. Sis City, with John Velazquez named to ride, will break from post 4 while K.D.'s Shady Lady, who is not definite to run, drew post 3 with Cornelio Velasquez named.

, a daughter of Unbridled out of the champion mare Personal Ensign, has been an odds-on favorite in all three of her starts. After losing her debut at Belmont on Sept. 12, Salute came back to win a one-mile maiden race by 8 1/4 lengths on Oct. 8. In the Tempted, Salute chased Summer Raven before backing up to third.

"She was going along nicely, switched onto her right lead turning for home, and then she got disinterested," trainer Shug McGaughey said.

McGaughey is adding blinkers to Salute's equipment. McGaughey also believes Salute will flourish in a two-turn, nine-furlong race.

"She'll run that far; I don't know if Sis City will," McGaughey said.

Jerry Bailey will ride Salute from post 2.

Natalie Jane is the wildcard in this field. An Irish-bred daughter of Giant's Causeway, she went 1 for 4 on turf in England and makes her dirt debut here. Winning Season, Secrets Galore, and the maiden Money Helps would have to improve greatly to upset the top two.