11/01/2001 12:00AM

Skiffington's big decision


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Trainer Tom Skiffington has some interesting propositions to think about as he tries to determine where next to run Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf runner-up Spook Express.

While Skiffington is leaning toward running her in the $500,000, Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25, he was contacted by officials of the Japan Racing Association, who inquired if Skiffington would be interested in running Spook Express against the boys in the $3.9 million Japan Cup on the same day.

"It's just a consideration," said Skiffington, who saddled Maxzene in the Japan Cup in 1998. She finished fifth. "It's on the other side of the world, but she's a very easy filly to ship."

A third option for Spook Express is the Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 16.

Skiffington said he wouldn't have a problem running Spook Express against colts - she beat the boys in her native South Africa - although he isn't thrilled with the prospect of running her against Fantastic Light, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf. A decision on Fantastic Light's Japan Cup status was expected to be made Friday.

"I'm leaning heavily toward the Matriarch," Skiffington said, "but I've been known to change my mind."

Skiffington pointed out that he had planned to run Spook Express in either the Yellow Ribbon or the E.P. Taylor as a prep for the Breeders' Cup, but ultimately decided on the WinStar Galaxy at Keeneland, thinking it would be an easier race.

Spook Express and Solvig (fourth in the Filly and Mare Turf) both came out of the WinStar, while Lailani, England's Legend, and Starine, the top three finishers from the Flower Bowl, ran eighth, 10th, and 11th in the Breeders' Cup.

Prospectress retired

Skiffington reported that Prospectress pulled a suspensory in her left foreleg while finishing last in a division of the Athenia Handicap last Friday. She has been retired and will be bred to Theatrical. Prospectress had been bred to Theatrical earlier this year, but lost the foal after three months and was put back into training.

Prospectress, a 6-year-old daughter of Mining, retires with a record of 6-6-2 from 17 starts and earnings of $236,030. She won the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap last December.

"She was a better filly than I ever showed she was," Skiffington said. "`She was a Grade 1 filly."

Kelly shoots for another

One day after upsetting the Discovery Handicap with Evening Attire, trainer Pat Kelly was thinking about another stakes triumph, with Riskaverse, who will be one of the contenders in Sunday's $75,000 Miss Grillo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at nine furlongs on turf.

Riskaverse, a daughter of Dynaformer, won her maiden on turf in July at Belmont, but has raced on dirt in her subsequent three starts. Most recently, she finished a well-beaten third behind You in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont. Kelly had planned to pre-enter Riskaverse in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but she got sick two days before pre-entries were due.

Riskaverse is a half-sister to Cozzy Corner, who is a graded stakes winner on turf. On Thursday, Riskaverse worked four furlongs in 48.66 seconds on the Belmont turf, the fastest of eight works at the distance.

"She had a nice work," Kelly said. "There'll be a little question about the distance, but being a Dynaformer she should be okay."

Among those being pointed to the Miss Grillo are Attico, Barrister Kathleen, Consort Music, Kathy K D, Lujien Lujien, Meadow Love, Megahurtz, and Piano Chimes.

Meanwhile, Kelly said Evening Attire came out of his race well and may be pointed to the Queens County Handicap here on Dec. 1.

Sakhee, Noverre leave Sunday

Sakhee, the Arc de Triomphe winner and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is expected to ship home to Dubai on Sunday, according to Godolphin assistant trainer Laurent Barbarin. He will be accompanied by Noverre, who finished seventh as the 4-1 favorite in the Mile.

Barbarin said a decision on whether Fantastic Light would be joining them or would be sent to Japan for the Japan Cup was due on Friday.

Barbarin added that Street Cry, the runner-up in Wednesday's Discovery Handicap, left for California on Thursday. He will begin quarantine on Monday at Fairplex before being shipped home to Dubai in early December.