06/12/2002 11:00PM

Sky Terrace attracts a crowd


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Vickie Foley was recently asked whether she gets nervous whenever her stable star, Sky Terrace, is about to race. Before she could answer, her longtime boyfriend, jockey agent Terry "Jaws" Miller, interjected: "The only one who gets nervous is the track photographer."

Funny, but probably true, since the Churchill Downs winner's circle is overwhelmed by many of the 200-plus people who own percentages in Sky Terrace whenever he wins. Such a chaotic scene already has unfolded twice at this spring meet: after Sky Terrace splashed to victory in the April 27 Derby Trial, and after he held on gamely to defeat Stephentown in a May 25 prep for the Northern Dancer Stakes.

The $100,000 Northern Dancer, which drew a field of seven 3-year-olds, leads off the Stephen Foster Super Saturday schedule as the eighth of 11 Churchill races.

Foley, who trains Sky Terrace for the Louisville-based syndicate managed by Bill Malone and Tom Thieneman, obviously is hoping that track photographer Terry Jones experiences another surge in business Saturday. "We probably buy 200 pictures," said Foley.

But for another group photo to take place following the Northern Dancer, Sky Terrace not only will have to defeat capable newcomers such as Shah Jehan and Danthebluegrassman, but also turn back Stephentown, who experienced some traffic trouble under Pat Day when narrowly losing their last meeting by a half-length.

"The way I saw the race, Stephentown had an eighth of a mile to get past my horse, and he couldn't," said Foley. "Besides, Pat was riding the way he usually does, waiting to make his move late."

The Northern Dancer, like the other two races Sky Terrace has won already, is a one-turn mile. "I'm going to hate to see these mile races end," said Foley.

The last of the four Super Saturday races is the $150,000 Regret Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race in which Styleistick figures as a slight favorite over eight other 3-year-old fillies.

Styleistick, owned by a partnership headed by Team Valor, has been away eight weeks since winning the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in her last start. Day retains the mount for trainer Bill Mott.

Other contenders include Traci's Wild and Distant Valley, the respective one-three finishers in a May 25 prep, and Peace River Lady, who already has won twice over this grass course at the meet.

The Regret, named for the great filly who won the 1915 Kentucky Derby, had been an annual stand-alone feature at the spring meet until being folded into an expanded Super Saturday lineup last year.