09/22/2002 11:00PM

A slight edge to Born Something


ELMONT, N.Y. - A turn back in distance, a switch to Belmont Park, and experience in Group 1 competition rate Born Something a slight advantage in Wednesday's entry-level allowance race at a mile over Belmont Park's Widener turf course.

Born Something, a 4-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Caerleon, has not won since taking a maiden race at Chantilly two years ago. Following that effort, she ran exclusively in Group stakes races in France, competing against the likes of champion Banks Hill, and Group 1 stakes winners Amonita and Choc Ice, winner of the 2001 E.P. Taylor.

In June 2001, Born Something was beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Banks Hill and did not race again for 15 months. Her return came earlier this month at Saratoga, where she finished third in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race. She finished three lengths behind Delta Princess, an undefeated filly trained by Bill Mott.

Born Something broke from post 9 in a 10-horse field, and rallied wide in the stretch under Jose Santos. Born Something, who has worked twice over Saratoga's Oklahoma training turf course, should appreciate the wider turns at Belmont as well as breaking from post 5.

Born Something appears to do better with a contested pace in front of her and she should get that with speed types Mild Maggie, De Rose Colony, and Minni Sangue in the field.

Ziada showed speed in an Aug. 8 maiden race at Saratoga, but weakened late while finishing third behind Aztec Pearl. That race, her first start in six months, was at 1 3/16 miles. Ziada, a daughter of Sir Cat, won her maiden in a nine-furlong off-the-turf race at Saratoga.

Jerry Bailey rides Ziada from post 3.

Fervent Wish has run well in each of her two career starts, finishing second her debut on June 13 before coming back to win her maiden on July 11 at a mile over the Widener turf course. The Rusty Arnold-trained Fervent Wish has not been out since, but shows three steady works for her return.

Since trainer Sal Russo removed the blinkers from her equipment, Minni Sangue has put in three solid races, winning twice and losing a $100,000 claiming race by a neck. She has two wins and a second from three starts at Belmont, but must overcome post 10.

A live longshot could be the Kristina Dupps-trained Sky Cover. Her lone win from seven starts came at this distance and over this course off a five-month layoff. She shows two solid workouts leading up to this race, her first start in three months.

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