09/03/2004 11:00PM

Snake Mountain back to the races


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Snake Mountain, a multiple graded stakes winner who has not raced since March, makes his return to the races Monday in a $60,000 classified allowance race on closing day at Saratoga.

Snake Mountain, winner of four consecutive stakes from 2002-03, suffered a fracture to the top of the sesamoid bone in his right foreleg in April. He underwent surgery at the New Jersey Equine Clinic and began breezing July 21. He has six published workouts, including a mile work in 1:47 on Aug. 25, leading up to this. Richard Migliore rides.

"He's usually not at his absolute best first time after a layoff; usually second time is better," said trainer Jimmy Jerkens. "But he's trained awfully good."

Snake Mountain reeled off five straight wins from the fall of October 2002 through early 2003, winning the Stuyvesant, Queens County, Aqueduct, and Stymie handicaps. He is only 1 for 4 in the last 18 months, however.

Among the horses Snake Mountain will face in the 1 1/8-mile race is Toccet, who makes his first start since being transferred to trainer Bobby Frankel in the spring. Frankel scratched Toccet out of Saturday's Grade 1 Forego Handicap because he didn't like the rail post.

"If he had drawn the outside I might have taken a shot," Frankel said. "He's training good."

Frankel will also run Powerful Touch in the 1 1/8-mile allowance race. Powerful Touch has won three of his last four starts, including an allowance race over this course in the mud July 28.

The field also includes Kissin Saint, who has not been out since winning an allowance race in April; the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained entry of Cherry Pickings and The Name's Bond; and Free of Love.

Half-brothers debut on same card

Trainer Danny Peitz sends out two first-time starters out of the same mare on Monday's card.

Biloxi Palace, a 2-year-old colt by Seattle Slew, and Real Royal, a 3-year-old colt by Royal Academy, are both out of Mining My Business. Both colts are half-brothers to Real Cozzy, winner of the 2001 Fair Grounds Oaks and runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose.

Biloxi Palace makes his debut in a 5 1/2-furlong dirt race that goes as the second, and Real Royal starts in the nightcap, a 1 1/16-mile turf race.

"The 2-year-old I'm excited about," Peitz said. "The 3-year-old, he hasn't excited me in the mornings, but he is by Royal Academy and I wouldn't expect him to be a dirt horse. I ran him at the Fair Grounds in a training race and he cracked his cannon bone and we had to stop and put some screws in him."

Sense of Style preps for Matron

Sense of Style, winner of the Grade 2 Spinaway in her last start, worked five furlongs in 59.06 seconds Saturday morning over Saratoga's main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $300,000 Matron at Belmont Park on Sept. 19.

The move, which was done in company with another horse, was the fastest of 18 at the distance.

"She had a horse bring her to the three-eighths pole," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "It was just a maintenance work."

Sense of Style established herself as one of leading juvenile fillies in the country this summer with an impressive maiden win followed by an equally impressive Spinaway score.

Biancone also worked Comacina, a juvenile filly maiden winner here earlier in the meet. Comacina worked five furlongs in 1:01.45 and is being pointed to the Grade 3, $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington Park also on Sept. 19.

Clever Electrician super in work

Clever Electrician, winner of the John Morrissey Stakes here Aug. 19, blazed four furlongs in 46.84 seconds Saturday over the main track. It was the fastest of 24 works at the distance. Clever Electrician is pointing to Friday's $100,000 General Douglas MacArthur Stakes, the opening-day feature at Belmont Park.

"He breezed unbelievable this morning," said trainer Bruce Levine, "as good as he's ever gone."

Levine said his only concern is running Clever Electrician back just 22 days after his last race. Levine said he usually likes to space this horse's races out more.

Others pointing to the seven-furlong MacArthur are Mr. Determined, No Parole, Spite the Devil, and Top Shoter.

Spa-Pha double for Velazquez

John Velazquez is scheduled to ride Pollard's Vision in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby Monday at Philadelphia Park. But he will begin the day at Saratoga, where he will ride the first two races before catching a flight to Philadelphia along with Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Pollard's Vision.

Velazquez, who has already set a record for most wins at a single Saratoga meet with 64 (through Saturday's eighth race), will ride Prime Queen in the opener and the 2-year-old colt Argento in the second. Argento, trained by Pletcher, is a first-time starter by More Than Ready and shows several good works for his debut.