11/23/2005 1:00AM

'Society' out, but may be back

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Society Selection won't run this weekend at Aqueduct, but she might return next year at age 5.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Though she won't be racing this week, Society Selection may run again next year, her owner, Irv Cowan, said Wednesday.

Society Selection, who finished second to Pleasant Home in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, was nominated to Friday's Top Flight Handicap and Saturday's Cigar Mile, but will not run in either race. However, pending a veterinarian's examination, Cowan is strongly considering bringing the multiple Grade 1-winning mare back for a 5-year-old campaign.

"Unless a vet tells me she's got significant wear and tear someplace, my wife and I are both leaning towards racing her another year," Cowan said Wednesday from Florida. He owns Society Selection with his wife, Marjorie. "We're going to skip the Top Flight, not for any particular reason other than she's proved everything she needs to prove. I felt that the Breeders' Cup was a pretty demanding race and there was no reason to just race her for racing's sake."

Cowan did not rule out the possibility of selling Society Selection as a broodmare prospect "if there's enough [money] on the table."

Society Selection remains in the Belmont Park barn of trainer Allen Jerkens, but will likely be evaluated at an equine clinic in Kentucky before shipping to Gulfstream Park in Florida.

"Just a precautionary thing," Cowan said. "You'd hate to pass the breeding season and find out you got a problem. We will make a decision shortly, but we haven't as of yet. It's always nice to have a stakes horse that you know about without waiting on the babies."

Society Selection has a record of 6-6-2 from 19 starts with career earnings of $1,984,200. She has won five stakes, including last year's Test and Alabama. This year, Society Selection's only win came in the Grade 2 Shuvee.

Silver Wagon to run under Dutrow's name

With trainer Ralph Ziadie serving a suspension, Silver Wagon will run under trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.'s name in Saturday's Grade 1 Cigar Mile. Both men train for Buckram Oak Farm, the owner of Silver Wagon.

Ziadie is one of five Calder-based trainers serving 15-day suspensions for Robinul, a Class 3 drug that Ziadie said is commonly used to control bleeding. Silver Wagon has been based in New York since the summer; Ziadie's groom and exercise rider are overseeing the colt's training.

Silver Wagon finished second to Ghostzapper in the Metropolitan Handicap at one mile in May and most recently finished fourth in the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap at six furlongs on Breeders' Cup Day.

"A mile is his best trip, really," Ziadie said Wednesday from Florida. "Hopefully, moving to Mr. Dutrow he does move up a notch, too. Who knows? I'll be watching him on TVG. Hopefully, he runs a good race. The race looks like a tough race. From what I understand, he's coming into the race very good."

Henny Hughes headed to Dubai

Henny Hughes, the talented 2-year-old who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will head to Dubai for the winter to prepare for his 3-year-old season, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

Henny Hughes was transferred to McLaughlin from trainer Patrick Biancone less than three weeks before the Juvenile. When he was with Biancone, Henny Hughes won the Tremont and the Saratoga Special before finishing second in the Hopeful and Champagne. Prior to the Saratoga Special, Henny Hughes was purchased for a reported $4.3 million by Sheikh Rajid bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the son of Godolphin Racing's Sheikh Mohammed.

"Obviously they want to win the Kentucky Derby from there, and I hope they do with that horse because nobody in the world deserves it more than Sheikh Mohammed," McLaughlin said. "I'm hoping I'm somewhat involved when they do. It hurts to lose a horse like that, but I didn't have a horse like that a month ago."

John Campo Jr. training again

After more than a one-year absence, John Campo Jr. is training horses again. On Nov. 13, Campo saddled Esoteric Trick to victory in the last race at Aqueduct. That night, Campo's father, John Campo Sr., died. Campo Sr. was the trainer of 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony.

"At least he got to hear my first race back," the younger Campo said.

Campo began training in 1984. He stopped in early 2004 to manage a broodmare farm in upstate New York, then returned to the track later that year and worked as an assistant to Michael Brice. Brice and his main owner, Eric Fein, had a falling out, and Fein gave Campo several horses to train.

Campo has other clients, including Our Sugar Bear Stable as well as Edward Ennis and James Donneillan, the owners of Esoteric Trick.

"If Michael's business didn't go the wrong way and he still had 40 head, I'd probably still be with him," Campo said. "Circumstances are what they are. I'm good at what I do. I needed the clientele; I think I have the clientele for the winter and through the spring. I'm just happy to be back."

Kentucky apprentice Toups to New York

Randall Toups, a seven-pound apprentice who is making an impression in Kentucky, will begin riding here on Wednesday. The former jockey Randy Romero will serve as Toups's agent. Romero and Toups are cousins.

Toups, a 16-year-old native of Louisiana, has won 10 races from 119 mounts. Through Sunday, he was 7 for 60 at the Churchill meet.

"I'm excited to bring this kid," Romero said. "I think he could be a very, very tough competitor for the winter meet. He has no bad habits. He doesn't smoke, doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs;he just wants to work and ride horses. So we're hoping to go up there and try to break all the apprentice records in money and wins. We got a whole year to do it. He's that good, I think."

Crafty Player goes back to back

It came over a three-day period, but Crafty Player pulled off a racing rarity by winning consecutive races at Aqueduct.

Crafty Player won the last race on Sunday's card and then took the opener on Wednesday, both for Dutrow. Though he was offered for $12,500 on Sunday, Crafty Player went unclaimed. On Wednesday, Patricia Farro claimed him for $16,000.

Though it is the first time he's won consecutive races, it is not the first time Crafty Player has won twice in three days. He won the first race over the inner track on Feb. 24 and 27.

* Apprentice jockey Pablo Morales was taken to North Shore University Hospital for precautionary X-rays on his right foot Wednesday. Morales was thrown from his mount, Little Sulyman, prior to the ninth race. Little Sulyman ran off and ran through the parking lot, where he was apprehended near the valet lot. He was reported to be uninjured.