08/03/2003 11:00PM

Something Ventured from sizzling barn


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Marathon turf runners are in the spotlight Wednesday, when 10 fillies and mares run 11 furlongs in the $65,000 Waya Stakes as Saratoga kicks off the third week of the meet.

The conditions of the race are written as such that recent stakes winners Primetimevalentine and Something Ventured are eligible for this race. Both horses won restricted stakes race at Belmont, but this race is for fillies and mares that have not won an "open" stakes.

Something Ventured will be favored as she is coming off a neck loss to Stylish in the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap at Monmouth last month.

"She got nailed on the wire,'' said trainer Todd Pletcher, who has a remarkable 15 wins in the first 12 days of the meet. "I thought she ran her race. She has a tendency to let up a little bit when she makes the lead which is what she did.''

Prior to the Eatontown, Something Ventured won the Auntie Mame Stakes at Belmont by two lengths and lost the Possible Mate by a head to Primetimevalentine.

Something Ventured will break from post 4 under jockey John Velazquez and carry top weight of 123 pounds, five to seven pounds more than the rest of the field.

After winning the Possible Mate at Belmont, Primetimevalentine was eased in the Sheepshead Bay, which was run over an extremely soft turf course. She returned in the Robert Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap at Delaware in which she encountered trouble in the stretch and was beaten 1 3/4 lengths.

"We definitely got in trouble to cost us being second and maybe all of it,'' trainer Danny Peitz said. "We were a little further back than I thought we might be and the pace wasn't all that strong. The filly that won the race had a dream trip and we tried to make a run along the inside and got steadied pretty good and had to take out.''

Primetimevalentine gets a rider switch to Edgar Prado and will be in receipt of six pounds from Something Ventured.

Spice Island, trained by John Pregman, rallied six wide in the stretch to finish second in the Robert Dick Memorial. She figures to relish the 1 3/8-mile distance of Wednesday's race.

Midnight Angel could be the main speed in the race. Midnight Angel won an entry-level allowance race at Keeneland and finished second in a second-level allowance race at Belmont. She'll break from the rail under rider Jean-Luc Samyn.

Cozie Advantage, who defeated Midnight Angel a Belmont, won her maiden at Saratoga, and it also looks like the distance will suit her.