03/08/2004 1:00AM

Song of the Sword going to Turfway


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Three-year-olds Song of the Sword and Sinister G, the winner and runner-up of an allowance/optional claimer run in thick fog at Aqueduct on Friday, are bound for stakes races for their next starts.

The undefeated Song of the Sword is likely to make his next start in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 20. The connections of Sinister G, who was beaten a nose by Song of the Sword in the mile-and-70-yard race, are looking at either the Lane's End, the $200,000 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 20, or the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 3.

Both Song of the Sword and Sinister G earned 95 Beyer Speed Figures in Friday's race. The final time over a fast track was 1:41.28, which tied the fastest time run at the distance at the inner-track meet.

Song of the Sword, an Unbridled's Song colt trained by Jennifer Pedersen and owned by Ernie Paragallo, is undefeated in three starts. He will be making his stakes debut in the 1 1/8-mile Lane's End, a race won by Pedersen and Paragallo last year with New York Hero. Paragallo won the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the following year's Florida Derby and Wood Memorial with Unbridled's Song.

In Friday's race, Song of the Sword and Sinister G raced as a team from the second turn to the finish line. Richard Migliore, who was aboard Song of the Sword, said the margin of victory was deceptive and that he didn't use the whip on his horse.

"He was just galloping and I had a lot more horse, but I let him take his time," Migliore said. "He kind of got lost when he got to the front in the stretch. He was ridden out, not driving."

Migliore also rides Redskin Warrior, who won his stakes debut in the Best Turn for Pedersen and Paragallo. After Redskin Warrior won the six-furlong Best Turn on Feb. 21, Pedersen indicated the Grade 3 Gotham was a strong possibility for the Indian Charlie colt. If that is the case, Pedersen will have to find a rider for one of her horses, because the Gotham is run on the same day as the Lane's End.

Migliore said Song of the Sword and Redskin Warrior, a winner of three of four starts, approach their jobs differently.

"Ability-wise, they are very close," Migliore said. "Song of the Sword has a little ways to go yet mentally. He's like a clown. [Redskin Warrior] is very serious and intense."

Migliore rides another 3-year-old who is on the Triple Crown trail, Friends Lake, who is scheduled to run in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

No definite target for Sinister G

John Toscano Jr., Sinister G's trainer, said he would take a wait-and-see approach to where he will run his colt next.

"I'll feel out the competition and weigh all the spots," said Toscano, who trains Sinister G for a partnership that includes his son, John III. "We call our horse 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' and always wonder, 'Will the real Sinister G show up?' When he's on, he's great. When he's off, he drives us nuts. I think it has to do with maturity."

Friday's race was Sinister G's seventh career start, and his first with Lasix. On Feb. 7, he bled while finishing seventh and last in the Whirlaway Stakes over a muddy track. In his prior start, Sinister G won a first-level allowance by 5 3/4 lengths.

She's Zealous euthanized after injury

She's Zealous, who won the Correction Handicap here on Jan. 31 for her first stakes victory, was euthanized after breaking her ankle while galloping out after a workout at Aqueduct on Sunday.

She's Zealous, a 4-year-old daughter of Cozzene, had just completed a five-furlong work for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. when she injured herself. Dutrow had been pointing the filly to the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 27.

She's Zealous, who was owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, had a record of 4-2-0 in nine starts and earnings of $157,765.

Dutrow, Fragoso runaway winners

Dutrow won the 50-day inner-track training title with 47 winners, 24 more than the runner-up, Bruce Levine. Apprentice Pablo Fragoso blew away his competition with 72 winners. Shaun Bridgmohan finished second with 54 wins.

Paragallo's Paraneck Stables led owners in victories and purses, with 16 winners and earnings of $764,992. Sanford Goldfarb finished second with 14 winners.

Weekend has three stakes

A sign that spring is not too far off is the scheduling of three stakes this weekend at Aqueduct. On Saturday, male sprinters meet in the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap, the first graded race to be run in New York since the Grade 3 Aqueduct Handicap on Jan. 17. The Grade 3 Toboggan will share the card with the $75,000 Broadway Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Sunday's feature is the Grade 3, $100,000 Next Move Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

* After Sunday's races, apprentice Tim Thornton left Aqueduct for Hawthorne, according to his agent, Chuck DelPreto, who will follow the rider to Illinois. Thornton rode 34 winners at the inner-track meet.

* Quick Action, preparing for the Gotham, worked six furlongs in 1:13.72 over Belmont Park's training track on Sunday.