07/05/2005 11:00PM

Straight Line may return in Round Table

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Smoke Smoke Smoke will have a light campaign the second half of the year.

CHICAGO - Asked to do something different, Straight Line failed and Smoke Smoke Smoke succeeded, but it is Straight Line who may quickly swing back into action, while Smoke Smoke Smoke will slow down, or even stop, during the rest of the racing season.

The two 3-year-olds both shipped out of Arlington last weekend for stakes races, with Straight Line in a far more prominent spot. Sent off the 5-2 second choice in the Ohio Derby, he pressed the pace and took the lead, but failed to stay the 1 1/8 miles and tired to fifth.

That was Saturday, and the next afternoon at Churchill Downs, Smoke Smoke Smoke bounced back from a shocking loss in a three-horse, $36,000 stakes race at Canterbury Park, taking the $68,000 Beau Genius by three-quarters of a length in his first try on turf. Smoke Smoke Smoke won the Lost Code Handicap over a good field this past spring at Hawthorne, and had been considered for prominent races such as the Riva Ridge, but for now, trainer Hugh Robertson is talking more about a 4-year-old campaign than any big adventure later this summer.

"I don't really have any plans for him," Robertson said. "I'd think we maybe wouldn't run him too much this year. That was his seventh out, and he's made quite a bit of money, and he's been at the races since January and February."

Straight Line returned to Chicago on Sunday, and trainer Brian Williamson said the horse had exited the Ohio Derby in good physical condition - good enough that he'll be seriously considered for the Round Table Stakes here, though it comes up quickly, on July 16.

"We might end up in the Round Table," Williamson said. "I did get my invitation to the Haskell yesterday, and maybe if we would've won that last one, we could've gone there, but not off that race."

Straight Line now has four wins and a second in one-turn races, and has finished fourth and fifth at two turns, but his connections aren't yet giving up on route races. Williamson suggested Straight Line had bounced Saturday after a powerful comeback race here June 4.

Jockey Chris Emigh "said he still had horse when he made the lead," Williamson said, "but when another horse came up to him, he went to ask him for more, and he didn't have any horse.

"We might try two turns again, just because there's not much else out there for him."

For All We Know headed to Belmont

Unbeaten in three starts, For All We Know won by a neck at six furlongs, by 3 3/4 lengths at 6 1/2 furlongs, and by five lengths at one mile. Superficially, at least, it looks like the farther the filly goes, the better she is - one reason trainer John Ward is sending For All We Know to Belmont, where she'll make her stakes debut July 23 in the 1 1/4-mile Coaching Club American Oaks.

With that long-distance race in mind, For All We Know had a long, slowish workout here Monday, going six furlongs in 1:15.20. She'll work one more time next week before catching a flight to New York, Ward said.

Also working Monday was another Ward-trained 3-year-old filly, Miss Matched, who went five furlongs in 1:01.40. Winner of the Grade 3 Dogwood last out at Churchill, Miss Matched isn't likely to start again until the Arlington Oaks on Aug. 20.

"I don't want to take her out of town for anything right now," Ward said.

It will be even longer until Seek a Star's next race. The La Troienne winner has a bruised knee and is finished for the year. "We're going to give her the rest of the season and bring her back in Florida next year, and she'll be a real strong sprinter next season," Ward said.

Beverly D. next for Miss Terrible

Miss Terrible, the Argentine champion who won a pair of Grade 3 grass races earlier this year, had her first published workout since finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap on May 30 at Hollywood Park, breezing a slow six furlongs on dirt here Saturday.

"We're going to point her to the Beverly D., and we're not going to have any prep," said trainer Brad Ross. "I find she's better running fresh."

Miss Terrible's first work back was slower than Ross would have preferred, but she'll have time for several more breezes before the Aug. 13 Beverly D. Ross said Miss Terrible had compromising issues coming into the Gamely, and wasn't at her best, but has bounced back since the race.

"She's gained a lot of weight and she looks well," he said.

* Entries were slow Wednesday for Friday, but a second-level turf allowance managed to attract a full field of 12 horses. Slew Slayer came close to cracking through this allowance condition in his last start, and might be favored to do so this time.