04/25/2004 11:00PM

Streaking Jerkens might run Medallist in Withers


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With wins in Aqueduct stakes the past two weekends, trainer Allen Jerkens will likely shoot for another on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes with Medallist.

On Monday, Jerkens said he was "75 percent" to run Medallist in the one-mile Withers for 3-year-olds. Last year, Jerkens won the Withers with New York-bred Spite the Devil, who is owned by his wife, Elisabeth.

Medallist, with jockey Jorge Chavez aboard, worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:29.02 over Belmont Park's main track on Sunday. Jerkens said Chavez will have the mount in the Withers if Medallist runs.

In his second start, Medallist, a son of Touch Gold, won a maiden race by 3 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 8. He led from start to finish in the seven-furlong race and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89. In his last race, Medallist finished second as the favorite on March 31 at Gulfstream. He was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Classy Migration, who scored his second consecutive win that day.

"The jury is still out on [Medallist]," said Jerkens, who trains the colt for Robert Clay. "He does everything so easy in the morning, so you would think he would be really good in the afternoon. I was pretty disappointed in his last race. He was right there the whole way and then the winner drew away, but I think [Classy Migration] is a good horse."

On April 17, five days before his 75th birthday, Jerkens won the Bed o' Roses with Passing Shot. Last Saturday, he won the Fort Marcy with longshot Chilly Rooster, who was ridden by seven-pound apprentice Shannon Uske.

Jerkens was full of praise for Uske's ground-saving ride aboard Chilly Rooster, who became a stakes winner in the Fort Marcy.

"She sure didn't look like an apprentice," Jerkens said.

There are no set plans for Chilly Rooster, who Jerkens noted is still eligible for his four-other-than condition.

Bowman's Band, whom Jerkens scratched out of the Fort Marcy the morning of the race, was nominated to the Grade 3 Westchester Handicap on opening day at Belmont, May 5. Jerkens said Bowman's Band was acting like "he didn't want to do anything" on the morning of the Fort Marcy.

"We'll take a blood test and see how he is," Jerkens said.

Wild Wadi a Peter Pan possibility

Wild Wadi, a promising 3-year-old who beat older horses in a first-level allowance race last Saturday, might make his stakes debut in the $200,000 Peter Pan at Belmont May 22.

"We'll take a look at the Peter Pan or run back in a second-level allowance race," said Steve Young, Wild Wadi's trainer. "To do what he did against older horses and to run every step of the way was a nice effort. When he runs, he goes to war, and I would like to space his races. I think he's a nice horse."

On Saturday, Wild Wadi contested the pace before drawing off to a 1 1/2-length win. He covered the mile in 1:36.64 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93. In his two-length maiden win at Gulfstream in February, Wild Wadi earned a 95 Beyer.

A son of Old Trieste, Wild Wadi is owned by Jon and Sarah Kelly, the co-owners of Borrego, who will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Roaring Fever finds softer spot

After finishing last in the Grade 3 Toboggan in March at odds of 25-1, Roaring Fever has found a better spot to earn his first victory of the year, Wednesday's feature at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Wednesday's nine-race card begins the final five days of racing at Aqueduct's spring meet.

The $47,000 feature, a third-level allowance race for older males, drew six runners.

Roaring Fever, a full brother to Grade 1 stakes winner Raging Fever, has trained sharply since the Toboggan for trainer Mark Hennig.

Conservation, a restricted stakes winner, should run well after making up ground to finish second at this level in a seven-furlong race. The added distance is a bonus for Conservation.

Personal Touch took advantage of a fast pace and closed from last in an 11-horse field to win a second-level allowance over Pretty Wild at Gulfstream in February.

Mr. Whitestone, the likely pacesetter, is coming off a loss as the favorite at this level.

Go Rockin' Robin is looking for his first win in 11 months, since his six-length victory in the Grade 2 Peter Pan.

Absent Friend completes the field.

Castellano and Fragoso tied for lead

With five days remaining at Aqueduct's spring meet, the jockey and trainer titles are up for grabs.

Following Sunday's card, jockeys Pablo Fragoso and Javier Castellano are tied with 28 winners. Right on their heels are Shaun Bridgmohan (26) and Mike Luzzi (24).

With 17 wins, Gary Contessa has a one-win lead over Richard Dutrow Jr. atop the trainer standings. Bruce Levine and Todd Pletcher are tied for third with 14 winners apiece, one more than Jerkens.

* Aaron Gryder escaped serious injury when his mount, Hyder, was bumped hard in the second race on Saturday. Gryder, who fell heavily to the ground, took off his mounts on Sunday because he was still feeling sore. He is named on three horses on Wednesday.