08/05/2003 11:00PM

Supah Blitz to try West Virginia Derby


MIAMI - Supah Blitz will attempt to do The Judge Sez Who one better when he journeys to Mountaineer Park for Saturday's Grade 3 West Virginia Derby.

Locally based The Judge Sez Who finished second, beaten a neck by Wiseman's Ferry, in the 2002 West Virginia Derby.

Supah Blitz has won two straight races since returning from a brief layoff following his 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

A son of Mecke, Supah Blitz captured a second-level allowance race on grass against older horses July 1 in his first start after the Derby and won the $50,000 Roman Brother Stakes here on July 26.

The Roman Brother was moved from the turf to the main track due to rain.

"I thought we'd take a shot for that kind of money," said trainer Manny Tortora, explaining his decision to send Supah Blitz to the West Virginia Derby.

Cornelio Velasquez, who rode Supah Blitz to victory over the turf on July 1, will travel from Saratoga to Mountaineer to ride on Saturday.

As for The Judge Sez Who, a two-time graded stakes winner, he is recuperating from a knee injury and will be pointed toward a fall and winter campaign.

Two Florida Stallion Stakes draw 17

Nine colts and eight fillies were entered to run Saturday in the opening divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The six-furlong Dr. Fager and its filly counterpart, the Desert Vixen, each carry a purse of $75,000.

The undefeated Sir Oscar, winner of the Criterium Stakes on July 5, tops the lineup for the Dr. Fager while For All Who Dream, upset winner of the J j'dreamstakes on June 28, will likely be favored against a wide-open field in the Desert Vixen.

Ms Brookski targets Shocker T.

Ms Brookski finished a troubled fourth behind Chispiski in Sunday's Kimscountrydiamond Stakes while making her first local appearance in over 18 months.

Ms Brookski won the Three Ring Stakes here as a 2-year-old in 2001 and the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream the following winter. She was sold privately shortly after the Davona Dale by Phil Combest and his father, Reed, to Gary Tanaka. But after four subpar performances, Tanaka sent the daughter of Montbrook back to the Combests for a Florida campaign.

"I was pleased with the way she ran first time back," said Phil Combest, an assistant trainer for his father. "She went well and held the turn nicely. All in all the race was a good tightener for her."

Combest said the main goal for Ms Brookski during the meet is the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 11.

"We'll definitely look for at least one more race for her between now and the Shocker T.," said Combest.

Chispiski's victory in the Kimscountrydiamond was her first in three starts this year and signaled she is back on top of her game following a six-month vacation earlier in the year. Chispiski, who is trained by Ron Spatz, was arguably the leader of the local filly and mare sprint division in 2002, winning eight races and finishing worse than second just once in 12 starts.

Tv Sports Director, Pah edge on turf

The weatherman may have the biggest say in the outcome of Friday's $30,000 allowance feature, scheduled at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

If the race stays on grass, Tv Sports Director and Pah should hold the edge. Tv Sports Director, beaten a neck in a division of the 7 1/2-furlong Blazing Sword Stakes earlier in the meet, stretches out to a more suitable distance, while Pah returns to the allowance ranks after matching his career best Beyer Speed Figure finishing seventh behind winner Mr. Livingston in the Nijinsky Secret Stakes on July 25.

Should the race come off the turf, Patriotic Flame, King Cassia, and D J's Hope might vie for favoritism. Patriotic Flame is already a stakes winner at the meet on dirt, having won the Royal Glint at a mile May 31.

* Hopefortheroses, a half-brother to the two-time Grade 1 winner Hal's Hope, earned his diploma at second asking on Sunday, defeating maiden special weight company going a mile. Like Hal's Hope, Hopefortheroses is a son of the multiple-stakes-winning mare Mia's Hope, and is owned and trained by Harold Rose.

* The jockeys' decision not to ride the last four races on Tuesday's card due to severe electrical storms in the area conjured up memories of one of the darkest days in track history. Twenty years ago, jockey Nick Navarro was killed instantly after being struck by lightning while returning to the changing quarters after weighing out following the running of a race.