10/22/2007 12:00AM

Talented but fragile Chatain aims for Sports Page

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Angel Penna Jr. will have two runners in Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park. It wasn't too long ago that he thought he was going to have three.

Had he not been plagued so many minor setbacks, Chatain would have been a major contender for Friday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Instead, Penna is hoping that he can run the talented son of Forestry in Saturday's $150,000 Sport Page Handicap at Aqueduct. The Grade 3 Sport Page, run at seven furlongs, is the local prep for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile run on Nov. 24.

Penna has learned the hard way not to make any long-range plans with Chatain. The colt has missed such big races this year as the Metropolitan Handicap and the Forego due to ankle and foot problems. Monday, Chatain worked a solid five furlongs in 1:00.64 over Belmont's main track and, provided there are no issues between now and Saturday, he will run in the Sport Page.

"He's doing great again, it's just a matter now of getting there,'' Penna said. "Hopefully, he doesn't read the paper.''

Chatain began the year with a head victory over Sir Greeley - one of his Sport Page foes - in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap at Gulfstream. After finishing fourth to Invasor in the Donn Handicap, Chatain ran eighth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Ben Ali over Keeneland's Polytrack. After missing the Met Mile due to ankle issues, Chatain won a third-level allowance race at Saratoga that was going to be a prep for the Forego.

But Chatain bruised his foot in his last work for the Forego and was forced to miss that race and a chance at the Breeders' Cup. Monday's move was Chatain's fifth breeze since Sept.o23.

With the majority of high-profile riders at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Chatain will be ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn in the Sport Page.

Also pointing to the Sport Page are Awesome Twist, Council Member (who breezed four furlongs in 49.73 seconds Monday morning at Belmon), Premium Wine, and Sir Greeley. Sir Greeley, who won a starter allowance last out after being sidelined with an injury, worked a bullet four furlongs in 47.08 seconds over Belmont's training track Monday.

Contessa suspended 15 days

Trainer Gary Contessa began serving a 15-day suspension on Monday after one of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Contessa was also fined $2,000. The suspension was reduced from 30 days because of special circumstances associated with the case and for Contessa waiving his right of appeal.

Wild Vicar, who finished second in the first race at Belmont on July 20, was found to have lidocaine in his urine, though it did not show up in his blood. According to the stewards, during the course of the state's investigation, it was discovered that the origin of the lidocaine came from an assistant who was using a product containing aloe vera and lidocaine.

Wild Vicar was disqualified from second and ordered unplaced in the order of finish.

Contessa, who is the leading trainer in New York in terms of races won, will be denied the privileges of the grounds through Nov. 5. Horses that formerly ran under his name will do so in that of Kim Jackson, formerly Laudati.

Bob Klesaris quits training

When Crispy Cat went gate to wire to win the first race at the Meadowlands on Saturday night it marked the 2,236th and final career victory for trainer Bob Klesaris.

Klesaris, 54, has decided to quit training and will become the agent for jockey Rosie Napravnik, 19, who is scheduled to return to race-riding on Oct. 31. Napravnik, who was a finalist for the 2006 Eclipse Award as the nation's leading apprentice, will ride at Laurel Park, where last year she won a meet-best 99 races during the winter.

"I was ready for it,'' Klesaris said. "I didn't have the bullets to fire anymore, just tired of the grind. I see a future with her; she has a chance to go to the next level. She's young and she's off a layoff and the timing was right to try something like this.''

Klesaris, the older brother of trainer Steve Klesaris, won training titles at Aqueduct, Belmont, Suffolk, Rockingham, Monmouth Park, and the Meadowlands. He won 54 stakes during his career with the likes of Vinnie the Viper, Passing Ships, Parochial, Embracing, and Astrapi.

Napravnik has been sidelined since July 6, when she broke her left wrist and the pinkie finger on her right hand in a spill. She has been getting on horses for almost a week.