10/24/2003 11:00PM

Things come up Rose at two tracks


It's impossible to be in two places at the same time, but jockey Jeremy Rose managed to win the feature race at two racetracks some 90 miles apart in the same afternoon.

Roughly 3 1/2 hours after winning the Cordially Stakes at Delaware Park on the odds-on favorite, Shiny Sheet, Rose rode Lady of the Future to her first victory in 14 months in the $55,000 Waya Stakes at Laurel Park.

Rose was able to accomplish his unusual daily double because Delaware ran its six races earlier than usual, starting at 10:45 a.m. That gave him enough time to make the trip to Maryland for the Waya, which was run as the ninth of Laurel's 10 races.

The 5-year-old Lady of the Future ($12), trained by Thomas Greene, defeated Lady Linda, the 8-5 favorite in a field of 11 fillies and mares. Lady of the Future won by 1 1/2 lengths, despite clipping heels and stumbling coming out of the gate. She covered 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.78.

Lady of the Future had not won since winning the Quill Stakes at Delaware in August 2002. She came into the Waya 0 for 6 this season, but had been mostly competing against graded stakes runners.

Mario Pino was Laurel's riding star of the day, winning six races. He threatened to win a seventh when he put 13-1 longshot Starry De on the lead in the Waya and kept her in front until Lady of the Future passed her in the stretch. Starry De tired badly in the final furlong to finish seventh.

Delaware: Shiny Sheet, easily

Shiny Sheet, heavily favored after five scratches reduced the field to five horses and four betting interests, drew off to a 3 3/4-length victory over previously unbeaten Smooth Maneuvers in the $58,700 Cordially Stakes at Delaware Park.

A 5-year-old mare trained by Charles Hadry Jr., Shiny Sheet ($3.80) stalked dueling leaders Smooth Maneuvers and Blue Hills through a half-mile in 49.37 seconds and six furlongs in 1:14.29. Rose steered Shiny Sheet from the rail to make a three-wide move entering the second turn, where she quickly took command in the upper stretch and was hand-ridden to the wire. She covered a mile on a fast track in 1:39.16.

Smooth Maneuvers, a 3-year-old filly who had won in sprints in her first three career starts, held on well to take second, two lengths ahead of Blue Hills.