05/26/2002 11:00PM

Three bombs connect in Jersey Derby


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Emergency Status, the longest shot in the field at 55-1, set slow fractions on the lead in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park, and had more than enough left in the tank down the stretch to win his first graded stakes by three lengths.

Jose Ferrer was slated to ride the Derek Ryan-trained Emergency Status, but he fell from his mount, Gotta Be a Star, in the sixth race and was taken to the hospital. Roberto Alvarado picked up the mount, and at the start of the race, guided Emergency Status to the lead on a fast turf course that had two wire-to-wire winners earlier in the day.

Emergency Status ($112.20) maintained a head lead until the final turn, where he opened up by nearly three lengths and was never threatened. He covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:42.26 before a crowd of 16,824. Kris's Prayer, 34-1 shot, was second, a neck ahead of 14-1 Rapadash triggering an exacta payoff of $1,256.80 and a trifecta of $18,877.

Favored Run to Victory and second-choice Mr. O'Brien ran sixth and seventh, respectively.

Emergency Status had two previous lifetime victories, one coming in a stakes at The Meadowlands in October. He had not won in the five races since that victory.

"I was pretty confident going into the race, and I couldn't believe his price," Ryan said. "That was the most surprising thing of all."

Ferrer was taken to Monmouth Medical Center for precautionary X-rays after falling from his mount out of the gate. He suffered a contusion of the right hip, but reportedly did not sustain any serious injuries.

* Southern Fiction ($14.60) gave trainer Vicki Oliver her second stakes victory of the Memorial Day weekend, winning the $50,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile. Southern Fiction, ridden by Jose Velez Jr., crossed the wire in 1:39.27 over a fast track, finishing 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Unrestrained. Away was third. Oliver said that Southern Fiction would be pointed to the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Handicap here June 29.

* In the seventh race, a $45,000 money allowance on the turf that drew a graded-stakes caliber field, the Christophe Clement-trained Revved Up ($13.80) went wire to wire to defeat Eltawaasul by 1 1/2 lengths, covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.85. Dr. Kashnikow, winner of the Grade 2 Fourstardave at Saratoga and the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs last year, ran sixth as the 4-5 favorite.