08/20/2003 11:00PM

Trademark seeks repeat performance

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trademark, the dominant, perfect-trip winner of the Bernard Baruch earlier in the meet, will need a similar performance against a stronger field to take Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap, one of three supporting graded stakes on the Travers undercard.

His competition includes War Zone, who beat Trademark in the Poker at Belmont, as well as graded winners Quest Star, Patrol, Union Place, Tap the Admiral, Finality, Rouvres, Political Attack, and Rock Slide. Tam's Terms, the only non-graded winner in the field, is 6 for 6 on turf.

Trademark was outfinished by War Zone in the July 5 Poker Handicap at Belmont. But that was Trademark's first start in three months, and he was beaten only a half-length. Trademark, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, came back to romp in the Bernard Baruch, which was moved from the outer to the inner turf course. The Fourstardave is run on the outer course.

"He's a big horse, and when they moved the race from the outer turf to the inner turf I was worried how he was going to run around the turns," said Richard Migliore, Trademark's jockey. "Then he ran around there like a little horse. He ran a big race. If he runs that race back, it'll be fun."

War Zone, trained by Bobby Frankel, has not run beyond one mile. His worst race came in the Grade 1 Shoemaker, the only previous time he raced around two turns.

Patrol was beaten 14 lengths in the Bernard Baruch Handicap. But he is 4 for 4 at 1 1/16 miles and figures to getter firmer ground than he had in the Baruch. Quest Star upset Patrol in last year's National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes and should also appreciate turning back to 1 1/16 miles.

Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup

At one time, trainer Bobby Frankel said he didn't know who was the better filly, Heat Haze or Sea of Showers.

With her win in the Grade 1 Beverly D. last weekend at Arlington Park, Heat Haze might have answered that question, but Sea of Showers gets a chance to respond in Saturday's $200,000-added Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Sea of Showers is among eight fillies and mares entered in the Grade 3 Ballston Spa, a 1 1/16-mile grass race. Nonsuch Bay was entered main-track only.

Sea of Showers, who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, hasn't raced since winning the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland on April 13.

"She's got a real good turn of foot," said Frankel, who won this race last year with Surya, when it was run on the main track. "The good thing about her is that she relaxes so well."

Snow Dance, upset winner of the New York Handicap at Belmont earlier in the summer, leaped in the air at the start of the Diana on July 26 and trailed the field for much of the race. She finished seventh, beaten 3 1/2 lengths.

"I like her closer to the pace," said Donna Ward, who assists her husband, trainer John Ward. "She doesn't like to be last."

Richard Migliore rides Snow Dance from post 6.

Wonder Again, who won the Lake Placid here last year, is looking for her first win of the year. Wonder Again's trainer, Jim Toner, shoulders the blame for her fifth-place finish in her last start, the Diana.

"I didn't do enough with her to get her ready," Toner said. "She came up a little flat. I put more into her this time. She came back and worked on the dirt and got a lot out of it."

- Karen M. Johnson

Victory Ride

Fifteen 3-year-old fillies were entered in the $75,000-added Victory Ride Stakes. The six-furlong race features graded winners Chimichurri and Belong to Sea.

Chimichurri will represent the meet's leading trainer and jockey, Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez. She is coming off a poor effort in the Grade 1 Test but meets a softer group here. Chimichurri drew post 5.

Belong to Sea has been freshened since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 4. In the spring, Belong to Sea reeled off three consecutive wins, including a head decision over Chimichurri in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness.

Javier Castellano rides Belong to Sea from post 10.

Follow Me Home has won her last four starts and had a very good work at Monmouth Park on Aug. 16. She covered five furlongs in 1:00.40, the fastest of 20 works at the distance.

Considering her early speed, Follow Me Home drew a difficult post - 11.

- Karen M. Johnson