11/07/2005 12:00AM

Trippi Street home after adventure

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Original Spin, third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, may have a tough rival to contend with next year.

CHICAGO - Original Spin, the Illinois-bred standout 2-year-old filly, is done for the season after finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but it turns out there has been another good horse in the same division stabled at Hawthorne Race Course. Her name is Trippi Street, and with a clean trip she might have won the Pocahontas Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

As it was, Trippi Street rallied from eighth to finish second of 12 in the $120,600 Pocahontas, and that in only the second start of her career. Trippi Street, trained by Wayne Catalano for owners Darrell and Evelyn Yates, had scored a blowout victory in her career debut at Hawthorne. She was beaten by French Park in the one-mile Pocahontas, but while the winner enjoyed a clean trip near the front of the pack, the official chart footnote on Trippi Street's journey reads like an epic Russian novel.

"I think if everything goes well we were the winner, or at least would have made a race out of it," Catalano said. "Everywhere she went, a horse jumped out in front of her and she had to change course."

Trippi Street is back at Hawthorne, and no plans have yet been set for her next start. Catalano said that the Churchill start "was a pretty hard race on her," and that he would give Trippi Street a chance to bounce back before plotting a winter campaign.

"I want her to recuperate from that one, and we'll look at something for her," he said.

Atlantic Frost handles turf stakes

Jockeys at Hawthorne declined to ride on the grass course for Saturday's 10th race, leading to a delay of some 15 minutes before the race eventually was contested on dirt. The riders felt that the course, which had taken some rain Saturday, was unsafe, but track management believed otherwise. Score this one for the local jockey colony.

But before the late switch to dirt, Atlantic Frost turned in an excellent performance winning the Yo Tambien, an overnight grass stakes worth $49,050. With the course rated firm, Atlantic Frost posted a 2 1/4-length win while ridden out to victory, and was timed in a good 1:42.98 for 1 1/16 miles.

Atlantic Frost has now won two straight races since she floundered on a wet course in the Indian Maid Handicap early this meet.

"The grass was just too soft there, and it's clear she doesn't like it super-soft," said trainer Mickey Goldfine.

Atlantic Frost, who is owned by Arthur Appleton, is just 4, but there is talk, Goldfine said, of retiring her sometime this winter.

"We don't know what we'll do yet," he said. "We may look for a stakes race at Tampa, she may become a broodmare, or we may give her a rest and come back next year. I would guess within the next two to three weeks we'd start making decisions about that."

While Atlantic Frost got in one final late-season grass race in Chicago, the standout turf sprinter Nicole's Dream was rained off turf in a Sunday sprint stakes. Nicole's Dream stayed in the race and finished fifth, while Without a Doubt was a sharp 1 3/4-length winner, running five furlongs in 57.16 seconds.

Jim Miller, assistant general manager at Hawthorne, said the track planned to continue carding turf races through Nov. 27, and the Wednesday feature here is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on grass. But that race, the third on a nine-race card, is threatened by rain in the forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday. Whether on turf or dirt, the Wednesday feature lacks real early pace. The Illinois-bred 3-year-old filly Modjadji may be a better horse on dirt than turf, but by default she could wind up loose on a slow pace, giving her an edge on the top closing contenders, Lighthouse Lil and Unusual Syndrome.

* Saturday's Hawthorne card is all about Illinois-breds: There are six $100,000-added stakes on the program.