05/27/2005 11:00PM

Turf debut for 'Moonshine.' Maybe.

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Trainer King Leatherbury is unsure whether Malibu Moonshine will make his turf debut in the Jersey Derby.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Malibu Moonshine could be a very busy horse.

A little more than a week after he ran eighth in the Preakness, Malibu Moonshine may be back in action in the $100,000 Jersey Derby, the Memorial Day feature at Monmouth Park.

, who won the Private Terms and Federico Tesio stakes prior to the Preakness, would be making his grass debut in the 1 1/16-mile Jersey Derby.

"I really don't consider him a turf horse," said trainer King Leatherbury. "We decided to take a look at the race and then we'll make up our minds."

Leatherbury called the Preakness "a little disappointing. Those first two horses ran powerful races but I thought we could be fourth, and, if we got lucky, third."

Leatherbury said Malibu Moonshine came out of the Preakness fine.

This would mark the first time Malibu Moonshine came back on such short rest. His races have generally been spaced about a month apart.

Steve Hamilton has the mount.

While Leatherbury decides, trainer John Hennig is zeroing in on the race with . Spring House's four starts have all come on the grass, including an allowance victory last time out at Churchill Downs.

"That race really impressed [jockey] Gary Stevens," Hennig said. "They were just walking up front, and he was able to run them down."

Aaron Gryder has the ride in the Jersey Derby as Spring House makes his stakes debut.

The Italian-bred Becrux is an intriguing entrant from trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. has compiled a record of 5 wins from 8 starts in a campaign that has stretched from Europe to Dubai. Becrux will run on Lasix for the first time in his North American debut. Joe Bravo will ride.

Completing the field are Storm Thief, Retribution, Argento, Interpatation, Hole in the Head, A to Z, Touched by Madness, Approved by Dylan, Doctor Voodoo, and Call My Bluff.

Doctor Voodoo was entered only for the main track.

Capeside Lady escapes Delaware

Attention to detail is one of the reasons Todd Pletcher is so successful.

Pletcher, the nation's leading trainer in purse earnings, moved quickly once the threat of strangles, a highly contagious upper respiratory disease, hit Delaware Park. Pletcher transferred Capeside Lady from his Delaware barn to his Monmouth division in the nick of time, before Monmouth banned all Delaware horses.

"She got out as soon as Todd heard about the stuff going on," said assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta. "Somebody commented 'That's why the guy you work for is going to be a Hall of Fame trainer.' He was on top of all of that."

The 4-year-old Capeside Lady is one of the top contenders in Monday's $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes for fillies and mares going one mile on the grass.

This will be only the second turf start for Capeside Lady, who scored overpowering wet-track victories here last summer in the Grade 2 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks and the Little Silver Stakes.

Pletcher also has Krasnaya, an allowance winner last time out at Keeneland, in the field. They will race uncoupled in the wagering because of separate ownerships.