11/30/2005 1:00AM

Turf refugees head to Florida

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Trainer Jim Cassidy will run Ticker Tape, Noble Masterpiece, and Golden Silk on Saturday, and plans to bring out Moscow Burning.

MIAMI - Hollywood Park's failure to grow grass this season will have a major impact on Calder's upcoming stakes schedule, beginning this weekend when trainer Jim Cassidy sends in three members of his stable to compete on Saturday's Grand Slam I card.

Cassidy will saddle Grade 1 winner Ticker Tape in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap, former claimer Noble Masterpiece in the Grade 3 , and Grade 2-placed Golden Silk in the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. He also plans to have Moscow Burning here for the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap on the Grand Slam II program Dec. 17.

"The fact there's no turf at Hollywood is pretty much the reason I'm coming," Cassidy said by phone from Santa Anita on Wednesday morning. "It's also the reason I've been to Maryland and up to northern California recently as well."

Cassidy is looking for big performances from all three of his runners on the Grand Slam I card, especially Ticker Tape, who is seeking her first victory since winning last year's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland nearly 14 months ago.

"In all likelihood I'd have left Ticker Tape in California for the Matriarch if the turf course was open back home," said Cassidy. "She tied up a few days before her last start, the WinStar Galaxy, which is why she didn't run any good. Before that she was doing the best I've seen her all year, and since returning to California she has continued to do super, so I expect a good effort for her Saturday."

Cassidy claimed Noble Masterpiece for $40,000 on July 22 at Del Mar but has had nothing but bad luck with him ever since.

"I haven't been lucky with him yet, but he's training super and is no $40,000 horse now," said Cassidy. "The main thing with this horse is that he's got to race outside other horses. He's just too hard to ride on the inside. But if he gets the right trip he should be right there.

"I'm always looking for as much distance with him as I can find, so if he runs well Saturday I'll probably just leave him there for the McKnight in two weeks."

The Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap will be run at 1 1/2 miles on Dec. 17.

Cassidy said he would have preferred to have kept Golden Silk on grass after she finished third in her turf debut last month at Santa Anita. But with that option gone in Southern California for the time being, Cassidy opted to switch her back to dirt for the Three Ring.

"She proved he can handle the main track when finishing third in the Oak Leaf, this race came up with a short field, and she's doing fine," said Cassidy.

Hotstufanthensome, the 118-pound highweight for the Tropical Turf, tuned up for the race by working one mile in 1:43.60 over the main track here Wednesday for trainer Norman Pointer. Hotstufanthensome, a 5-year-old son of Awesome Again, is coming off the best performance of his career, a 14 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Handicap at The Meadowlands on Oct. 22.

* Chantal Sutherland, a two-time Sovereign Award winner in her native Canada, will make her Calder debut aboard first-time starter Greeleylikealady in Friday's eighth race. Sutherland, 29, was Canada's leading apprentice in 2001 and 2002.

* Rupert's Prospect will bring a two-race win streak into Friday's main event, a third-level optional claiming and allowance dash for fillies and mares. Rupert's Prospect returned from a six-month layoff and won her last two starts by a combined 10 lengths. She'll face a group that includes stakes winners Running Bobcats, Babaganush, and Lady in Pink.