11/10/2005 12:00AM

Unbridled Sidney has spot reserved this time

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Isla Cozzene, winning the Hawthorne Oaks, is favored in the Mrs. Revere.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The last time Ronny Werner tried to run Unbridled Sidney, the filly never made it off an also-eligibles list. That was last month in the Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, a 5 1/2-furlong turf race that drew an overflow of horses and left Werner frustrated to no end.

But when the $70,800 Pent Up Kiss is run on the Mrs. Revere undercard Saturday at Churchill Downs, Unbridled Sidney will be there with bells on.

In a breathtaking performance on closing weekend of the Churchill spring meet, Unbridled Sidney lowered the turf-course record by speeding away to a huge lead - then forgetting to stop. Her time of 55.54 seconds left many people shaking their heads in amazement, including Werner.

No wonder, then, that Werner has been eager to get Unbridled Sidney back in action. The classification of filly-mare turf sprinters is a niche with limited opportunities, which explains why Unbridled Sidney has raced just once since July. Unbridled Sidney finished third as the odds-on favorite in a Grade 3 handicap on Aug. 1 at Woodbine.

"Obviously there aren't a lot of places to run a filly like this if you intend to keep her doing what she does best," said Werner.

A 4-year-old Unbridled's Song filly, Unbridled Sidney will be ridden by Robby Albarado and will start as the 122-pound highweight when breaking from post 2.

Thirteen were entered for the Pent Up Kiss, but only 12 can start, which presents an interesting epilogue to what happened to Unbridled Sidney in the Franklin County. There is just one horse on the also-eligible list Saturday, but this one certainly seems to belong there. She is Heat Onthe Rise, a maiden trained by Naseem Rauf, whose record of futility is approaching epic proportions. The last time Rauf sent out a winner was in 1990, a losing streak that encompasses at least 300 races.

Heat Onthe Rise was assigned just 100 pounds on the list of handicap weights.

Canani made right decision

After winning the Oct. 15 Hawthorne Oaks in her last start, Isla Cozzene is one of the logical favorites in the Mrs. Revere, especially with leading rider Rafael Bejarano taking the call from trainer Nick Canani. But her past performances might have looked much different if Canani had left her in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup the same day at Keeneland.

"We asked to be invited to the QEII, but it looked like we'd be the longest shot, so we went to Hawthorne," said Canani. "The good thing is our defection didn't keep anybody else out, and they had a good race at Keeneland. And obviously things worked out well for us, too."

Weight no burden for Toups

When trainer George S. Bush (no relation to the current president) opted for a late rider change on Are You Saved in the first race Thursday, he sought out Randall Toups, a 16-year-old apprentice who under normal circumstances would compete with a seven-pound allowance.

When an apprentice is named as a replacement for a journeyman after time of entry, however, the weight allowance cannot be claimed. Toups replaced Vernon Bush and was part of the 118-pound package, instead of 111, aboard Are You Saved.

No matter. Are You Saved rallied through a rail opening in deep stretch to post the biggest upset at the meet, returning $190.20 to win and triggering huge exotics payoffs.

Toups also won the fifth race Thursday with a rail-skimming ride on Tisawink, a 16-1 shot.

Ellis targets Wednesday to reopen

Officials at Ellis Park have targeted Wednesday as the reopening date for its simulcasting operations. Located in Henderson, Ky., the track incurred major damage early Sunday, when a tornado tore through the local area. Although several buildings and about 10 barns were destroyed, the section used for simulcasting was not affected. An architecture and construction firm confirmed the standing section as structurally safe earlier this week, said Ellis officials.

Meanwhile, work crews continue to clean up the substantial damage on track grounds. No dollar figure on damages has been released yet by officials at Churchill Downs Inc., which owns the track.

Jockeys change winter plans

With Fair Grounds closed because of Hurricane Katrina, jockeys who normally ride at the New Orleans tracks have been forced to change plans for the winter. Among those with altered schedules are Robby Albarado, Corey Lanerie, and Larry Melancon, all of whom will ride at the abbreviated Louisiana Downs meet after Churchill ends Nov. 26.

Among the other winter plans confirmed: Bejarano, Mike Smith, Mark Guidry, Shawn Bridgmohan, and Brice Blanc will ride at Gulfstream Park, and Eddie Martin Jr. will ride at Turfway Park.