11/13/2002 12:00AM

Uriah has a familiar look about her


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Owner Gary Tanaka and trainer Harro Remmert hope for history to repeat itself Saturday when they send out Uriah, a 3-year-old German-bred filly, in the Grade 2, $150,000 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct.

In 2000, Tanaka and Remmert captured the Long Island with Moonlady, another 3-year-old German-bred filly, who won at odds of 12-1 when the race was rained off the turf and run over a muddy main track.

Gesella Remmert, Harro's wife and translator, said Wednesday from Germany that Uriah would be better suited if the race is run over soft turf, which is likely to be the case.

Uriah, a winner of 4 of 6 starts, does not bring as strong a rŽsumŽ to the Long Island as Moonlady did two years ago. Moonlady had won 6 of 8 starts, including three group races in Germany. The Long Island was the only race she won in North America.

Uriah has won four races, but only two listed stakes. In September, Uriah finished third in the Group 2 Deutsches St. Leger, a race Moonlady won by four lengths in 2000.

"Uriah is a little smaller than Moonlady was," Gesella Remmert said. "Moonlady was the better of the two fillies, but Uriah is developing."

Tanaka purchased Uriah on Nov. 1, two days before she won the $49,800 Frankfurter Stutenpreis at Frankfurt by three lengths.

Because of quarantine restrictions, Uriah must return to Germany after the Long Island Handicap, but will then return to the U.S. in December. She will run in either the La Prevoyante at Calder on Dec. 28 or the San Gorgonio at Santa Anita on Jan. 12. She will then remain in this country to race as a 4-year-old with either trainer Don Burke in California or one of Tanaka's East Coast trainers.

On Saturday, Norberto Arroyo Jr. will ride Uriah, who gets in with a feathery 112 pounds. Heading the field for the 12-furlong Long Island are Mot Juste, Moon Queen, and Sulk.

Lezcano set for return

Lorenzo Lezcano, who was the leading rider at the 2001-02 inner-track meet while an apprentice, is ready to return to action here either this weekend or next week, according to agent Jose Rivera.

Lezcano, 21, has not ridden in the U.S. since late March, following the end of his apprenticeship. While serving 20 days' worth of careless-riding suspensions, Lezcano returned to his native Panama where he was involved in an automobile accident in which he broke his left arm.

After the arm healed, Lezcano had problems clearing a return to the U.S. because of a lawsuit stemming from the accident. But Lezcano did return to race-riding in Panama, where he won 12 races, according to Rivera.

Lezcano came to the U.S. in July 2001 and rode his first winner, 17-1 shot Glitter Lad, on Aug. 9 at Saratoga. He was the leading apprentice at the Saratoga, Belmont fall, and Aqueduct fall meetings before winning the inner-track title with 70 wins.

Ubiquity working his way back

Ubiquity, upset winner of last year's Grade 2 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, is getting ready for a winter campaign in New York. On Tuesday, he breezed a mile in 1:41.27 over Belmont Park's main track.

Trainer James Bond is shopping for a spot for Ubiquity. Ubiquity has not run since finishing third as the favorite in the April 20 National Jockey Club Handicap at Sportsman's Park. In his only other start this year, Ubiquity finished 13th in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream.

"I don't think he's a hot-weather horse," Bond said Wednesday from Payson Park in Florida. "He suffered heat stroke in the Donn Handicap last year. We gave him the summer off and hoped to have him ready by Nov. 1. I think he's doing well. He worked very well up there the other day and he should be a handy horse to have in the wintertime."

Bond said the Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 7 is a possible spot for Ubiquity.

Peitz is New Orleans bound

Trainer Dan Peitz, who upset Belmont's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap with Green Fee, this weekend will ship the 6-year-old horse and the rest of his 20-horse stable to New Orleans, where he will be stabled at the Fair Grounds for the winter.

Peitz said there are three turf stakes for Green Fee to run in at Fair Grounds: the $75,000 Col. E.R. Bradley on Jan. 5, the $150,000 Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup Stakes on Feb. 1, and the Grade 2, $700,000 Explosive Bid Handicap on March 23.

Peitz said he has picked up a few horses for Shadwell Stable, including a couple with solid pedigrees that have yet to pan out on the track.

"One of these days I'll get one of those horses with pedigree that's just a horse, and I'll push the right button and I'll end up with something that's not just a horse," Peitz said.