10/16/2007 11:00PM

Wade hopes to follow Talamo's example

EmailSTICKNEY, Ill. - Lyndie Wade, age 16, was galloping horses and dreaming of becoming a jockey last year at Louisiana Downs when another teenager, name of Joe Talamo, began winning races in bunches there.

"He won about 30 races at Shreveport, and I was like, 'Man, I want to be like that kid,'" Wade said.

Talamo's story is about one in a million. He went from Louisiana Downs to Fair Grounds, was leading rider, and has made a major splash in Southern California. But now, Wade is getting his chance, too. Wade took out his license last April, rode at Louisiana Downs for a spell, and now has shifted his tack to Hawthorne, where he can take full advantage of his five-pound apprentice allowance.

Louisiana Downs is racing just three days per week now, and an apprentice allowance is good only for a set period of time - Wade's is up in July - so Wade came to Chicago, where five-day-a-week racing will make full use of his "bug."

"Shane Laviolette called me up and told me about the kid," said Jay Fedor, Wade's agent and house-mate. "I watched him ride about three races, and that's all I needed to see."

Wade knew not a soul when he came to Chicago, his first time out of Louisiana. Like Talamo, he hails from the New Orleans area and grew up around the racetrack. At 14, he began galloping for the trainer Paul Murphy, and though Wade passed on bush-track racing, he has gotten an early start nonetheless. His business here has been steady so far, and figures to improve. Through Sunday, Wade had three wins, and had gotten opportunities with some major outfits. He said he plans to finish out the Hawthorne meet, then return to Louisiana - and get to work on finishing 12th grade.

Ness makes an early splash

The trainer Jamie Ness didn't just come to Hawthorne and dip his toe in the water. Spending his first meet in Chicago, Ness has come out running - and winning. When Thong View won the third race here on Wednesday, it gave Ness seven wins for the meet, good for third in the trainer standings. And it's not just victories. Ness has started 32 horses so far, near the top among trainers, and last week alone he had four horses claimed from him. That lost stock will quickly be replaced; as a claiming trainer, Ness's stable is in constant flux.

"There's always a turnover," said Ness, who has added Hawthorne this year to his regular circuit of Canterbury and Tampa Bay. "I've got blue-collar horses and blue-collar owners."

Ness had a strong Canterbury meet, but that dirt track, which is hard and plays fast, has a much different set of demands than Hawthorne, where the surface is deep and laboring.

"You'd better have a horse that's fit here," said Ness, "but I do pretty good at Tampa, which is the same kind of thing, and I do keep my horses pretty fit."

Many of Ness's horses appeared to need their first race over the Hawthorne strip before moving forward to win. But one horse who ran poorly, stable star Lookinforthesecret, isn't going to get a second chance.

Lookinforthesecret finished seventh in a turf-sprint race here two racing weeks ago, an uncharacteristic performance from a horse who had been rock-solid all year.

"I wish I had an excuse for him, but I didn't," Ness said. "He's going to go to the farm, and we'll have him back at Tampa. I think he was trying to tell us it was time for a break."

Miss Macy Sue on site for the Cup

Hawthorne's Breeders' Cup hope, Miss Macy Sue, took a van from Chicago to New Jersey on Tuesday, and was bedded down on the Monmouth Park backstretch Tuesday night, trainer Kelly Von Hemel said.

"She shipped fine, everything went good," Von Hemel said.

Von Hemel said that Miss Macy Sue, who races in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint, will work a half-mile on Monday, then gallop into the race. Chicago rider Eddie Razo, who has the mount in the Breeders' Cup, will fly in to breeze Miss Macy Sue.

Not just a two-horse race

Friday's featured sixth race is a third-level allowance with a $40,000 claiming option, but while the race is carded for turf, heavy rain forecast to hit the area on Thursday could easily move it to the main track.

The top two finishers - Dynareign and Snapphok - from a race at the same class level here Sept. 28 return on Friday, but this nine-horse field goes deeper than those two.

Scaramouche, who was a close fourth in that same race, could improve this time, while Proud And Bold makes his first start since wining his second straight Arlington race on Aug. 19. El Indy won a second-level turf allowance on the Hawthorne course in his most recent start, and Lacer came home well in a $25,000 Hawthorne turf-claiming victory.

* The 10-pound apprentice rider Inez Karlsson had one win at the meet entering Wednesday's races, but swept the early double on Shipmate ($6) and Palm Breeze ($6.40).