08/29/2001 11:00PM

Weekend was poetry for Motion


Broken Vow's victory in the $350,000 Iselin Handicap was the biggest win of the weekend for trainer Graham Motion. What made the day even more special was his feat of going 4 for 4 at two different tracks.

In addition to winning the Grade 2 Iselin at Monmouth Park, Motion scored with all three horses he ran on last Sunday's card at Delaware Park.

"I've never been 4 for 4 in a day before. Things like that just don't happen," said Motion, who has 16 winners in 78 starts at Delaware this season.

"It's so hard to win four races in a week or two weeks, and to win four in a day is pretty gratifying, especially those type of races."

Motion's first winner Sunday at Delaware came in the third race with 3-year-old filly Costly Crown. In her first start going long and on the turf, Costly Crown won by a half-length in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles. Since the turf experiment was a success, Motion said she will probably continue racing on that surface.

"She is a half to Almost Saintly, who was stakes-placed on the turf, so we will probably keep Costly Crown on the grass," Motion said.

"I actually only ran her on the grass because there was no dirt race coming up and I really wanted to run her. So we were just trying her on it."

Motion connected again in the fifth race with another 3-year-old filly, West Is West, who was making her first start in seven months. Ridden by Mark Johnston, West Is West romped by 10 1/4 lengths in a six-furlong maiden race.

West Is West had not run since finishing 12th, beaten 26 lengths, at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. Minor surgery and some time off has made West Is West a much-improved filly.

"We did throat surgery on her," Motion said. "She showed an immense amount of ability last year and just didn't get it together in the afternoon. Since we did the minor throat surgery on her, it seems to have really helped her, and the time off has helped her a lot as well. I think it has given her time to mature. I knew she had that kind of ability, but she just needed to put it together in the afternoon."

Motion's third winner came in the sixth race with a 3-year-old colt named He's a Knockout. Ridden by Mike McCarthy, He's a Knockout defeated allowance horses by three lengths to improve his record to 3-1-1 in six starts.

Motion is leaning toward running He's a Knockout against stakes company in his next outing. The Maryland Million at Pimlico is a possibility.

Rizzo ready for Owners Day

Two horses trained by Paul Rizzo - Scottish Halo and Superduper Miss - are pointing for stakes on the Sept. 8 Owners Day program here.

Scottish Halo, a former Kentucky Derby prospect after winning the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity in the fall of 1999, is being pointed toward the $75,000 Owners Day Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. In his only start this year, the 4-year-old Scottish Halo was unplaced in an allowance.

"He's doing very good, and I'm very happy with him," Rizzo said. "He has time for two more works. We are going to work him right into the race with a prep." Superduper Miss, a 5-year-old mare, is being pointed for the Grade 3, $150,000 Endine Stakes at six furlongs. Superduper Miss is 4 for 4 in her career on Delaware's main track. She won both the Endine and Sweet Sassy Stakes last year, and this season she won the Light Hearted Stakes on July 22.

In her most recent start, Superduper Miss ran second to Xtra Heat in the seven-furlong, $125,000 Straight Deal Breeders' Cup at Pimlico on Aug. 8.

Superduper Miss currently leads the filly and mare sprint division of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series with 22 points and is third in the overall rankings.

* Trainer Brent Sumja is pointing Giant Gentleman, who is 3 for 4 in his career, for the Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby. That 1 1/8-mile race at Thistledown will be run on Sept. 29. The $300,000 Indiana Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race to be run at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6, is also an option.