09/29/2002 11:00PM

Which one is the right angle?


ELMONT, N.Y. - Second off a layoff. Turf to dirt. Hot barn. Stretch outs. Turn backs.

There are angles for almost every handicapper trying to come up with the winner of Wednesday's featured third-level allowance race at Belmont Park. A field of seven was entered for the one-mile dirt race.

On Aug. 11 at Saratoga, Kingsland was sent off at 6-5 in a seven-furlong allowance race at this level. After showing brief speed, Kingsland faded to last in the four-horse field.

That was Kingsland's first race since Jan. 10, and trainer Todd Pletcher said it was typical of how the 4-year-old filly performs off long layoffs. Nevertheless, Kingsland has rebounded with solid efforts second time out as she did here last Oct. 13 winning an entry-level allowance race by 3 1/2 lengths following a 12-length loss in her previous start.

"She usually improves with a race under her belt,'' Pletcher said. "She's run well at Belmont in the past and we're hoping that cycle of improving second time out continues.''

Kingsland could be the controlling speed under John Velazquez.

Trainer Christophe Clement said he has enough turf fillies and would like to develop one to compete at a high level on dirt. He's hoping Julie Jalouse could fit the bill.

A 4-year-old daughter of Kris S., Julie Jalouse won the Grade 2 Orchid over Gulfstream Park's turf course in March. While preparing for the Sheepshead Bay Handicap in June, Julie Jalouse got loose and fell on the road, scraping herself pretty badly.

She returned to action on Aug. 26 where a combination of lack of fitness and a yielding turf course resulted in a ninth-place finish in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap.

"She's always trained very well on dirt, I want to try her,'' Clement said. "Unless you try them once, you don't know. I've got many, many turf fillies. I don't have a dirt filly.''

Trainer Bill Mott is probably hoping a return to dirt helps out Four Pennies. A 3-year-old daughter of Gulch, Four Pennies won the Cut the Charm Stakes going a mile at Calder in the spring for Manny Tortora. Four Pennies has dropped two turf decisions for Mott.

Bruce Levine went 4-3-0 from nine starters last week. Wednesday, he sends out Svea Dahl, who has sandwiched two second-place finishes at this level around a high-priced claiming victory at Saratoga. She is 0 for 2 at a mile, however.

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