04/26/2006 11:00PM

Which Wiggins is going to show up?

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Wiggins cruised in the High Alexander Stakes at Hawthorne last November. He looks vulnerable coming into the Milwaukee Avenue on Saturday.

CHICAGO - If the Wiggins who appeared in Florida this past winter shows up at Hawthorne on Saturday, he is not going to win the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap. But the good Wiggins, the one who won a race of similar quality here last fall, is the one to beat in the $100,000 Illinois-bred stakes race.

The 6-year-old Wiggins, one of eight entered in the 1 1/16-mile Milwaukee Avenue, has made an excellent living beating Illinois-breds. Now 6, Wiggins started off well in the summer of his 2-year-old season, and in five years of racing, he has bankrolled more than $628,000. His owners, a partnership, moved Wiggins from Chicago-based trainer Tony Granitz to Dale Romans last season and experimented with higher-class racing, but after poor performances in graded stakes, it was back to Chicago, back to Hawthorne, and back to the winner's circle for an easy win in the High Alexander Stakes last November.

But Wiggins comes up to this race after three subpar races at Gulfstream Park, and bettors must decide whether another instant revival is at hand. If not, either Air Academy or High Expectations ought to win the Milwaukee Avenue.

Air Academy was no more than a grinding allowance-class horse last year, but he has captured consecutive allowance races at this National Jockey Club meet while looking like a much better horse than ever before.

High Expectations, however, already has proven stakes class. High Expectations finished second to Wiggins last fall in the High Alexander, but might not have been as sharp then as he had been during the Arlington meet. He comes to this race off one six-furlong prep, but trainer Christine Janks thinks High Expectations is ready.

"He's been training exceptionally well," Janks said. "He's always a little on the tubby side, and he's not much of a work horse. He likes to eat, he likes to keep his weight up."

Modjadji brings consistency

In Modjadji, Janks also has what she believes is a live horse for the $100,000 Peach of It Handicap, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

"She's run 10 times and never been worse than second," said Janks. "She had some leg problems last year, and she still did that. She's sounder and healthier and carrying more weight, and I just think we haven't come close to seeing the best of her."

Modjadji will have to run the best race of her life to beat seven rivals, among them Meadow Bride, Toll Taker, and Capistrano. Meadow Bride finished second last out to the Janks-trained Sunset Kisses, but was disadvantaged by a paceless race and should have more speed in front of her Saturday. Meadow Bride won the Illini Princess here last fall, and has won 3 of 4 two-turn starts.

Four-year-old Toll Taker, based on the East Coast with trainer Tim Hills, hasn't come to Chicago since the autumn of her 2-year-old season. But she hasn't needed to, earning good checks in a host of lower-level stakes races on both turf and dirt, and at two turns and one.

"At 3 there were so many good spots, but now that she's older, you have to kind of pick your spots," Hills said. "She travels well, and she's got some versatility."

Rich Fantasy has edge in Lady Hallie

The $100,000 Lady Hallie for 3-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Land of Lincoln for 3-year-old males have the biggest fields in Saturday's stakes sequence: The Lady Hallie has 13 horses, including a coupled entry, while the Land of Lincoln drew a field of 11.

Rich Fantasy might be favored in the Lady Hallie, though there are plenty of other ways to go. Rich Fantasy won the Showtime Deb here last fall, and was beaten a neck in the Dixie Belle at Oaklawn over the winter before finishing fifth in the Martha Washington in her two-turn debut.

"We're going to keep her sprinting for the time being," trainer Ronnie Werner said.

Rolling Sea upset the Pat Whitworth Debutante at 28-1 here last fall, and she has a chance at another long-priced victory again Saturday. Other logical contenders are Taylor Madison and Lampoon.

The Land of Lincoln might have Rochester Cat as a favorite, but Tally Up and Silver Titan, another Werner ship-in, look like potential upsetters.

* Bluesbdancing has won 6 of her 9 career starts, but has lost all three times she has started as the favorite, and favored she will be in the $100,000 Governor's Lady. Bluesbdancing, a two-time stakes winner, comes into the Governor's Lady having easily beaten high-end allowance sprinters in her 2006 debut. Her main rivals Saturday are Pretty Jenny and Denoun and Deverb, winner of the Powerless Handicap over this track last fall.