10/15/2003 11:00PM

Whoop's Ah Daisy leads sprint field


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Sleeters will soon hunker down for the winter, laying up their stable of New Jersey-breds at the family farm in Clementon, N.J.

"We'll just stop racing and rest everybody up," said owner Gerry Sleeter, who works closely with son Kevin, the trainer of the operation.

Before the Sleeter stable heads into hibernation, several objectives are still on the horizon, including the $40,000 Girl Powder Stakes on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.

The Sleeters send out Whoop's Ah Daisy in the six-furlong race, restricted to New Jersey-bred fillies and mares.

After a disappointing summer, Whoop's Ah Daisy turned the corner with a pair of sharp wins at Monmouth and The Meadowlands. She will be one of the key contenders in the Girl Powder, along with Golden Made, who continues her comeback campaign.

Like Whoop's Ah Daisy, Golden Made is a homebred. Trainer Debbie Sones foaled the mare at her farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., and has grown attached to the horse.

"She tries hard wherever she goes," Sones said. "She always runs her race."

A leg injury kept Golden Made away from the races from March until Sept. 27, when she finished second in the Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth.

"I just gave her plenty of time off so she would heal," Sones said. "Her last race really impressed me. She ran a great second."

Mary's Nickle, Niblick, Primary Colors, and Lovely Fiona complete the field.

The Saturday card also features the $40,000 Princeton Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The New Jersey-bred Freedom's Honor carries top weight of 122 pounds in the field of 10.

Sizzling maiden victory sets track record

Red Hot Spot won his maiden here Tuesday afternoon and, in a rare development, set a track record in the process. Chuck Lopez was aboard for trainer Kathleen Demasi as Red Hot Spot, a 4-year-old gelding, set all the fractions in the 5 1/2-furlong race, clocked in 1:02.33.

The horse showed promise right from the start, running second in his debut last November at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.

He did not resurface until Sept. 28, when he came in second at Delaware Park for Demasi.

Jockey Lavoy sidelined after surgery

Jockey Rachel Lavoy will miss the remainder of The Meadowlands meet following surgery this week to remove a screw implanted in her left shoulder to repair a broken collarbone in 2001.

"Because I'm thin, the screw kind of sticks out," said Lavoy, who was the leading apprentice rider at Monmouth in 1999 and 2000. "We didn't talk about how long I'll be out, but I'm guessing about four to six weeks."

Lavoy plans to resume riding at Aqueduct over the winter.

Another Shoemaker milestone

The tributes to late Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker, who died Sunday, have listed his numerous accomplishments over a long and distinguished career. But "the Shoe" also holds a unique bit of Big M history as the only person to both ride and train winners of races worth at least $250,000.

Shoemaker rode Spectacular Bid to victory in the 1979 Meadowlands Cup and trained Diazo, who won the 1993 Pegasus Handicap.

* As often happens this time of year, the Big M will be closed Sunday due to the football game at Giants Stadium. Simulcasting resumes Monday afternoon. Monmouth Park remains open seven days a week for simulcasting.