07/23/2007 12:00AM

Wildeyed Dreamer going back to a single turn


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Two turns were too much for Wildeyed Dreamer in the Charles Town Dash Handicap.

Wildeyed Dreamer carried a four-race winning streak into the seven-furlong stakes on July 4. He was never a factor, finishing a soundly beaten sixth.

"He didn't handle the turns," said trainer Scott Lake. "The jock said he was trying to bolt both turns."

Wildeyed Dreamer, 4, gets a chance to regroup in a one-turn sprint Wednesday at Monmouth Park in a $45,000 allowance optional claiming race at six furlongs.

Four of the five runners, including Wildeyed Dreamer, carry the $50,000 claiming price.

"He came back from the race good," Lake said. "He just didn't really try."

The four-race winning streak began immediately after Lake claimed Wildeyed Dreamer for $18,000 at Philadelphia Park on March 24. His last victory before the Charles Town race was a nose victory in Monmouth's Longfellow Stakes on June 9.

"He ran a gigantic race there," Lake said. "We took a shot knowing he was getting good. Chuckie rode a tremendous race, never gave up on him, and he got there."

Chuckie Lopez has the return call on Wildeyed Dreamer.

Mt. Splendor, Lucky Gamble, Changing Weather and Safe Play complete the field.

Juvenile stakes over the weekend

Two-year-olds move into the stakes picture this weekend at Monmouth with a pair of $60,000 races, both at 5o1/2 furlongs: the Tyro on Saturday and the Colleen for fillies on Sunday.

The Tyro is the prep for the only graded 2-year-old stakes here this summer, the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling on Sept. 2.

Run Sully Run figures to be one of the Tyro favorites following an impressive debut, in which he dug in to pull out a half-length win on July 7, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 70.

"Joe loves this horse," said trainer Cam Gambolati, referring to Joe Bravo, Monmouth's leading rider. "He is one of the smartest 2-year-olds I've been around. He does everything right. He's very professional. He's very advanced mentally."

Run Sully Run was a $130,000 purchase in May at the sale of 2-year-olds at Timonium. He hasn't missed a beat since the sale, training well and running strongly in his one assignment.

"We're excited about him, because the farther he goes, the better we think he'll run," Gambolati said of Run Sully Run, a son of Cherokee Run.

Trainer John Tammaro III believes Rough Road Ahead, another Tyro contender, will also appreciate more distance down the road. A New Jersey-bred, Rough Road Ahead was also a first-time-out winner, drawing off to a 3 3/4-length win against statebreds on June 30.

The colt turned in a bullet work, three furlongs in 35.40 seconds, here on Sunday.

"We're pleased with everything he's done so far," Tammaro said. "He came out of the race good. We don't think this is what he wants to do. We want to stretch him out where he'll be an even better horse than he's shown so far."

Tammaro has had experience with the family. He trained Smart N Classy, a half-sister to Rough Road Ahead who won $464,409 as one of the leading older New Jersey-bred turf mares in recent seasons.

Both are homebreds from John Bowers's Roseland Farm Stable.

Exchanging Fire headed for Oaks

Exchanging Fire came out of her front-running win in the Serena's Song Stakes on Saturday in good order and is now pointing for the Grade 3, $200,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 12.

"The filly came out of it really well," said Robb Levinsky, chairman of Kenwood Racing, which owns the filly.

"She walked on Sunday and Monday and looks absolutely great."