09/07/2006 11:00PM

Witch Woman part of Frankel's wave of winning imports


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Witch Woman looks to win her third straight race in her stakes debut Sunday in the $65,000 Without Feathers for 3-year-old fillies going a mile and 70 yards at Monmouth Park.

She is part of the successful contingent from Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel that arrived late in the meet from Kentucky. The Frankel horses, handled by assistant Chad Brown, are 5-2-1 in 12 races.

"Bobby left me with horses who had conditions left and those he felt were time to move along in their conditions so we could see where they're at. He's very good at picking ones that fit here," Brown said.

Witch Woman earned one of those victories in a second-level allowance race on Aug. 13.

"When we first got here, we ran a lot of horses," Brown said. "The last couple of weeks, we've been regrouping. Now, we have a lot of horses to run the last two, three weeks of the meet."

Starting with Witch Woman.

"She likes Monmouth," Brown said. "She ran a good race last time."

Witch Woman remained sharp with a bullet work of 1:00 for five furlongs on Sept. 1.

"It was a nice work," Brown said. "She's doing really well. Bobby wants to bring her along gradually. We'll test her here and see if she's a stakes-quality horse."

Todd Pletcher, another high-percentage trainer at the meet, sends out two: India and Game for More.

India makes her two-turn debut. Her best effort was a second in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March. Game for More was a first-level allowance winner last time out at Delaware Park.

They are uncoupled in the betting.

Peak Maria's Way was third in her latest outing, the Grade 3 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks on Aug. 13.

Terrific Challenge odds-on

Terrific Challenge figures to again be a short-priced favorite Sunday in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf after winning similar stakes here in his last two outings.

The 4-year-old Terrific Challenge, trained and owned by Stanley Hough, won the John McSorley on July 16 at 6-5 and followed with a victory in the Sneakbox Stakes at 4-5 on Aug. 12.

Horse, trainer both doing fine

Carrots Only and trainer John Mazza have both healed nicely.

Carrots Only, recovered from a hind-leg injury sustained when he kicked a stall wall, will make his first start since March in the $125,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap on Sept. 16.

Carrots Only pulled off the upset at 12-1 in last year's edition of that statebred stakes.

Mazza has also bounced back nicely following knee-replacement surgery that ended 40 years of pain in his left leg.

"It was bad," Mazza said. "I'd have to crawl out of bed in the morning."

Mazza, 69, has trained horses at Monmouth for more than 40 years. His best-known runner was Great Navigator, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in 1992.

Mazza underwent the surgery on Aug. 25 and suffered a setback when he developed gout. That delayed his discharge until Aug. 31.

Mazza was back at the barn the following Saturday.

"It's amazing," Mazza said. "No more pain. Isn't that something?"

Mazza, able to get around without assistance, is still in a rehabilitation program to strengthen the muscles above and below the new knee.

Carrots Only has also come around. A 5-year-old gelding, Carrots Only worked here on Thursday, turning in a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00.40

"He went beautifully," Mazza said. "He's on the money. He will be ready to go. I believe I have him right. The injury cost me a couple of races, but this is the one we were pointing to anyway."

Race for amateur riders

George Wood rallied Chazmule ($8.40) to victory Friday in the annual Amateur Riders Club of America race at Monmouth, the third on the card.

Wood has extensive experience winning point-to-point and hunt races.

Sydney Trottman, a Monmouth exercise rider, was second aboard My Attitude, with Gregory Cohn, a former ARCA champion, third with Riverboat Gambler.

Daily Racing Form artist and ARCA founder Pierre Bellocq, better known as PEB, made the winner's circle presentation.