09/25/2002 11:00PM

Wolfson prepared for all variables


MIAMI - Come rain or shine, trainer Marty Wolfson will have all bases covered for Saturday's $50,000 Noble Royalty Handicap scheduled to be run at 1 1/16 miles on Calder's turf course.

Wolfson entered four of the 10 fillies and mares in the Noble Royalty, including Coolbythepool, who will start only if the race comes off the grass. He can also start Stay Forever, Cee Knows Evil, and Abuela Esther depending upon the track and weather conditions.

Coolbythepool has won three of her last four starts, including the Hurricane Viv and Golden Or handicaps to assume leadership of the local filly and mare handicap division on the main track. If the race comes off the grass she will face her old nemesis Castlebrook, who was also entered for dirt. Castlebrook is the only horse to defeat Coolbythepool during the current meet, beating her in the Hurricane Viv Handicap over a sloppy track on June 23.

Should the Noble Royalty go as scheduled, Wolfson may also have the horse to beat in Stay Forever, a lightly raced but talented mare who has won 3 of her 4 career starts, including a pair of allowance races here this summer.

Cee Knows Evil was a game second behind Stay Forever when she last tried the grass on Aug. 25 and again figures to be on or with the pace if the Noble Royalty remains on turf.

Like Coolbythepool, Abuela Esther is also likely to start only if the race moves to the main track and may serve to assure an honest pace for her stablemate as she stretches out around two turns off a steady diet of sprint races.

Sara's Success, a versatile runner from trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.'s barn, figures among the top contenders no matter the surface. Considered among the top 3-year-old fillies here last season after victories in the Convenience Stakes and the Calder Oaks, Sara's Success tailed off during the spring and was stopped on following an eventful trip in the Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 25. She returned to finish a well-beaten third behind Flying Birdie's record-equaling performance in the five-furlong Reign Dance Handicap earlier this month and figures to move forward with that race under her belt.

Pembroke Palace has been in top form since returning to the grass this summer. She has a win and two seconds in three starts on the turf but will get a class check facing stakes competition for the first time.

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