02/23/2005 1:00AM

Wolfson takes 2 shots at Daydreaming

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Pampered Princess (inside) and Adobe Gold will be longshots in the Sabin.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Pampered Princess was 5-1 and her stablemate Adobe Gold was 16-1 when they finished first and second last month in the Banshee Breeze Handicap. Despite their big efforts in that race, trainer Marty Wolfson knows his two fillies will be considered outsiders once again when they go up against Daydreaming in Saturday's Grade 3 Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

"We'll absolutely be the underdogs again, that's for sure," said Wolfson. "Daydreaming is a very good mare and the weights for this race are certainly in her favor. I had enough of her last year when she beat Adobe Gold by seven lengths in the Indiana Oaks, and she seems to have gotten even better since then. Maybe we'll catch her on an off day this time."

Pampered Princess turned in one of the gamest performances of the year in the Banshee Breeze, repulsing several challenges, including a stretch bid from the odds-on favorite Isola Piu Bella to record her ninth win in 24 career starts.

Adobe Gold ascended to the top of the local 3-year-old filly division last summer with three straight one-sided stakes wins at Calder before finishing fourth behind Daydreaming in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Her form tailed off after she returned from the Midwest but her performance in the Banshee Breeze indicates she is rounding back to her top form once again.

Wolfson said Eddie Castro, Pampered Princess's regular rider, got on both fillies on Monday and they each worked well.

"I would prefer to keep my two horses apart," Wolfson said, "but there really isn't much else for them down here this winter, so if all goes well I'll bring them both back in the Rampart."

The Grade 2 Rampart, a 1 1/8-mile handicap, will be run on March 26.

Wolfson also said that Mr. Fotis, runner-up to Medallist in the Deputy Minister Handicap earlier this month, will make his next start in the Grade 2 Richter Scale March 12.

"I feel pretty good about running back against Medallist," said Wolfson. "I think I can run with him. It's Forest Danger I'm worried about if he goes in there."

Two options for Madcap Escapade

Madcap Escapade came out of last Saturday's Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap in good order, according to trainer Frank Brothers. Making her first start since finishing third in last spring's Kentucky Oaks, Madcap Escapade overcame a slow start to capture the seven-furlong Shirley Jones by two lengths.

"To win a Grade 2 race coming off an injury and a long layoff after getting left at the gate like she did takes a very special horse," said Brothers.

Brothers, who trains Madcap Escapade for Bruce Lunsford, said he has not formulated any definite plans for Madcap Escapade's next start, although he seemed to be leaning toward either Keeneland's Grade 3 Vinery Madison Stakes at seven furlongs on April 13 or Oaklawn's Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on April 9. If she were to run in the Apple Blossom it could set up a much anticipated rematch with Eclipse Award winner Ashado. The two fillies split a pair of decisions last year.

"She's going to get a little break after this last one, and it's not likely she'll run back here, although nothing is etched in stone," said Brothers. "Since Bruce is from Kentucky I know he would love to have her run at Churchill Downs on Derby weekend, so I guess our main goal now would be to point to one of those two races."

Brothers was referring to the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup on Kentucky Oaks Day, May 6, and the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Derby Day, May 7.

Win Me Over may skip grass stakes

Win Me Over, a candidate for Sunday's Dave Feldman Stakes, blew out a quarter-mile over the turf course here Wednesday, although trainer Harvey Vanier remains undecided whether he will run him in the grass stakes.

Win Me Over closed out his 3-year-old campaign with two straight victories, including a last-to-first win going 1 1/16 miles against statebred stakes company at Hawthorne last out. A homebred son of Friendly Lover, Win Me Over has never started on grass.

"He had to break from post 14 and come from dead last over a speed-biased racetrack when he won his last start," said Vanier. "He's trained well since he's gotten down here and we're actually as high on him as we are on Straight Line. I'm just not sure if I want to run him on the grass. What I would like is get a two-other-than allowance race on the dirt to go for him. That would be the ideal spot."

Midtown Miss runs for a tag

High-priced claiming fillies will get a rare chance in the spotlight here Friday in a $33,000 event for 3-year-olds racing under claiming tags ranging from $75,000 to $65,000.

, who has had plenty of stakes experience, runs with a price on her head for the first time since winning her maiden in her career debut at Calder on Aug. 1, and is the logical choice. A daughter of Yes It's True, Midtown Miss won against $40,000 maiden claiming foes before holding her own in both the Desert Vixen and Susan's Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Following a trio of second-place finishes against allowance company, Midtown Miss concluded her 2-year-old campaign with an easy victory over entry-level allowance competition.

Trained by Joe Calascibetta, Midtown Miss journeyed to Tampa for her 3-year-old debut but was overmatched in the Sandpiper Stakes. A late-striding filly, she should have plenty of pace to run at Friday with Gold Quill and Snug Harbor in the lineup.

won her first two starts, both in Canada, but had an unlucky local debut, stumbling at the break before chasing home Snug Harbor when the pair met under $50,000 claiming tags Jan. 21. Snug Harbor rallied from just off the pace to win by 2 1/2 lengths although she has been no match for Midtown Miss in two previous encounters.

, Fred's Sister, Digital Delight, Mertie M, and Cadet Nurse round out the lineup.

* Dearest Mon worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 at Palm Meadows on Wednesday and remains a candidate for the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 5.

* Pablo Morales, a 16-year-old native of Peru, won his first race in the U.S. when he guided Alena's Boy to victory in Wednesday's opening race.

* Turf-Vivor IV, a three-day handicapping contest that offers a grand prize of $100,000 to the winner, begins here Friday. In addition to the rich first prize, the first three finishers in Sunday's head-to-head final round receive an automatic berth to the 2006 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.