03/19/2007 12:00AM

For You Reppo to hit the road


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It would be easy for trainer Helen Pitts to walk her steadily improving 3-year-old For You Reppo from his stall in Barn 14 a week from Saturday to run in the $1 million Florida Derby. Instead she will ship the colt to Kentucky to race for half the money in Saturday's Lane's End Stakes.

"There were several reasons why we decided to go to the Lane's End instead of just keeping him here for the Florida Derby," Pitts said Monday. "It looks like it will be an easier spot. Timing-wise it fits his schedule a bit better, and he's already proven he likes the Polytrack. He's got some feet issues, so I think he's better suited to that track."

Pitts is also looking for the best place to pick up some graded earnings for For You Reppo in the hopes of making the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby.

"I know it's a lot more money here, but it's also a much tougher race," she said. "He's probably got to win or be second this week to have any chance of making the Derby field, but if he doesn't, that's fine, too. We can always wait for the next one.

"He seems to be developing and improving with every single race, and he had a beautiful work yesterday, so I look for him to run another big race at Turfway."

For You Reppo, who earned a career-high 90 Beyer Speed Figure finishing second in an entry-level allowance race on March 3, worked a bullet half-mile in 47.40 seconds here on Sunday.

Pitts also said that Leah's Secret came out of her fourth-place finish in Saturday's Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap in good order.

"Mark [Guidry] said she's just not the same horse over this track as she is in Kentucky or Maryland," Pitts said. "He said she just wasn't getting hold of it like the others. She has been bucking and squealing since the race the other day, and I think she'll run much better when we get to Churchill Downs where our goal is the Distaff on Derby Day."

Pitts wants the best for Curlin

Pitts also said she was happy to see Curlin run so well in Saturday's Rebel Stakes.

Pitts sent Curlin out to win his maiden here earlier in the meet before the colt was purchased privately and turned over to trainer Steve Asmussen less than a week after the victory.

"I wish them nothing but the best of luck with Curlin," said Pitts. "He's got a lot of talent and is the type of horse that's got a lot of gears when you ask him. And if he should go on to win the Derby or any of the other big races, I'll feel honored just to have been involved with the horse during some part of his career."

Soldier's Dancer to run in Palm Beach

Trainer Dave Vivian Sr. confirmed Monday that Soldier's Dancer will compete in Saturday's Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes. Soldier's Dancer, winner of Calder's Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby in his 3-year-old debut, is coming off a troubled fourth-place finish behind Twilight Meteor here Feb. 24 in the Hallandale Beach Stakes.

"He probably could have won that race, but he got into a situation on the final turn where one horse fanned everybody out and he had to alter course, which caused him to lose momentum," Vivian said.

"He's doing very well, and while I'd like to keep him down here as much as possible, if things go well with this race I might start thinking about something like the two big races at Colonial Days later this season."

Vivian was referring to the $750,000 Colonial Turf Cup on Juneo16 and the $1 million Virginia Derby on July 21.

No Palm Beach for Twilight Meteor

Twilight Meteor will not run in the 1 1/8-mile Palm Beach. Trainer Todd Pletcher nominated seven 3-year-olds to the race, but said Monday that he may not run any of them.

"I was planning to run Twilight Meteor and Bullara, but have decided instead to send both to the Lane's End," said Pletcher. "That gives both horses an opportunity to run for a lot more money and one more chance to stay in the Derby mix."

Pletcher said he will likely run My Golden Quest in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on Sunday.

The Legend Goes looks well-spotted

The Legend Goes, who led until deep stretch before finishing a tiring third when stretching out to 1 1/2 miles and trying grass for the first time on Feb. 25, may be the one to beat under similar conditions in Wednesday's $46,000 allowance feature.

The Legend Goes again might have to fend off recent nemesis Isabel Away, who chased and outfinished her for second money when the pair met four weeks earlier.

Other key contenders in the entry-level marathon are recent maiden winner Greenery, Auaderna, Optimist Girl, Possible Mambo, and Hostess.