06/20/2001 12:00AM

Ziadie to avoid stablemate duels


MIAMI - Valid Forbes certainly earned a starting berth in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes here July 14, by finishing second against older horses while making her 3-year-old debut in Sunday's Born Famous Handicap. But with her stablemate Silk Concorde already pointing for the race, trainer Ralph Ziadie is considering splitting the pair instead of running them head to head as they did last summer when they took turns beating each other in the Florida Stallion Series.

Valid Forbes, who won the first and final legs of the Florida Stallion Series in 2000, is now likely to accompany Sir Bear to Prairie Meadows and make her next start in the 1 1/16-mile Iowa Oaks on July 5. Sir Bear is scheduled to make his next start two days later, in defense of his title in the Cornhusker Handicap.

"I had the Azalea in mind for Valid Forbes but I think I'd rather keep the two fillies apart," Ziadie said. "I thought she ran really well for her first start last Sunday and I also believe she wants to go a little longer than six furlongs. It might sound weird, since she's a Valid Appeal, but I believe she'd be a lot more comfortable going two turns. There's really nothing else for her here going long, so I'll probably take a shot and send her out to Iowa with Sir Bear."

New silks for Sara's Success

Sara's Success will be carrying new colors when she goes as one of the favorites in Saturday's $50,000 Office Queen Stakes. A 3-year-old daughter of Concorde's Tune and a winner of her last two starts including an impressive allowance victory on May 27, she was sold privately by previous owner Elaine J. Meltzer to the Thorobeam Stable. She will remain under the training of Eddie Plesa Jr.

"There was a lot of interest in the filly after her last win," said Plesa. "It finally came down to two buyers, and it worked out well that one of my other owners got her because if she was going to be sold anyway I'm glad I got to keep her."

Sara's Success will join stablemate Wander Mom in the lineup for the 1 1/16-mile Office Queen.

"She [Sara's Success] just keeps improving with every start and seems to really like this turf course," said Plesa.

Bridgmohan pays a visit

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan made a rare appearance here Monday, riding Jokey to a third-place finish in the featured ninth race. Bridgmohan began his career locally before becoming a regular on the New York circuit two years ago. He was visiting friends and family in the area, and accepted the mount on Jokey as a favor to his friend Juan Arias, who is an assistant to trainer Happy Alter.

Alter, who spent the month of April at Keeneland before returning to his Calder base, said he is currently giving his barn star Happily Unbridled a brief rest before pointing her to stakes races later in the meet.

"There are really no stakes races on dirt for older fillies and mares until August," said Alter. "Since I want to keep her at Calder I just decided to give her a little break and bring her back later in the summer."

Carson's Baby to miss June 30 stakes

Trainer Leo Azpurua Jr. reports that his promising 2-year-old filly Carson's Baby, came down with a virus recently and will now have to miss her next scheduled start in the $100,000 J j'sdream Stakes on June 30.

Carson's Baby turned in perhaps the most impressive performance by a juvenile filly thus far this meet when winning her debut.

"She's not Stallion Series-eligible so by missing the J j'sdream I'll have no choice but to look out of town with her once she's ready to get back to the races," said Azpurua, who won the 2000 J j'sdream with Distinct.