Ron Franklin, who is to begin serving a seven-day suspension Wednesday for a riding infraction, said yesterday he will ask the Maryland Racing Commission to postpone the suspension.

Franklin was censured for his ride astride favored Jawbone in Friday's fourth race, in which, Laurel's stewards determined, he impeded Artbelt and jockey Vince Bracciale Jr. in the backstretch. Artbelt nonetheless won the race; Jawbone was fifth.

For Franklin, the incident was poorly timed. He has ridden 10 winners over the past 11 days to move from sixth to third in Laurel's standings; moreover, he has replaced the injured Kent Desormeaux on some horses conditioned by top trainers King Leatherbury and Charlie Hadry.

Hadry has won a phenomenal 22 of 49 starts (45 percent) in 1988. But he did not smile yesterday at the thought of losing both his first- and second-string riders.

"I'm sure gonna miss Kent for a while," Hadry said. "And Ronnie's been riding so good. I don't even want to think about him getting days {suspended}."

Said Franklin: "I think it's in my best interests to appeal for a stay . . . If I could just get a good month into Pimlico before serving the days, that would really help a lot."

In yesterday's feature race at Laurel, Kerygma swept past front-running In The Curl and drew off to an easy 3 1/2-length victory in the $45,225 Miss Spin Handicap. Parade Of Roses was third.

Under Allen Stacy, Keygma completed six furlongs in 1:10 3/5 for her fourth stakes victory since Oct. 31.

"I asked {Stacy} to take her back because the speed wasn't holding up today," said trainer Barclay Tagg. It proved to be a winning tactic.

Gulfstream Park's Pan American Handicap, simulcast as Laurel's 12th race yesterday, confounded many Laurel bettors. The fact that Carotene, a mare, upset a strong field of males contributed little to the confusion.

The problem was a discrepancy between Laurel's program numbers and the saddle cloth numbers of the horses. Because both Laurel and Gulfstream Park limit races to 12 betting entries -- and the Pan American featured 13 horses -- two horses ran as a field entry. Somehow, Laurel's two-horse field entry differed from Gulfstream Park's, producing disparate sets of numbers at each track.

Laurel track announcer Robin Burns apprised a crowd of 11,304 of the discrepancy, but many fans were angered or confused over the glitch.