07/28/2007 2:10AM

Whitney Eve


--Like Now earned the biggest fig of the day, getting a Beyer of 97 for his 4 1/2-length N4x romp in 1:22.25.

--Bella Atrice, second to Rewrite in her debut last year, finally ran back to that race seven starts and 15 months later, escaping the maiden ranks in the finale and giving Bruce Levine (More Angels) a training double. Colum O'Brien, who won his first race of the year in Thursday's nightcap with Follow My Dream, ran second here at 39-1 with Money Oriented. The race featured three trainers named O'Brien, with Keith running 5th and Leo 9th.

As for Saturday, which I'll be dissecting more fully at Siro's with Mike Watchmaker and Harvey Pack later this morning:

--Just for fun, try to map out an early pick-four play with $1,000 in mythical money and nothing but $1 tickets and see if you can hit it. I'd need more, as I have only been able to eliminate exactly two horses per race, leaving me with a 10x10x7x9 play that would cost $6300 for a buck. These races are brutally challenging: a baby race that includes eight firsters, a N1x turf allowance, a bottom-level 3-year-old claimer and an impossible older-maiden sprint. Maybe it will cost less after scratches, but I think I'll just watch.

--The stakes action begins in race 7 with the G1 Diana and so does the late pick four, which has a $500,000 guarantee that doesn't seem too bold for the heavily-promoted Whitney card, considering that Friday's drab sequence handled $424,152. My preliminary plan is to key around Danzon and Makdderah in the Diana; Diabolical, Benny The Bull and Commentator in the Vanderbilt; use all four plausible contenders in the Go For Wand (Ermine, Ginger Punch, Miss Shop and teammate) in the Go For Wand, and big ole mess of them in the fascinating Whitney. If I'm down to three "A's" by the time the Whitney rolls around, they'll probably be Papi Chullo, Diamond Stripes and Sun King, but I wouldn't mind having some Dry Martini and Magna Graduate in reserve and you hate to leave out Brass Hat if only because he's such a neat old guy.

--The generous Internet Masters at drf.com have agreed to make my Saturday and Sunday columns free to readers of this blog for its duration, starting with Sunday's rant about parimutuel security.

--At this writing, there are already 83 listings on eBay for those hideous Angel Cordero Jr. bobbleheads that were sold to turnstile-spinning flea-market weasels given away here Thursday. The "limited edition" purple-and-gold bobbleheads (you had a 1 in 10 chance of getting one) have attracted as many as 11 bids each at up to $46.09, while there are few takers for the standard-issue red-and-white ones even at $14.99. Readers thusfar have suggested the following candidates for people the doll looks more like than Cordero: Heliodoro Gustines; Ruben Hernandez; and Mr. Potato Head.