06/23/2005 11:00PM

Albertrani up to bat

Peter Pan winner Oratory, trained by Tom Albertrani, will return July 4 in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The next nine days will go a long way in determining what kind of a summer trainer Tom Albertrani will have.

From Sunday through July 4, Albertrani is running three of his best horses in stakes races. Sunday, Albertrani will send out the favored Blue Sunday in the Mike Lee Handicap for New York-bred 3-year-olds. Next Saturday, Albertrani will send out Sheepshead Bay Handicap winner Sauvage in the Grade 2 New York Handicap. On July 4, Albertrani will saddle Peter Pan winner Oratory in the Grade 2 Dwyer against Roman Ruler.

If you factor in that Albertrani was to have saddled Salic Law in Saturday's $65,000 Awad, an overnight handicap, then 20 percent of his 20-horse stable will be running in stakes. Albertrani is 7 for 19 at the Belmont spring-summer meet.

Albertrani, a former assistant to trainer Bill Mott as well as for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing Inc., has operated a public stable for two years. Last year, he developed the Grade 1-winning juvenile filly Balletto. This year, he has two promising 3-year-olds in Blue Sunday and Oratory as well as the talented turf mare Sauvage.

Blue Sunday has won two of his three starts and is a legitimate threat to sweep the OTBs' Big Apple Triple, a series of three races for New York-breds. The Mike Lee, run at seven furlongs, kicks off the series. It will be Blue Sunday's first race beyond six furlongs, but after the way he won a second-level allowance race by eight lengths last time out, another furlong shouldn't be problematic.

"Off his last race, I couldn't see seven-eighths being any problem for him," Albertrani said. "And just depending how he runs, we'll let him tell us what he wants to do."

Oratory won the Peter Pan most impressively and was purposely held out of the Belmont Stakes. Albertrani said Oratory is being pointed to the Dwyer, for which he worked four furlongs in 50.02 seconds on Friday at Belmont. Albertrani wasn't looking for a fast work considering Oratory worked five furlongs in 59.67 on June 16.

"I wasn't looking for the same type of work back again," Albertrani said. "We were looking for something just on the easy side. We'll come back and have another work next week."

Sauvage, who won the Sheepshead Bay at odds of 16-1, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Thursday. She will be a longshot again in the New York Handicap against the likes of Film Maker and Wonder Again, the second- and third-place finishers in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Clever Electrician points to Tom Fool

Clever Electrician's return to the races on Thursday was so impressive that his connections are likely to run the New York-bred sprinter in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on July 17.

Clever Electrician, sidelined since last fall because of a cracked knee, won the Take Me Out, an overnight handicap for New York-breds, by 3 1/2 lengths. He covered six furlongs in 1:08.65 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

Trainer Bruce Levine figures he has nothing to lose by running in the Tom Fool. If Clever Electrician doesn't run well, Levine has three spots for New York-bred sprinters picked out later this year, beginning with the John Morrissey Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 18.

"He didn't beat anybody, but he did it the right way," Levine said of Thursday's race. "He usually likes time between races, but it's seven-eighths, and it's here. I needed a race between here and the Morrissey, and I would really love to get him to the Tom Fool."

Clever Electrician, a 6-year-old son of Clever Trick, had a terrific 5-year-old season, winning 5 of 10 starts, including two stakes. Still, Levine felt there was something more there.

"He's always trained like a really, really good horse, and not run to his ability," Levine said. "Yesterday he ran like he trained."

Arnold will split his 3-year-old colts

Rusty Arnold has two talented 3-year-old turf horses in his barn. Keeping them separated should be easy.

Arnold is pointing Rey de Cafe, winner of the Grade 3 Hill Prince in his last start, to the $750,000 Virginia Derby on July 16. He is pointing Big Prairie, a tough-luck neck loser of the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup last out, to the $100,000 Lexington Stakes here on July 10.

Arnold said he was considering running Big Prairie in one of the two $500,000 stakes held on Saturday - the Kent Breeders' Cup and the Colonial Turf Cup - but was fearful his horse wouldn't have gotten in due to a lack of earnings. Big Prairie had run only twice prior to his second-place finish in the Jefferson Cup, in which he could not get off the rail in time to run down Rush Bay.

"Seasoning didn't beat him, he just couldn't find a seam," Arnold said.

Arnold said the Virginia Derby was the plan all along for Rey de Cafe, who has already run 10 times and is coming off two nose victories.

Golf outing to benefit Campbell

Horsemen on the Belmont backstretch are organizing a golf outing that would benefit the family of Charlie Campbell, who has served as the paddock blacksmith for the past year. Campbell, who has a wife and a 13-year-old daughter, is suffering from brain cancer.

The golf outing will be held on July 11 at the Rockville Centre Country Club. Those interested in participating in the outing or sponsoring a hole should contact Kiaran McLaughlin at Barn 11. His barn phone number is (516) 358-6126.

Late scratches cause large refunds

The New York Racing Association had to refund a total of $337,443 in trifecta and show wagers because of a pair of late scratches in Friday's second race, a maiden event for 2-year-old fillies.

Capozzene, a first-time starter trained by Todd Pletcher, flipped in the gate. While underneath the gate, Capozzene kicked Saoirse Cat, a first-time starter trained by Bill Mott. Saoirse Cat suffered abrasions on her pasterns and was ordered scratched. That left a field of four, with Truart winning by 2 1/2 lengths over 4-5 favorite Teammate.

* Eddington, the probable favorite for next Saturday's Grade 1 Suburban, worked five furlongs in 1:00.24 Friday morning over Belmont Park's main track.