06/06/2005 11:00PM

All eyes on Master of Disaster

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Master of Disaster wins his debut race at Delaware Park on May 10 - by 13 1/4 lengths and with a 96 Beyer.

ELMONT, N.Y. - One of the fastest 2-year-olds on the East Coast, the Dance Master colt Master of Disaster, heads a field of six who were entered on Tuesday for the Grade 3, $100,000 Flash Stakes on Friday at Belmont Park.

The five-furlong Flash shares the spotlight on Friday with the Grade 3, $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-old grass horses. The Hill Prince drew a field of 11, including Rey de Cafe, who captured the American Turf at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Master of Disaster, trained by Steve Klesaris, has been an open secret for months. He was purchased in February at Calder for $600,000, then went off at 2-5 on May 10 at Delaware in his debut, which he won by 13 1/4 lengths while earning a flashy Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

Ramon Dominguez rode Master of Disaster in his debut, but John Velazquez has the mount on Friday. Klesaris also entered Speed of Sound, but he named Velazquez on that colt, too, indicating Speed of Sound is being entered only as an insurance policy in case something unforeseen befalls Master of Disaster between Tuesday and Friday.

Beacon Shine, third after a rough trip in the Three Chimneys Juvenile on May 7 at Churchill Downs, is also entered, as are recent maiden winners Union Course and Tompest.

Rey de Cafe carries top weight of 123 pounds in the 1 1/8-mile Hill Prince, in which he drew the rail. Interpatation, the winner of the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream, and Crown Point each carry 120 pounds.

Also on Friday, the top stakes-winning turf horse Request for Parole makes his first start of the year in the day's ninth race, a money allowance.

Lost in the Fog arrives

The unbeaten sprinter Lost in the Fog, who will go for his seventh victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes on Saturday, arrived in New York on Tuesday after a flight from northern California. He had his final workout at Golden Gate on Sunday, zipping five furlongs in 58.60 seconds.

"It was a little quicker than I wanted him to go," said his trainer, Greg Gilchrist. "Sometimes he wants to go fast, but he does it so damn easy."

Lost in the Fog will be ridden on Saturday by Russell Baze, who last week became only the second rider in North American history to win 9,000 races. Laffit Pincay Jr. is the other.

Among runners scheduled to face Lost in the Fog is Egg Head, who was purchased privately after a fast sprint win at Delaware in his last start. He is now trained and co-owned by Kiaran McLaughlin.

B. B. Best, Biloxi Palace, Going Wild, Middle Earth, Survivalist, Tani Maru, and War Plan are also scheduled to run in the seven-furlong Riva Ridge. Proud Accolade and Vicarage are both possible, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Stewards to query Santos

The stewards were to meet with jockey Jose Santos on Wednesday to discuss the circumstances surrounding his ride aboard Thatswhy-weboughtto in Sunday's fifth race here.

Santos appeared to take a strong hold of the horse in the stretch, but then whipped the horse twice when he saw he could get third. Santos told trainer Linda Rice that he felt the horse take a bad step turning for home.

On Tuesday, Rice said Thatswhyweboughtto had filling in his right front ankle. Rice said she would request an ultrasound be taken to further examine the leg.

"Jose said when he switched to his right lead he took a bad step and he kept him in hand because of it," Rice said. "He might have sprained it or jammed, but there's some inflammation in the right front."

Rice, who was sick over the weekend and watched the race from home, said she received many e-mails and phone calls. "I wasn't taking any of them," she said.

"Everybody thought I was the bad guy, and I was just trying to do the right thing," Santos said.

Kelly veterans may return Saturday

Evening Attire and Riskaverse, two of the mainstays of trainer Pat Kelly's barn the last few years, are likely to make their seasonal debuts this weekend. Riskaverse is definite to run in Saturday's $300,000 Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap, while Evening Attire is possible to run in the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap.

Riskaverse is a 6-year-old daughter of Dynaformer who has won two Grade 1 races and banked more than $1.7 million. She was brought back to the races this year because the Breeders' Cup is being held at Belmont, where Riskaverse is 4 for 8, including a victory in last year's Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational.

The Just a Game, which received a $50,000 purse increase from last year, will be the first start for Riskaverse since she finished eighth in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Riskaverse is 0 for 2 in the Just a Game, having finished second behind Mariensky in 2003 and fourth behind Intercontinental in 2004.

"I thought she was going to win it two years ago, if we didn't have that soft turf," Kelly said. Last year, said Kelly, "we knew it was just a start. I think a mile is too short for her. She's better at a mile and an eighth."

Riskaverse was assigned 119 pounds for the Just a Game, four fewer than assigned to highweight Intercontinental, who won this race last year.

Meanwhile, Kelly said Tuesday he still hadn't decided whether or not to bring Evening Attire back in the Brooklyn. Evening Attire, a 7-year-old gelded son of Black Tie Affair, has won 11 of 39 starts and banked more than $2.3 million. Though he is only 1 for 10 at Belmont, the win came in the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Last year, Evening Attire won just 1 of 11 starts, the win being an emphatic five-length victory over Funny Cide in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap. Funny Cide is the likely favorite for the Brooklyn.

Evening Attire shows six works since May 6, including a six-furlong move in 1:15.63 on Friday over Belmont's training track.

Kelly said Naughty New Yorker, his top 3-year-old New York-bred, is being pointed to the Mike Lee Handicap on June 26. The Mike Lee is the first leg of the OTBs' Big Apple Triple series, which also includes the New York Derby at Finger Lakes and the Albany at Saratoga.

No way to shoot for Crown

For the only the second time in the last eight years, a Triple Crown sweep will not be on the line in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. But disaster nearly put Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo in position to be going for the Triple Crown. Had the scary collision between Afleet Alex and Scrappy T in the Preakness Stakes resulted in Giacomo being placed first via disqualification, Giacomo would be going for the Triple Crown.

Much as trainer John Shirreffs would have liked for Giacomo to add the Preakness to his victory in the Derby, he wanted to win it outright.

Winning because of misfortune is "not the way it's meant to be," he said.

Five Star Holding out of Fashion

Five Star Holding, who finished second versus males in the Three Chimneys Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, was forced to miss Thursday's Fashion Stakes with shin splints, trainer Tim Salzman said.

"I breezed her the other day, and she breezed a little faster than I wanted, and she popped a splint," Salzman said. "We'll give her a little time. She's a nice filly. They are stinging her pretty good this morning. Hopefully, we'll make it back for the next one."

Five Star Holding won her maiden versus males on April 7 at Aqueduct. She then finished second behind Half Ours in the Three Chimneys. Half Ours has since undergone surgery to repair a fractured hind cannon bone.

* A severe thunderstorm Monday afternoon felled a number of trees in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., including some on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course. Damage at the racetrack consisted of a tree falling on Barn 58 at Horse Haven, where trainer Todd Pletcher is stabled; another tree falling on the roof and awning of the Carousel Restaurant; and a loss of electrical power at the area known as Clare Court on the backstretch.

- additional reporting by David Grening