08/19/2002 11:00PM

Bad-trip Easyfromthegitgo is in

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Easyfromthegitgo, who ran into trouble last out in the Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy, will be looking for a cleaner trip Sunday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Easyfromthegitgo was one of five definite starters for the 1 1/8-mile race as of Tuesday, along with The Judge Sez Who, beaten a neck in the $600,000 West Virginia Derby; Cowboy Stuff, the $100,000 Round Table winner who vanned in from Arlington Park on Sunday; Premeditation, winner of the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park; and local hope Dusty Spike.

Easyfromthegitgo was forced to alter course on the second turn in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 4, and was moved up from fifth place to fourth following the disqualification of second-place finisher Quest, who swerved in the stretch and bumped Iron Deputy.

"It was quite an eventful race," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Easyfromthegitgo for Dallas residents James Cassels and Robert Zollars.

Easyfromthegitgo, a winner of $526,890, started his 3-year-old season with a victory in the $100,000 Lecomte at Fair Grounds in New Orleans in January. His most recent win came July 5 in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows.

Since that race, he has been based at Saratoga, where he breezed four furlongs in 51.02 seconds Tuesday morning. Asmussen said the colt was to fly to Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon, and from there, he wants to have him flown into Oklahoma on Thursday.

"I'm still trying to make arrangements," said Asmussen, who is also in the process of lining out a rider for Easyfromthegitgo.

Aside from the definites, four others were possible for the Oklahoma Derby on Tuesday: A.P. Five Hundred, third-place finisher in the Round Table; Missme, who has won back-to-back $60,000 stakes in his last two starts; Wishingitwas, who was second last out in the $75,000 Colorado Derby; and Grey Beard.

Bourque on Premeditation

Curt Bourque has picked up the mount on Premeditation, who closed with a powerful rush to win the $100,000 Alysheba over seven furlongs July 3. The colt will van in from his Retama Park base near San Antonio early Friday, said trainer Bill Leach.

Premeditation, who earlier this year won the $60,000 Borderland Derby at a mile at Sunland Park in New Mexico, will be looking for his richest career win in the Oklahoma Derby.

"He's doing awful good right now, and we thought we'd try to play with a little better pot and see what we can get done," said Leach, who trains the colt for Bill Clifton, Jr.

French Riviera back; eyes Keeneland

French Riviera, who won an entry-level allowance Sunday by 10 lengths in her first start in more than a year, could travel from her Louisiana Downs base to Keeneland in October to test the waters in the Grade 3, $150,000 Raven Run Stakes.

Trainer Larry Robideaux said the seven furlong race, scheduled for Oct. 9, is his goal for the filly, who wired her allowance rivals Sunday while covering six furlongs in a swift 1:10.20.

"I tell you what, she's a racehorse," said Robideaux. "She did it right the other day. She hadn't run in 14 months and she handled it all well. She didn't get nervous. She contained herself well, and did it with style."

French Riviera, who was away from the races to remove bone chips from her knees, an injury sustained during a division of the $147,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity last June. Prior to that start, she won her maiden in impressive fashion over Miss Ritz, who remained perfect in four starts this year when she won the $30,000 Lakeway on Saturday night at Retama Park.