06/26/2003 11:00PM

Belmont passers set to go now


ELMONT, N.Y. - Colita and Go Rockin' Robin, whose connections briefly flirted with the idea of running in the Belmont Stakes before eventually passing on that race, both put in workouts Friday morning in preparation for next Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park.

Colita, who won a second-level allowance race here by 2 1/4 lengths on May 21, breezed six furlongs in 1:14.29 over a fast Belmont Park training track.

"He came back like nothing happened, which I liked because I was a little bit concerned about the weather," said trainer Carlos Morales, referring to the mid-90-degree temperatures that have hovered over Belmont the last few days.

Morales said he was glad he and the owners - Team Valor, Mercedes Alvarez, and Luis Morales - opted to pass the Belmont. Morales said he didn't think the horse had fully recovered from his May 21 effort to be prepared for the 12-furlong Belmont.

"The race was too close, in my opinion," Morales said. "He was also coming back from a small layoff, and he tried hard in that race. I think that's what most of the problem was."

Morales said he hoped to get Ramon Dominguez to ride Colita in the Dwyer, but nothing was set as of Friday. Dominguez won an entry-level allowance race aboard Colita in January.

Meanwhile, at Aqueduct, Go Rockin' Robin worked five furlongs in 1:01.02. Go Rockin' Robin, a New York-bred son of Distorted Humor, won the Grade 2 Peter Pan on May 24, but did not run in the Belmont because he was not Triple Crown nominated and would have had to have been supplemented at a cost $100,000. Instead, Go Rockin' Robin ran in the Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware, where he finished fourth.

Schwartz said Go Rockin' Robin had little chance in the Leonard Richards, hitting the rail twice while buried down on the inside. Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode Go Rockin' Robin in the Peter Pan, worked him Friday and will ride him in the Dwyer.

"I think he had one of the best works he ever had," trainer Scott Schwartz said. "He actually worked six furlongs in just under 1:13, and he came out of it very well."

Others pointing to the Dwyer are Best Minister, Dynever, Midas Eyes, Nacheezmo, Strong Hope, and possibly Sky Mesa.

Dutrow has two for Prioress

Friday morning was disappointing for trainer Tony Dutrow as his 2-year-old filly Bikini Wiggle came off the Laurel Park track coughing, forcing her out of Sunday's Astoria Stakes for juvenile fillies.

Dutrow said he hopes things are better next Friday when he plans to ship in both Forever Partners and Randaroo for the Grade 1, $200,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The Prioress, run at six furlongs, will be one of three graded stakes on the Fourth of July card.

Forever Partners finished second in last summer's Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, and emerged from that race with a knee injury. Following successful surgery, she was put back in training and after winning an optional claiming/allowance race, she finished third in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness on May 15.

Forever Partners steadied in the first part of the race, before tipping three wide for the stretch. She flattened out late, falling one length shy of Belong to Sea.

"In my opinion, the trouble Forever Partners got in she brought on herself," Dutrow said. "She was very eager to run, and we tried to settle in behind the speed and unfortunately we were not able to do that the way we wanted to because of her aggressiveness."

Dutrow will also send out Randaroo, who comes off a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Acorn. Randaroo had missed the Nassau County Handicap - a prep for the Acorn - due to a lung infection, but Dutrow did not use that as an excuse.

"She was not good enough at the distance is why she lost," Dutrow said. "I guess she could get seven-eighths with the right type of horses, but I want to see Randaroo run with the best of her generation at six furlongs."

Others pointing to the Prioress are Belong to Sea and Chimichurri, the one-two finishers in the Miss Preakness, Country Romance, House Party, In Secure, Princess V., and Wild Snitch. Sensibly Chic is a possibility.

Auntie Mame should be 'Something'

Sunday's 11-race card includes the $65,000 Auntie Mame Stakes for fillies and mares that have never won an open sweepstakes.

The one-mile turf race drew a field of eight with Born Something and Something Ventured the ones to beat. Born Something has won three of her last four starts and is 2 for 2 over this course, including a third-level allowance win on June 6. Edgar Prado rides for trainer Christophe Clement.

Something Ventured missed by a head when third in the Possible Mate Stakes here going 10 furlongs on May 15. The Todd Pletcher trainee cuts back to one mile for the first time since she won her maiden at Tampa in April 2002. This year, Something Ventured won two allowance races at Gulfstream before finishing in a dead-heat for fifth in the Grade 3 Bewitch.

Party Queen is 2 for 2 at a mile, but comes in off two poor efforts in stakes. Jerry Bailey has the call for trainer Vicki Oliver.

- True Direction came out of his third-place finish in last weekend's James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap with a quarter crack in his left front foot, trainer Carlos Morales said. Morales is hoping True Direction can resume training in September.

- Rodeo Licious, winner of the Fashion Stakes, is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to have a chip removed from her left front ankle and will be out until the fall, trainer Carl Deville said.