09/07/2005 11:00PM

Belmont possibly next for 'Stevie'

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Stevie Wonderboy wins the Del Mar Futurity under Garrett Gomez with a last-to-first move on Wednesday.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Stevie Wonderboy, who moved to the head of the West Coast 2-year-old division with his powerful victory in the Grade 2, $250,000 on Wednesday, and stablemate Jealous Profit, who finished third in the race, both had made the trip north to Hollywood Park by Thursday morning, where trainer Doug O'Neill was plotting their immediate future.

O'Neill said he wants to get both colts to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park, but he would like to keep them separated before then. O'Neill said it might make more sense to send Stevie Wonderboy to New York for the Champagne Stakes on Oct. 8, and leave Jealous Profit in California for the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Oct. 2.

"My brother Dennis, who helps me out a ton, made some good points after the race," O'Neill said Thursday morning from his Hollywood Park barn. "Of the two, Stevie Wonderboy would probably be better to ship. Jealous Profit has only run twice. He's still kind of immature and excitable, so it would be better to run him out of his own stall. Stevie Wonderboy is just like an old gelding. And he if went to New York, he'd have a race over the strip. Both came out of the race in fantastic shape."

Stevie Wonderboy ($7), who was sent off the favorite, took the closing-day feature with a devastating stretch kick that carried him from ninth to first in the final half-mile. He won going away by five lengths in 1:22.43 for seven furlongs on the fast main track, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

"He's been a real pro since the first time I got on him," said Garrett Gomez, who rode Stevie Wonderboy. "He's got a great mind on him."

O'Neill said Stevie Wonderboy is "a 2-year-old who acts like a 5-year-old."

"He's got the disposition of a mile-and-a-quarter horse," O'Neill said right after the race. "He's a very classy individual."

Stevie Wonderboy, a colt by Stephen Got Even, was purchased for $100,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale at Calder in February by Dennis O'Neill on behalf of owner Merv Griffin, the entertainer and media mogul.

Stevie Wonderboy has run well in all four of his starts. He was second in his debut against maidens and then third in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, both times against What a Song, who subsequently was injured in a workout and euthanized. Stevie Wonderboy defeated maidens at Del Mar on Aug. 6.

The Pharaoh finished second in the Del Mar Futurity, a half-length in front of Jealous Profit, who rallied strongly after being clobbered at the start when Dinner Magic veered in. Both the second- and third-place finishers were recent imports from Calder.

Well-fancied runners A.P. Warrior (sixth) and Bashert (seventh) were disappointments. Both faded after racing close to a hot early pace of 21.95 seconds for the first quarter-mile and 44.23 seconds for a half-mile.

Bashert might have lost his race before the gate opened. He flipped over backwards while heading to the paddock, sprung a shoe that needed to be re-shod, then was unsettled in the post parade, wheeling and acting obstinate for several minutes when he came on the track.

"He's fine. He's lucky to be alive," said Bill Currin, Bashert's trainer and co-owner. "You can draw a line through that. You have good days and bad days, and that was a bad day. He got himself overstressed. With all he went through, I probably should have scratched him."