05/31/2003 11:00PM

Best Minister workout postponed


ELMONT, N.Y. - Heavy, persistent rain Saturday night and into Sunday morning resulted in minimal training at Belmont Park on Sunday morning and forced Ken McPeek, the trainer of Sir Barton Stakes winner Best Minister, to postpone a scheduled workout until at least Monday morning.

Best Minister still had an enthusiastic gallop over a sloppy Belmont Park main track on a cold, raw morning. McPeek said the colt would work after the renovation break Monday morning, but said he would consider waiting until Tuesday if the track condition is unacceptable.

"He'll probably work Monday," McPeek said.

Out at Hollywood Park in California, Outta Here worked one mile on the turf in 1:43.80. Bill Currin, the trainer and co-owner of Outta Here, said he would not make a definitive decision on whether to run in the Belmont until Monday.

"He worked okay. The dogs were way out," Currin said. "I want to wait and see how he cools out. I'll make a decision Monday. We need to decide whether we want to go to New York or wait our turn here."

Outta Here has been listed only as possible for the race. At present, there are seven confirmed runners -- Best Minister, Dynever, Empire Maker, Funny Cide, Scrimshaw, Supervisor, and Ten Most Wanted -- and two possibles, Midway Road and Outta Here.

Midway Road is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Monday.

Funny Cide is scheduled to work at Belmont on Tuesday.

The Belmont field will be drawn on Wednesday morning.