07/25/2002 11:00PM

Biancone has two more big guns in arsenal


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Patrick Biancone doesn't expect Whywhywhy's victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes to be his last stakes victory of the meet.

Friday morning, both Mayakovsky and Zavata indicated they are ready to get Biancone's picture taken a few more times with solid workouts over Saratoga's main track.

Mayakovsky, who set the Saratoga 5 1/2-furlong track record winning his maiden last July, worked four furlongs in 47.42 seconds, the fastest of 46 moves at the distance. Mayakovsky will make his next start in next Saturday's $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes, a prep for the Grade 1 King's Bishop on Aug. 24 in which Mayakovsky could meet Came Home. Mayakovsky finished second to Came Home in last year's Hopeful here.

"I never had him as well as I have him now," Biancone said of Mayakovsky.

Mayakovsky, who won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in his 3-year-old debut, has not been out since finishing fourth behind Came Home in the Santa Anita Derby on April 6. Mayakovsky was entered in the Derby Trial, but was scratched when the track came up sloppy.

At that point, the decision was made to concentrate on sprinting. Mayakovsky was being pointed to the Riva Ridge at Belmont Park, but Biancone was not happy with the way he was training and opted to freshen him up and sent him to Saratoga.

Biancone said Mayakovsky trained "crabby" at Belmont, and believes it may have something to do with the fact the horse got hurt over that track last fall.

"I know this sounds stupid, but I think he remembered this was where he got his accident," Biancone said. "He came up here and he changed immediately. He's gone back to relaxing."

Prior to working Mayakovsky, Biancone sent out Zavata for a four-furlong move in 47.62 seconds, the second fastest move at the distance. Zavata, who won the Tremont at Belmont, is being pointed to the Saratoga Special on Aug. 14.

"He was very aggressive," Biancone said of Zavata's work. "He might have been jealous of the other one."

The other one is Whywhywhy, who came out of his Sanford victory in good order, according to Biancone. Whywhywhy will not run in the Saratoga Special, and Biancone said he would wait before deciding which one to run in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Aug. 31.

Lido Palace fires Whitney bullet

Just before Mayakovsky charged through the lane, 2001 Whitney Handicap winner Lido Palace worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 under Rudy Rodriguez. The final time was the fastest of 25 at the distance and should have Lido Palace primed to repeat his Whitney victory next Saturday.

Lido Palace will enter the Whitney off a second-place finish to E Dubai in the Suburban Handicap. Frankel believes that losing that race may help Lido Palace down the road.

"I know Jerry [Bailey] didn't think he rode a real good race last time,'' said Frankel, who has named Jorge Chavez to ride because Bailey will ride Street Cry. "If I can win the Whitney, it might end up being a blessing in disguise that he didn't have a real hard race or didn't run one of his best races in the Suburban. It looks like he bounced out of the race great."

Frankel said his biggest fear in the Whitney is the prospect of Left Bank getting loose on the lead. The Whitney is also expected to attract Street Cry, Macho Uno, and Unshaded.

"I'm almost more scared of Left Bank," Frankel said. "The only knock on him is he's coming quick after such a big race."

Left Bank set a Belmont track record for seven furlongs when he won the Tom Fool Handicap on July 4 in 1:20.17.

Hennig politiks for Honorable Miss

The way Mark Hennig sees it, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Hennig is referring to the weight spread between his filly Gold Mover and champion Xtra Heat for the upcoming Honorable Miss Stakes on Friday. The spread between the two fillies was 12 pounds when Xtra Heat beat Gold Mover a neck in the Vagrancy at Belmont and when Gold Mover beat Xtra Heat by one-half length in the Princess Rooney on July 13 at Calder.

"They didn't finish very far apart either time," Hennig said. "It seems like the right spread to me unless you're a racing secretary trying to attract a horse."

Both Hennig and John Salzman, trainer of Xtra Heat, have said they would not run their horses if they were unhappy with the weight assignments which were due out Saturday. Other options for both horses include the $125,000 Straight Deal Stakes at Laurel on Aug. 10 or the $125,000 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup the same day.

Meanwhile, Hennig watched Gold Mover breeze a faster-than-anticipated 48.17 seconds for four furlongs on Friday morning. Shine Again, who is also being pointed to the Honorable Miss, worked four furlongs in 49.42 seconds.

Snafu prevents bets from being accepted

Saratoga lost an estimated $200,000 in wagers on the fourth race on Thursday when the placing judges accidentally issued a stop-betting command approximately two minutes before the gates opened and one minute before the official post time, officials said.

Officials were able to override the stop-betting command ontrack, but all other sites in the betting network, including all out-of-state locations, were shut out, from Oregon to New York City. On-line betting operations were also down.

The majority of bets are placed within the last two minutes before a race, but the New York Racing Association did not appear to suffer too greatly from the mistake. The fourth race, a six-furlong allowance that had six runners, had total handle of approximately $968,000, even with the snafu.

According to Jim Gallagher, NYRA's vice president of parimutuel operations, the placing judges believed they were clearing the tote board of old data when they inadvertently issued the command.

- additional reporting by Matt Hegarty