05/15/2003 11:00PM

Bouwerie: More N.Y. notables?


ELMONT, N.Y. - No one would have guessed that Funny Cide and Spite the Devil, the one-two finishers in last fall's Sleepy Hollow for New York-bred juveniles, would go on to register longshot victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Withers on a memorable first Saturday in May for the New York-bred program.

So who knows - might this summer's Alabama winner be lurking somewhere in Sunday's $100,000-added Bouwerie Stakes?

The seven-furlong Bouwerie drew a field of seven 3-year-old New York-bred fillies, topped by Hanselina, who three weeks ago won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes, and Travelator, who won three of her first four starts, all at Aqueduct.

Hanselina breaks from the rail with Edgar Prado, and she is the 122-pound highweight. After returning from a layoff in April she won back-to-back starts out of the Big A chute at one mile.

"I'm a little bit concerned about backing her up to seven furlongs," said trainer Dominic Galluscio. "I think she's better going farther, but she blew out sharply for this," in a bullet half-mile workout last Monday, "and she did break her maiden at six furlongs."

Travelator, trained by Chris Englehart, drew right alongside Hanselina in post 2 with Aaron Gryder and will carry 120 pounds, as will Golden Damsel, the third-place finisher in the New York Stallion, who breaks from the outside and switches to Jerry Bailey.

Travelator's three wins have come by a collective 22-plus lengths, with her lone defeat being a runner-up finish immediately following her debut victory on Aqueduct's inner track. All of her races up to now have been at six furlongs.

"They're going to have to run fast to catch her," said Billy Terrill, son of former trainer Red Terrill and co-owner of Travelator. "I don't see the extra eighth of a mile being a problem."

Golden Damsel won three two-turn routes on the inner track by open lengths, and she was a game third behind Hanselina after taking part in a three-way battle for the lead last time out.

"I'm not sure seven-eighths is her best distance, but she's really at the top of her game right now," said trainer Gary Contessa.

Also in with 120 pounds are Biogio's Beauty (post 4, Shaun Bridgmohan) and The Name Was Gone (post 6, Mike Luzzi).

Carrying 116 pounds, and completing the field, are Lapis (post 3, Jorge Chavez) and Banker's Mint (post 5, Javier Castellano).