09/03/2003 11:00PM

'Business' plan may pay off

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It's a formula that is already proven for the Kagele Brothers ownership group: Claim a horse for $100,000 in Southern California, fly the horse to trainer Cole Norman, and point for stakes in this region. Their first success story was Pie N Burger, a $100,000 claim who in May won the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Their second could be I'm the Business, who will take on 120-pound highweight Golden Rhythm on Saturday in the $75,000 River Cities Handicap for fillies and mares at Louisiana Downs.

The race, at about 1 1/16 miles on turf, starts the annual Super Derby Festival, which features eight stakes through Sept. 21. The Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby is set for Sept. 20 and could be a showdown between Ten Most Wanted and Soto.

I'm the Business, a 6-year-old bred in New Zealand, finished a troubled fourth in a $100,000 optional claimer at Del Mar on July 13. She was claimed out of the race by the Kageles.

"I like her," said Norman. "I think she's coming into this race well. I just wish I had a little more time with her. We tried to get her here right after [her last race]. We got her Aug. 11."

Norman had to give I'm the Business several days to regroup from the flight and settle in, then he put a five-furlong work in her on Aug. 30. From a class standpoint, he likes how she fits Saturday.

"If you look at her record, she's done well," Norman said. "She's raced with some nice horses."

I'm the Business, a winner of four races and $278,070, has placed in graded stakes in Southern California, with her biggest career win coming in the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows. She is weighted at 114 and will be ridden by Gerard Melancon.

Golden Rhythm brings an imposing record into the River Cities. She has won stakes in her last two starts, her latest a neck score over Due to Win Again in the $50,000 Sangue Handicap at Louisiana Downs Aug. 16.

In addition to her sharp form, Golden Rhythm has a versatile running style. Kirk LeBlanc has the mount for Sandstone Racing Stable Partnership No. 14 and trainer Paul Murphy.

Due to Win Again, who missed by a neck to Bien Nicole in this race a year ago, will be ridden by Tim Doocy. She will be coupled in the wagering with Due to Win. The other entry in the eight-horse field is McKinney and Academic Angel.

The River Cities will be run as the sixth of 12 races Saturday.