09/11/2001 11:00PM

Buster's Daydream out for the year


ELMONT, N.Y. - Buster's Daydream, who won three graded juvenile stakes in New York and was being pointed to Sunday's Grade 1 Futurity at Belmont Park, will not run again this year, trainer Tim Tullock said Wednesday.

Tullock said he didn't like the way Buster's Daydream was training following his fourth-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Ellis Park Juvenile on Aug. 18.

"We're going to put him on the shelf for the rest of the year," said Tullock, who trains the colt for Stephen Barberino's S J Bee Stable. "I wasn't real happy with the way he breezed both times since he's run in Kentucky. He seems to be a little tired and run down, he's kind of asking for a break."

Tullock said Buster's Daydream lost weight and his coat looks "tired and worn."

Buster's Daydream, a son of champion sprinter Housebuster, won four of six starts this year including the Grade 3 Flash, Grade 3 Tremont and Grade 2 Sanford. Tullock said Buster's Daydream would be sent to Andrew Simoff's farm in Pennsylvania on Friday. Tullock was uncertain whether Buster's Daydream would begin his 3-year-old campaign in the Northeast or in south Florida.

Buster's Daydream may not be the only defection from the Futurity. With federal restrictions on air travel, it seems unlikely that California-based juveniles Essence of Dubai and Siphonic will be able to make it to New York for the race.

Among those considered definite for the Futurity are Gold Dollar, Heavyweight Champ, Incentive, Pure Precision, The Call of Duty and Thunderello.

Gourment Girl skips Ruffian

Trainer Pico Perdomo has decided not to send his Grade 1 winner, Gourmet Girl, to New York from California for Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park and will instead run in the $750,000 Beldame at Belmont on Oct. 6.

Perdomo said he preferred to wait for the Beldame because if Gourmet Girl runs well in the Grade 1 Beldame, he will keep her in New York for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff on Oct. 27.

"All three races would be too much," Perdomo said.

Even if Perdomo had wanted to come for the Ruffian, it was unlikely the transportation arrangements he had secured for his mare would have panned out. Gourmet Girl was booked on a flight from Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and air travel was still suspended at that time in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.

Uncertain plans for Burning Roma

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Tuesday that he was unhappy with the weight assigned Burning Roma for Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap and that he might not run.

Burning Roma was assigned 120 pounds in the Grade 2 Jerome by racing secretary Mike Lakow. Dutrow objected to the fact Scoprion, who won the Grade 1 Jim Dandy in August, was assigned two pounds less than Burning Roma.

"How do we give weight to Scorpion, who won a Grade 1 and we've only run in one graded race all year?" Dutrow said. "[Lakow] has his job to do and I respect he did what he thought he had to do, but there are other things I can do."

Dutrow said that if Burning Roma were kept out of the Jerome, another option would be to run his 3-year-old in the $300,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6.

In his last start, Burning Roma finished third in the Grade 1 Haskell, beaten a half-length by Point Given.