08/17/2001 11:00PM

Calder: Fappie's Notebook is back

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MIAMI - Fappie's Notebook served notice he will be a force to reckon with in the local handicap division when he returned from a four-month layoff and outfinished his uncoupled stablemate, Alice's Notebook, to post a half-length victory in Saturday's $60,000 Groomstick Handicap.

Fappie's Notebook, who had not started since winning Hialeah's

1 1/8-mile Seminole Handicap on April 15, settled nearly 10 lengths off the blistering pace of Kipperscope, who went the opening quarter and half-mile of the six-furlong race in 21.25 and 44.69 seconds. Alice's Notebook overtook Kipperscope near midstretch, but Fappie's Notebook finished strongly down the middle of the track despite not changing leads through the stretch to collar his stablemate in the final 40 yards.

Callie and Jake missed second by a nose after rallying from last in a field of eight older colts and geldings.

Fappie's Notebook paid $4.40 after covering six furlongs in 1:12.05 under Sebastian Madrid.

Fappie's Notebook "came up with a broken splint bone after the Seminole," said Manny Tortora, who trains both Fappie's Notebook and Alice's Notebook. "I really didn't want to bring him back going three-quarters, but I couldn't get any other race for him."

Fappie's Notebook gave Madrid a sweep of the afternoon's two stakes. Earlier in the day he guided Mr. Livingston to a three-quarters of a length victory over Special Coach in the $30,730 Ensign Ray Handicap on the turf.

The victory was the first for Mr. Livingston since he won Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes in February 2000. Mr. Livingston, who is owned by Teresa and David Palmer and trained by Bill Kaplan, paid $6.40 after covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.77 over firm turf.