07/06/2001 12:00AM

Can Sumitas sustain Frankel roll?


What can trainer Bobby Frankel do for an encore?

Last weekend Frankel, the second-leading trainer in the country in money won with $4.7 million to Bob Baffert's $10.3 million, captured two Grade 1's via disqualification. The Frankel-trained Senure was put up in the $500,000 United Nations, as was Aptitude in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. Frankel also finished second with Lido Palace in the $500,000 Suburban.

The stakes are not as high Sunday at Delaware Park when Frankel sends out Sumitas in the $150,000 Caesar Rodney Handicap, but it appears he could pull off another stakes win.

Ten older males entered the 1 1/16-mile Caesar Rodney Handicap on the grass, with Where's Taylor an early scratch Friday.

Sumitas finished fourth against a tough field in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on June 9 at Belmont Park. It was the 5-year-old's first start in this country after campaigning in Europe for three years.

The 1 1/4-mile Manhattan was Sumitas's first race since March 24 and it was a good effort. He finished behind the 3 1/4-length winner Forbidden Apple and runner-up King Cugat, a pair of tough competitors, who were entered in Saturday's $150,000 Bowling Green at Belmont.

Sumitas ran for his European trainer Peter Schiergen in the Manhattan and was turned over to Frankel after the race.

A major knock against Sumitas is that he is without a win since May of 1999. Sumitas began his career with five consecutive wins in Germany, but since then has failed to reach the winner's circle in 13 starts, many of which came in Group 1 company.

With Kent Desormeaux coming in from California to ride Sumitas, it appears Frankel is serious about his horse's chances.

Pavillon will get some play after his upset in the Grade 3 Red Bank. The Red Bank ended a long losing streak for Pavillon and came over a soft course, which appears to be a condition he favors.

Lightning Paces, the likely speed, is 2 for 5 on turf, might be better on dirt.

If he starts, In Frank's Honor will do so on short rest. He ran second to Affirmed Success in Wednesday's one-mile Poker at Belmont.