09/12/2003 12:00AM

Captain Squire heading East

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POMONA, Calif. - Captain Squire, one of the top sprinters in California, will leave the state for his next start and possibly skip the Breeders' Cup Sprint altogether. Trainer Jeff Mullins said Friday that Captain Squire was aiming for the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh on Sept. 27 at Belmont Park, forsaking the Grade 1 Ancient Title on Oct. 5 at Santa Anita.

"The Ancient Title will be tougher than [the Vosburgh], and it's only $250,000," Mullins said. "He's on the bubble to get into the Breeders' Cup anyway. If he wins the Vosburgh, we might just be satisfied with that."

Captain Squire endured a tough trip and finished sixth in a Sept. 1 mile race at Del Mar, but previously finished second to Beau's Town in the Grade 2 Bing Crosby at six furlongs. The 117 Beyer Speed Figure that Captain Squire earned Jan. 25 still ranks as the year's fifth-highest sprint Beyer.

Mullins finished second in the Del Mar standings with 15 winners from 53 starters, and figures to have a big meet at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Fairplex Park. Mullins's sprinter King Robyn was favored to win the Foothill Stakes on Friday.

Earlier Friday, Mullins trainees Denied and Top Spinner worked out. Denied, who will tackle Reba's Gold in the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap on Sept. 28, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 under jockey Ryan Fogelsonger. Top Spinner, a contender for the $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap on Sept. 26, worked five furlongs in 1:02.20, also under Fogelsonger.

Bluesthestandard work raises hopes

If he was not overqualified to race at Fairplex, graded stakes winner Bluesthestandard would be right at home on the five-eighth-mile track. In his first workout on the comeback trail, Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Bluesthestandard whistled three furlongs Friday in 34 seconds.

"Coming off a bad race, you like to see that," said Ted West, who trains the horse with his son, Ted H. West. "He's acting like a million dollars."

Bluesthestandard finished seventh as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap on Aug. 17 at Del Mar, casting doubt on his status for the BC Sprint. West said Bluesthestandard came out of the race sick. His Friday work was a step forward, and he will make his next start Oct. 5 in the Ancient Title at Oak Tree.

"He'll have four works, which will be plenty for him," West said. "He's a good-feeling horse with a high metabolism."

Bluesthestandard is owned by Jeffrey Sengara, who told West he will put up the $90,000 supplement to make him eligible for the Sprint.

Stute's induction pushed up a day

A ceremony to induct trainer Mel Stute into the Fairplex Park Hall of Fame has been moved forward a day, to Sept. 27. Stute, the all-time leading trainer at the Los Angeles County Fair with 172 wins, will become the first inductee into the Hall of Fame. Stute will be honored in a brief ceremony preceding the $100,000 Pomona Derby.

Stute will be presented with a bronze trophy, and fellow trainers Jerry Fanning and Ted West will pay tribute to Stute in short speeches. Fanning and West are the second- and third-leading trainers at the Fair with 137 and 136 wins, respectively. In addition to his 172-win total, Stute has trained the most stakes winners (42) at the Los Angeles County Fair, and has led the standings seven times.

Fogelsonger, Frazier get rolling

While most top riders in Southern California take a hiatus during the Los Angeles County Fair, two recent arrivals - Fogelsonger and Ricky Frazier - hope the Fairplex Park meet provides a transition to the big time when the major circuit kicks off later this month. Fogelsonger has gained early momentum, and the 22-year-old is confident his business will increase after horsemen watch him ride on a regular basis.

"That's what everybody is waiting for, to see me ride and make sure the hype is at least close to the truth," Fogelsonger said, smiling.

Fogelsonger began riding in March 2002, and won the Eclipse Award as leading apprentice rider that year. The enthusiastic rider has landed stakes mounts from trainer Mullins, and he was scheduled to ride contender Infinite Faith in $50,000 Phil D. Shepherd Stakes on Saturday, and Brite Sunny Day in the $50,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes on Sunday.

Frazier, who has ridden 2,490 winners, expects business to start slowly until local trainers become familiar with him.

"You only get one shot here," he said. "That's why I rode a month at Retama before coming here, to get my weight down and my timing. I'll have some clients by Oak Tree, and I think I can be in the top 10 by Hollywood Park."

Frazier spent much of the past year working in the movie business. He was Toby McGuire's stunt double in "Seabiscuit," which took 5 1/2 months, and worked 2 1/2 months as McGuire's double on "Spiderman 2." Frazier is represented by Ray Kravagna, who plans to retire next month.