06/25/2002 11:00PM

Classic news: Mott out, Mr. Mellon in, invaders en route


CHICAGO - One possible supplemental nominee is in, the other is out, and two Californians were due to arrive here by plane on Wednesday. That's how it stands for Saturday's Grade 2, $175,000 Arlington Classic, the most prestigious stakes staged so far at this meet.

The Classic starts the Mid-America Triple, a three-race series for 3-year-old turf horses that culminates in the Grade 1 Secretariat. The series is not linked, however, by any financial incentive.

Trainer Bill Mott has won three of the last four Classics, including the last two, with Baptize in 2001 and King Cugat in 2000. But Wednesday, Mott said he had decided not to supplement Patrol to the race and would instead point Patrol to the Nick Shuk Memorial Stakes on July 1 at Delaware Park.

"The timing and everything is better," Mott said.

Orchard Park, Mott's Jefferson Cup winner, is pointing for a stakes race at Colonial Downs, which means Mott won't have a chance to win his third straight Classic.

"We definitely hope to have something for the [Secretariat]," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mellon, second to Orchard Park in the Jefferson Cup on June 8 at Churchill, will be supplemented to the Classic at a cost of $8,000, trainer Elliott Walden said Wednesday. Mr. Mellon, who was under consideration for the Kentucky Derby this spring, had never raced on turf before the Jefferson Cup.

"I was very pleased with his race there," said Walden. "Mott's horse is on top of his game."

Arlington's leading rider, Rene Douglas, will ride Mr. Mellon, Walden said.

The Southern California-based trainer Wally Dollase has two European imports for the Classic, both of whom were scheduled to arrive here Wednesday. One is Doc Holiday, who won the Grade 3 Will Rogers in his last start and should be one of the favorites Saturday. The other is Stonemason, owned by Arlington chairman Dick Duchossois, who is set to make his first start in the United States.

The rest of the likely starters are: Scooter Roach, Jeremiah Jack, Seainsky, Cappuchino, and February Storm. Camp David and Robin Zee are possible for the race.

Jeremiah Jack, Cappuchino work

Turf works by stakes nominees are permitted here Wednesday, and the connections of Jeremiah Jack and Cappuchino sent their horses out for half-mile breezes. With the dogs set far out in the turf course, Jeremiah Jack, who could be favored in the Classic, breezed a half-mile in 51.60 seconds, while Cappuchino was clocked in 51 seconds, the fastest of five four-furlong grass works.

Randy Meier, who rides Cappuchino for the first time, was aboard for Wednesday's work, which pleased trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

"He went really well," Hollendorfer said. "He was handling the grass. The dogs were way out, and I got him galloping out really well, too."

Cappuchino bounced back from a seventh-place finish in the Lone Star Derby to win by a head June 9 in the Round Table at Bay Meadows, his first start on turf.

U S S Tinosa goes on the shelf

Hollendorfer revealed that U S S Tinosa has been taken out of training and turned out, probably for about 90 days. U S S Tinosa had originally been pointed for the Arlington Classic before suffering a training setback earlier this month, which led Hollendorfer to bring Cappuchino in for the race.

U S S Tinosa finished fifth in the Santa Anita Derby, and his connections tried to start him in the Kentucky Derby, but he was excluded from the race because he lacked graded stakes earnings. He then finished sixth in the Preakness Stakes.

U S S Tinosa worked a half-mile in 47 seconds here June 20. Hollendorfer said the colt wasn't injured in that breeze. "It's a minor problem that I think had been getting worse over time," he said.

Twitch N Shout to stay at Arlington

The 2-year-old filly Twitch N Shout had been under consideration for stakes races in Canada and Kentucky, but trainer Tom Swearingen said she is staying put and is likely to run next at Arlington.

Twitch N Shout has started only once, but her debut was a corker. In a May 19 maiden race at Hawthorne she showed exceptional gate speed, opening a five-length lead by the first call of a 4 1/2-furlong race, and she went on to win by almost seven lengths, despite racing greenly.

"She's still kind of immature," Swearingen said. "I think she's got a lot ahead of her, and I didn't want to knock her out now shooting for just one race."

Twitch N Shout has worked twice since her win, including a five-eighths gate breeze over a muddy track on June 12.