09/23/2001 11:00PM

Colic clouds decision to run Macho Uno


ELMONT, N.Y. - Macho Uno, who was being pointed to Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, was battling colic last Saturday night and his connections may wait a week to run him in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Oct. 6.

"He had a minor bout with colic on Saturday evening, he trained Sunday and Monday, and I'm waiting to breeze him," Orseno said Monday afternoon. "We're re-thinking our plans from Ohio to the Jockey Club Gold Cup, although we are looking into a flight instead of a 10-hour van ride to Ohio."

Orseno credited veterinarian Steve Allday, who stayed with and treated Macho Uno for six hours Saturday night. After examining him Sunday morning, Allday told Orseno to jog him and on Monday, Macho Uno galloped. Orseno had planned to work Macho Uno either Sunday or Monday and van him to Cleveland the following day.

Macho Uno, who won the Pennsylvania Derby impressively on Sept. 3, breezed 10 days after that race and five days after that he open galloped a strong mile in 1:51, according to Orseno.

"I have enough into him to go into the Ohio Derby, but he was a little dehydrated and I put him on the scale and he lost a little bit of weight," Orseno said. "We're looking to see if it's the right thing to run in the Ohio Derby or wait for the Jockey Club."

Orseno was also waiting to hear back from the management at Tex Sutton about a possible Thursday flight to Cleveland.

While Gary Stevens would ride Macho Uno in the Ohio Derby, Stevens has committed to ride Albert the Great in the Gold Cup. Jerry Bailey, who rode Macho Uno to victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is committed to ride Aptitude in that race. Orseno said he would worry about the rider situation at a later date.

Starine will run in Flower Bowl

After watching his bevy of Breeders' Cup candidates put in workouts over the weekend, trainer Bobby Frankel, said, "I wish it was the Breeders' Cup coming up instead of the preps for the Breeders' Cup."

Six of the horses that Frankel could run in this year's World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 were on the track Sunday for timed workouts and each one brought a smile to Frankel's face. Among the stars of the morning was Starine, who was credited for a five-furlong move in 1:01.78 that earned her

a spot in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational, New York's final prep for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Following her monster win in the Grade 2 Diana on closing day at Saratoga, Frankel said he would train Starine up to the Breeders' Cup. But, after watching her train, Frankel, who also owns the 4-year-old French-bred filly, changed his mind.

"She looks great, she's training great, it's a Grade 1. I breezed her [Sunday] for the first time since the [Diana] and she breezed great," Frankel said. "I might as well put nothing up instead of $90,000 and we'll see how she runs."

Frankel was referring to the fact that he must put up a $90,000 supplemental fee to run Starine in the Breeders' Cup. As an invitational, there is no fee to run in the Flower Bowl.

Following the publication of an alternate list of invitees by the New York Racing Association, the Flower Bowl field is expected to include Babae, Chaste, England's Legend, Lailani, and possibly Penny's Gold, Peu a Peu, Spook Express, and Tweedside.

Among the other Breeders' Cup horses Frankel worked on Sunday were Aptitude (Classic), Lido Palace (Classic), Flute (Distaff), You (Juvenile Fillies), and Timboroa (Turf).

Frankel said he was most impressed with Aptitude, who went six furlongs in 1:11.72, the fastest of six moves at the distance. Aptitude is scheduled to run next in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup here Oct. 6.

Flute, who will run in the Beldame on the same day, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.45. You, headed to the Frizette, also on Oct. 6, went six furlongs in 1:13.82 while Lido Palace, the Whitney and Woodward winner, went four furlongs in 49.18 seconds. No decision has yet been made on whether he will be supplemented to the Classic for $800,000. Timboroa breezed six furlongs in 1:13.80 and will run in Saturday's Grade 1 $750,000 Turf Classic

Invitational.Frankel said Squirtle Squirt came out of his second-place finish in Saturday's Grade 1 Vosburgh in good shape and will be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Albert fires Jockey Club bullet

Albert the Great, the defending Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, drilled five furlongs in 59.25 seconds Monday morning over Belmont's main track in preparation for this year's Gold Cup. It was the fastest of 43 recorded works at the distance.

"I would have preferred he went in a minute, but he did it on his own," said trainer Nick Zito, who added that he would come back with another workout next Monday.

Zito also plans to run A P Valentine in the Gold Cup. On Saturday, he breezed five furlongs in 103.27 at Saratoga.

Showcase Day benefits NY Heroes

NYRA announced it would contribute all admission revenue from New York Showcase Weekend (Oct. 20-21) to the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund.

The fund was established to raise money for families of slain firefighters, police officers, and emergency workers involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

New York Showcase Weekend features seven stakes for New York-bred horses. Previously, NYRA and the Breeders' Cup had announced their intention to donate a portion of the revenue from World Thoroughbred Championships Day (Oct 27) to that fund.