03/22/2003 1:00AM

Day's five wins include three stakes


FLORENCE, Ky. - If only because Lane's End Stakes day is the biggest of the year at Turfway Park, Saturday was quite an opportune time for Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day to come within one win of the track record for most wins on a single program.

Day prevailed with five of his seven mounts on the 12-race card, with three of his victories coming in stakes on the Lane's End undercard. His last winner came aboard Private Gold, the favorite in the $100,000 . Day narrowly missed a record-tying sixth victory when Eugene's Third Son finished a close second behind New York Hero in the Lane's End.

Private Gold, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Pat Byrne, edged away from Acceptable Venture to win the 1 1/16-mile Rushaway by a neck. Paula's Pride finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Acceptable Venture in a field of nine 3-year-olds.

Private Gold ($4.60) was always near the pace set by longshot Brush With Gold, but after gaining a share of the lead at the top of the stretch, "he was dogging it a touch," said Day. "I got into him, and he responded the right way." Private Gold finished in 1:45.43 over a fast track.

Byrne said that despite the win he still considers Private Gold "a cut below" the top candidates for the Kentucky Derby. He said the April 19 Coolmore Lexington Stakes is a possible next race, "depending on who goes in there."

Day also won the Queen and Hansel stakes, with his only other loss on the program coming with Fircroft in the Bourbonette.

Kris Prather holds the Turfway record for most wins in a day, six on Feb. 11, 2001.

Bourbonette: Favorite disqualified

Golden Marlin drew away from Adopted Daughter in deep stretch for an apparent victory in the $147,750 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes, but a subsequent stewards' inquiry and jockey's objection led to Golden Marlin's disqualification for interference.

Golden Marlin, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies, raced closest to front-running Adopted Daughter, ridden by Dean Butler, throughout the one-mile Bourbonette. With none of the others close, Golden Marlin edged away in the final furlong to finish 1 1/4 lengths in front, but after a lengthy inquiry, Adopted Daughter was declared the winner at a $13 mutuel. The stewards ruled Golden Marlin bore in and bothered Adopted Daughter.

Jason Lumpkins, who rode Golden Marlin, said he thought the stretch incident was "minor at best" and that the disqualification was unjustified.

Unbridled Femme finished third, 8 1/4 lengths behind Adopted Daughter, while Virgin Voyage was fourth. The winning time was 1:37.41.

Adopted Daughter, by Elusive Quality, is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Ronny Werner. The Bourbonette marked her third win from four career starts.

Queen: Belle Artiste by a whisker

With a furlong to run, Belle Artiste appeared to have very little chance to win the $50,000 Queen Stakes. She still had four fillies to pass, including Timeless Love and Ballado's Halo, both of whom made bold moves to forge to the front in deep stretch.

But with Day whipping right-handed, Belle Artiste, the 5-2 second choice, was up in the final jump to win by a nose over Timeless Love, the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine filly and mare sprinters. Ballado's Halo, a 29-1 shot, was just another nose back in third.

Belle Artiste ($7.40) is owned by John Peace and trained by Rusty Arnold. She finished six furlongs in 1:11.26.

* Quick Draw, made the odds-on favorite off a Gulfstream maiden win, edged clear under Day to win the $43,000 Hansel Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Clayton's Trick. Quick Draw, a Florida-bred owned by Overbrook Farm, may run next in a middle-distance 3-year-old race such as the Lafayette or Derby Trial, said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He finished six furlongs in 1:11.82.