09/24/2002 11:00PM

D'Coach gets back to work

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ELMONT, N.Y. - A pair of 3-year-olds returning from long layoffs, a European shipper now in the hands of Bobby Frankel, and an unsettled forecast make for an interesting feature Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.

The seven-furlong allowance, for 3-year-olds and up who have never won two races, features the return of once-promising 3-year-olds D'Coach and Onthedeanslist.

D'Coach, trained by Shug McGaughey, was trying to work his way down the Triple Crown trail last spring when he suffered a knee chip while finishing a distant sixth in the Florida Derby. D'Coach underwent surgery to have the chip removed and, after ample time to recover, has been training steadily for his return.

"He's not a big horse, not going to be one, but I think he grew up some," McGaughey said. "He's breezed pretty well, and this is just a way to get started."

Ideally, McGaughey would like to use Friday's race as a prep for the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 23.

D'Coach, who shows a couple of bullet workouts leading up to this, will run on Lasix for the first time Friday.

Onthedeanslist established the Meadowlands track record for 5 1/2 furlongs (1:02.44) when he won his maiden at first asking last October. Off that performance, he was purchased privately by Team Valor Stables and transferred to trainer John Terranova. Onthedeanslist finished fifth in an optional claiming race at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, but hasn't been seen in the afternoon since.

Terranova said Onthedeanslist was suffering from growing pains and the decision was made to give him 90 days off and start over. A five-furlong workout in 59.60 seconds on Sept. 15 prompted Terranova to find a race for his colt.

"Once we started back with him we haven't hit any bumps in the road," Terranova said. "We're hoping he's a horse that'll stretch out."

Telesto, a son of Mr. Prospector, makes his U.S. and dirt debut after racing on turf in England for the first seven starts of his career. He is a half-brother to seven winners, most notably half-million dollar earner Chimes of Freedom, and has the pedigree to handle an off track.

A wet track may enhance the chances of Our Summer Storm, whose lone victory came over a sloppy Belmont track going seven furlongs in June. The horse he beat that day, This Guns for Hire, has won two races since and was scheduled to run in the Pegasus Handicap Friday night.

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