07/04/2005 11:00PM

Dirt sprint the Rx for Doctor Voodoo


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Doctor Voodoo gets back to basics Thursday at Monmouth Park in the second of two divisions of the $44,000 allowance feature.

In the eighth race, Doctor Voodoo faces allowance company for the first time since August. The 3-year-old Doctor Voodoo has run in six stakes since then with mixed success going long and short, turf and dirt.

The winner of last year's Rockhill Native Stakes at Monmouth, Doctor Voodoo has not been competitive in three starts this year. Thursday's race will be a return to fundamentals: six furlongs on the main track.

Doctor Voodoo is the youngest member of the field. Judge's Case sits at the opposite end of the age spectrum at 8. Judge's Case can still run, too. He won at this level last time out and returns via the $45,000 claiming option.

Been Wavering could bounce following an off-the-charts 14-length victory last time in a $22,000 claimer that resulted in a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 105. If he does not regress, Been Wavering will be very tough to catch.

In the other division, the seventh race, Gold Gunner should be tighter in his second start following a layoff.

He was a bit fractious in the starting gate and ran an even fourth in his last race. Joe Bravo, the meet's leading rider, has the return call.

Tarrant not pushing Indy Wind

A colt like Indy Wind makes any owner or trainer think long and hard about Monmouth Park's $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 7.

So far, Amy Tarrant, the owner and trainer of the unbeaten Indy Wind, hasn't caught Haskell fever.

"It's fun to be in position to contemplate these things," Tarrant said. "We're talking about only two races but, right now, this horse makes you feel he can do many different things."

Indy Wind has shown multiple dimensions in his two starts, both at Monmouth.

He debuted on June 11 in a six-furlong maiden race, where he was shuffled to last in the 11-horse field before erasing a 13-length deficit with a crisp winning rally.

Stepping up to allowance company for a two-turn test on Saturday, Indy Wind shot to the lead under Chris DeCarlo. He shook off early pressure to pull away to a 10 1/4-length victory and a heady Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

Patience has been a hallmark of Tarrant in only her third year as a trainer. Indy Wind, a $150,000 yearling purchase, did not race at 2 because "in my judgment, he wasn't ready to run," Tarrant said.

Having invested so much time in the colt, Tarrant will not hustle Indy Wind into the Haskell unless she believes it is the right move at the right time.

The logical next step would be Monmouth's Grade 3 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes, the track's traditional Haskell prep, on July 16.

That's a little close to last weekend's race for Tarrant's taste.

An appearance in the Long Branch would not necessarily signal a commitment to the Haskell.

"There you would face hard-knocking, well-campaigned horses, and mine's a baby," Tarrant said. "We feel we've got a very special horse and we want to do the right thing."

Tarrant suffered a setback when Habiboo came down with an upper respiratory infection that will keep her out of Saturday's Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap here.

The 4-year-old Habiboo ran third last summer in the Grade 2 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks.