06/06/2002 11:00PM

Dirt stakes winners Spin Zone and Carey's Gold try turf


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Spin Zone and Carey's Gold lead a group of stakes winners on the main track looking to parlay that success to the turf course in Sunday's undercard feature, the $50,000 Crank It Up Stakes at five furlongs for 3-year-olds.

Spin Zone, a $310,000 2-year-old purchase, ran second twice in maiden special weights here last year for trainer John Kimmel. Counting winning his maiden at The Meadowlands, Spin Zone has won three starts in a row. Spin Zone was moved to the barn of Ben Perkins Jr. in the winter at Aqueduct, and he responded with an impressive wire-to-wire win in the Fred Capossela Stakes for 3-year-olds last Jan. 21 at Aqueduct.

Spin Zone has been off since then, but surely has been primed for this race. He fired three straight four-furlong bullet workouts over the track heading into the race. Although his turf pedigree isn't that impressive, his speed could carry him to the finish line in front.

Turf races came off the grass Thursday through Saturday, so although the weather report is clear for the weekend, it is possible that the Crank It Up will be moved to the main track. If it is, Spin Zone will be tough to beat.

Carey's Gold was a multiple stakes winner at Calder as a 2-year-old for trainer Gary Contessa. But as a 3-year-old he has yet to return to the form he showed then.

He exits two poor performances in stakes on the dirt, but a turf try could be what puts him back on track. In his one turf start, a one-mile stakes at Calder, he flashed early speed before fading.

Numbers Man and Runaway Choice both have five-furlong turf wins on their resumes. Numbers Man, trained by co-leading trainer Eddie Broome, won the Morven Stakes on the turf at The Meadowlands last year.

Runaway Choice won his last start at Lone Star over a yielding turf, which might be the condition of the turf course here Sunday. He could be the horse that gives successful trainer Ronny Werner, stabled at Monmouth for the first time, his first win of the meet.

Lord Abounding, B K Dodger, Just Le Facts, Majestic Sir, Big Hearted Wayne, and Stormy Day complete the field. Nolovefortrucks is an alternate.

Drazin and Fortay go separate ways

Owner Dennis Drazin and trainer Peter Fortay split ways Thursday after ten years of working together. The seven horses that Fortay had for Drazin were sent to the barn of Jason Servis. Drazin was Fortay's only client.

"He's been struggling for longer than a year with his health," Drazin said Friday. "This past year he has not been able to get out to the barn as much. I didn't want to take the horses away but it came to be necessary."

Fortay could not be reached for comment.

"I wish Pete well," Drazin said. "I hope his health improves. We had a good relationship and a lot of success together."

Servis, a first-year trainer, already trains nine horses for Drazin, mostly 2-year-olds. Servis was an assistant to Fortay before opening up his own stable this winter at Aqueduct, with Drazin as his main owner.

Ticket to Freedom's future looks bright

On Thursday, trainer Bill Perry's Ticket to Freedom ran the quickest six furlongs of the meet in the seventh race, a $45,000 money allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Ticket to Freedom closed from last to first with a rail-skimming ride by Jose Velez Jr. to cross the wire in 1:09.59.

"He ran a monster race, no question," Perry said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do with him now, but with the way he ran we're thinking in terms of a stakes for him."