10/12/2001 11:00PM

Distaff news: Lazy Slusan likely done racing


ARCADIA, Calif. - The racing career of Lazy Slusan, who won two Grade 1 races this year, appears to be over.

On Friday, owner-trainer John Dolan said he was leaning toward not pre-entering Lazy Slusan on Monday for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27. Regardless of whether she runs in that race, she is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Nov. 5.

On Oct. 7, Lazy Slusan finished ninth of 10 in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, a key prep to the Breeders' Cup Distaff. "She threw in a clunker," Dolan said.

Lazy Slusan won the Santa Margarita and Milady handicaps, both Grade 1's, in Southern California earlier this year. During the summer, she was rated among the top fillies and mares in the nation. But the Spinster was her third consecutive defeat, and her worst performance of the year.

To enter the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Dolan would have to pay $40,000 in pre-entry and entry fees. He figures running her in the Distaff would cost another $10,000 in expenses.

"I'm debating whether to put the money up," Dolan said. "It's a little scary. I don't know what to do. For me that's a lot of money to gamble. I am on the conservative side."

Since the Spinster, Lazy Slusan has been based at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and has not been in training. Since being claimed by Dolan for $62,500 at Del Mar in July 2000, Lazy Slusan has won seven stakes. Overall, she's won 12 of 47 starts and $1,150,410.

"I'm happy," Dolan said. "It's been a fun ride."