10/03/2001 12:00AM

Dixie Dot Com pointing to Mile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Dixie Dot Com may take an unconventional route to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

On Sunday, Dixie Dot Com starts against Tiznow and Skimming in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita, one of the top preps to the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont on Oct. 27.

But trainer Bill Morey insists that Dixie Dot Com is more likely to run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile on turf if he runs well in the Goodwood, which is over 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

"I'm not afraid to run him in the Mile," Morey said. "In either race, we'll be a longshot - we'll be double numbers - but he's shown he can run on turf."

Dixie Dot Com has earned more than $1 million on the main track, but is winless in three starts on turf. His best finish on turf was a second in the 1998 Hollywood Derby. He has not tried the surface since finishing a troubled eighth in the 1999 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Morey noted that Dixie Dot Com lost to some top-class horses on turf, and he said Dixie Dot Com is a better and healthier horse now than he was then.

A 6-year-old, Dixie Dot Com has not started since finishing second to Skimming in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 19. Earlier this year, he won two Grade 3 stakes at Lone Star Park - the Texas Mile and Lone Star Park Handicap.

It was only in the last few weeks that Morey decided to run Dixie Dot Com in the Goodwood. Morey intended to run Dixie Dot Com in the Kentucky Cup Classic last month at Turfway Park, but was forced to change plans when the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 disrupted the travel schedule.

Morey hoped that Dixie Dot Com would arrive a week before the race, but travel arrangements could not be finalized in time.

"It takes this horse a while to settle down," he said.

After problems with travel arrangements also eliminated a trip to New Jersey for the Meadowlands Cup last Friday, Morey settled on the Goodwood.

"I was trying to stay away from Skimming and Tiznow, but the world problems have affected everybody," Morey said. "But our problems seem small."

Tiznow is the defending champion in the Goodwood and will be the 124-pound highweight. Other probables include Freedom Crest, Tribunal, and Dig for It.

If Dixie Dot Com travels to Belmont Park for the World Thoroughbred Championships, he is likely to leave next week.

"I think if we can get him back there early enough and get a few works into him, he'll be all right," Morey said.

Morey says a Breeders' Cup start would be a tribute to Bart Heller, who co-owned Dixie Dot Com and died in mid-August. Dixie Dot Com is owned by Bart Heller's widow, Ronelle, and Donald and Carole Chaiken.

"It was a dream of the owner who died to run him in the Breeders' Cup and then retire him," Morey said. "We're trying to live out a man's dream. I trained for him for 17 years and this is what he would have loved to do."

Eddie D. may go 'Overboard'

Swept Overboard may have a new rider when he starts against a strong field in Saturday's $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Trainer Craig Dollase said Eddie Delahoussaye may replace Corey Nakatani, who could have obligations out of town on Saturday. Nakatani has been the regular rider of Swept Overboard since the 4-year-old was purchased in July 2000 for $700,000. In early 2000, Delahoussaye rode Swept Overboard to wins in the San Miguel and San Pedro stakes at Santa Anita.

Swept Overboard is using Saturday's race as a prep to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, a race that Dollase won in 1998 with Reraise.

"A good effort or a win would put us in a spot to go," Dollase said.

The Ancient Title is expected to draw a strong field, led by defending champion Kona Gold, the 127-pound highweight. Other probables include Lexicon, Freespool, and Forest Camp.

Forest Camp worked three furlongs in 33.60 seconds on Wednesday, the fastest of 29 works at the distance.

Dollase's import

Momentum, a stakes winner from England, will join Dollase's stable later this week after clearing quarantine. Dollase indicated Momentum was bought for a high six-figure price, a deal that looked a lot better after Summoner won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot against leading Breeders' Cup Mile hopeful Noverre last Saturday.

Momentum beat Summoner in the Strensall Stakes at York, England, over the summer

"We made the deal before that, so that was good news," Dollase said of Summoner's victory. "The price tag was up there, but now I think he's worth a lot more."

Momentum will be pointed for the Oak Tree Derby on Oct. 13.

"We bought him for the Oak Tree Derby and Hollywood Derby," Dollase said. "Long term, our goal is the Strub Series. He's bred for the dirt."

*Brisquette and Smart Start finished one-two as the favored entry in Wednesday's second race, an allowance race for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs. Brisquette returned $2.60 to win. The entry so dominated the betting in the field of six that it attracted $317,089 of the $325,650 bet to show, resulting in a minus show pool of $61,219.