11/05/2003 12:00AM

Door number 1, 2, or 3?


MIAMI - There will be six stakes worth $1 million in purses on the Florida Millions program a week from Saturday, and trainer Myra Mora has Tour of the Cat nominated to three of those events.

One is the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap, a race Tour of the Cat won a year ago with a game three-quarter-length victory over My Cousin Matt.

But despite being the defending champion, Tour of the Cat is unlikely to show up in the Jack Dudley, which is Mora's third preference for the versatile gelding. He is more likely to run either in the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic or the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.

"I haven't decided which race he'll run in just yet," Mora said Wednesday. "I want to take a look at the past performances of all the races before making a choice, although I'm leaning towards one of the two longer races. He's won his last two starts going long, and I think I can keep him sounder longer around two turns."

Mora said the weather forecast may go a long way toward deciding Tour of the Cat's destination.

"If it looks like the Bonnie Heath has a chance of coming off the turf, I'll probably go there, because it would become the easier spot," Mora said. "I can enter him in both distance races and wait until race day to make a final choice, although that would mean an added expense to the owners."

It costs $2,000 to enter the Carl G. Rose and $1,500 to enter the Bonnie Heath.

Short or long, turf or dirt, Tour of the Cat has done it all for Mora and Double G. Stable, the gelding's owners. A 5-year-old son of Tour d'Or, Tour of the Cat has posted a 10-9-5 mark from 31 starts while earning more than $750,000 in his career. He has won stakes at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on dirt and has finished worse than third just once in 11 starts on grass.

This has been the best season yet for Tour of the Cat, a somewhat fragile sort who has been plagued by foot problems. In February he won the Grade 2 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap at Gulfstream Park. After tailing off a bit during the summer, he returned to win the Miami Breeders' Cup and Spend a Buck handicaps, both Grade 3 races around two turns.

"I'm always fighting with his feet, but I've changed his bedding to peat moss, and that really seems to have made a difference," said Mora. "And right now he's as good as he's ever been."

Ivanavinalot ready for comeback

Ivanavinalot worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Tuesday and is scheduled to launch her comeback Saturday in an overnight handicap carded for a mile on the turf.

Ivanavinalot has not started since finishing sixth as the 1-2 favorite in the Office Queen Stakes on June 14. Trainer Kathleen O'Connell sent the 3-year-old filly home to owner-breeder Gil Campbell's farm in Ocala for a brief freshening after the Office Queen, but Ivanavinalot has been back in training here since early September.

"She worked great [Tuesday]," O'Connell said. "A little too fast, but sometimes she can be deceiving because she has such a long stride. I'd really like to run her exclusively on the grass for the time being, although she'll probably go turf or dirt on Saturday, because she's ready and needs to run."