07/28/2003 12:00AM

During adds speed to Jim Dandy mix


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The complexion of Sunday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes changed Monday morning after trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that he is sending During to Saratoga for the Grade 2 race.

During's presence should help assure a realistic pace in the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy. In the Grade 2 Swaps

at Hollywood Park July 13, During set the pace, was headed by both Ten Most Wanted and Eye of the Tiger in early stretch, and then reasserted himself to post a courageous head win.

During worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 Monday morning at Del Mar with exercise rider Dana Barnes up. Baffert has secured the services of jockey Pat Day for the Jim Dandy.

"He went nice and easy this morning," Baffert said. "I want to see what we've got with him. He's on top of his game right now so we'll see how he fares against those horses."

During will be flown to New York Wednesday.

The addition of During assures a field of at least six for the Jim Dandy. Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker tops a lineup that also figures to include Strong Hope, Nacheezmo, Tafaseeel, and Congrats. Christine's Outlaw remain questionable.

Strong Hope led throughout to post a neck decision over Nacheezmo in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes, and the prospective pace scenario for the Jim Dandy was one of the major reasons trainer Todd Pletcher decided to keep his steadily improving colt here Sunday rather than ship to Monmouth for the $1 million Haskell.

"Naturally I'd rather During wasn't coming," Pletcher said after learning of Baffert's decision. "But I still think he'll be chasing my horse into the first turn."

Strong Hope worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 Sunday morning with Angel Cordero Jr. aboard in his final prep for the Jim Dandy.

"He worked super and galloped out strongly," Pletcher said. "He's improved a little bit with every start but this will be his first time around two turns and first time going a mile and one-eighth, and the water gets a little deeper every time you go over there."

Nacheezmo, who rallied from more than a dozen lengths off the lead to just miss catching Strong Hope in the Dwyer, also worked Sunday, breezing six furlongs in 1:12.92.

Dynever passing weekend stakes

Dynever, who has not started since finishing fourth behind Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes, worked five furlongs in 49.83 over the Oklahoma training track Sunday but will not participate this weekend in either the Jim Dandy or the $1 million Haskell Invitational.

"He's working well and is back in good shape," trainer Christophe Clement said. "The Belmont took a little bit out of him and I thought it was safer to give him a little time rather than rush him back to make either of these races. I'll work him once or twice more and then start looking for a race for him."

Swift workout for Zavata; Amsterdam next

Zavata turned in one of the most impressive works on Sunday's tab when he zipped five furlongs in 58.72 seconds in preparation for Saturday's Grade 2 Amsterdam.

"I wasn't concerned as much with the time of the work as the style in which he did it," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "He went the first three furlongs in 35 and change then came home in 23. Just perfect."

Zavata moved to the top of his division at this time last year following three straight one-sided victories that included a 7 1/4-length triumph in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special. But after Zavata finished third as the 2-5 favorite here in the Hopeful and was eased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Biancone gave Zavata time off to regroup.

"We knew after the Breeders' Cup that he was strictly a sprinter and had no shot of going on the Derby trail," Biancone said. "So we let him muscle up and get ready for the second part of the year."

A strong field of 3-year-old sprinters is taking shape for the six-furlong Amsterdam, headed by Posse, a winner of his last three starts including the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup. Other prospective starters include Bishop Court Hill, Great Notion, Mt. Carson, Scrimshaw, Super Fuse, Trust N Luck, and Valid Video.

Posse worked a half-mile in 48.40 over the training track Monday.

Zenda wins, possible for Beverly D.

Overshadowed by Sightseek's impressive performance in Sunday's Grade 1 Go for Wand Stakes was the return of her stablemate Zenda, who registered an easy victory over second-level allowance competition one race earlier.

Zenda, a Group 1 winner in Europe, was making her first start since finishing eighth in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

"She was only about 70 percent fit for this race," said trainer Bobby Frankel. "It was a good race to get her going again."

Frankel said the Beverly D. could be Zenda's next race.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman