02/15/2002 12:00AM

Dutrow again has a live one in John B. Campbell


Saratoga Games and Private Ryan, two horses coming off powerful races in Maryland, are the headliners in Sunday's $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap for older males at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Campbell carries a $25,000 statebred purse supplement for the two eligible Maryland-breds in the 11-horse field, Saratoga Games and Really Irish.

Saratoga Games, who breaks from the rail, has been training sharply for his first start since winning the 1 1/8-mile Northern Dancer by eight lengths at Laurel Park on Nov. 24. Last year, he had a solid season for trainer Tony Dutrow and Saratoga Friends Stable.

A 4-year-old colt, Saratoga Games won 5 of 10 starts and was second on four occasions. He won $330,940, thanks in part to second-place finishes in the $500,000 West Virginia Derby and the $314,000 Indiana Derby.

Saratoga Games looks like he is in a good spot to give Dutrow, who has a tremendous record in stakes during the last year, another stakes victory.

Mario Pino, aboard for all but one of Saratoga Games's races last year, has the mount. Without a lot of speed in here, Saratoga Games, who carries 116 pounds, should be close to the pace.

Private Ryan shoots for his sixth straight win in the Campbell. In his last, Private Ryan turned in a career-best performance winning the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park on Jan. 21 by three lengths. Private Ryan's time in the 1 1/8-mile race was 1:49, which earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 109, the highest of the 5-year-old's career.

Before the Native Dancer, Private Ryan, who is trained by Tim Tullock, won four consecutive optional claimers, ranging in price from $14,000 to $40,000. Private Ryan was not entered to be claimed in any those races.

Private Ryan is a perfect 2 for 2 at the Campbell distance and is undefeated in three starts at Laurel.

Harry Vega rides Private Ryan, who drew post 4 and should be among the early leaders.

The main speed, Top Official, is saddled with an outside post for the short run into the turn. Last year, Top Official, who is stabled at Belmont Park with trainer Leah Gyarmati, won the Campbell but was disqualified for interference.

Coyote Lakes, another New York shipper and the 119-pound Campbell highweight, is a better horse going longer.