03/10/2005 1:00AM

Dutrow goes to reserves


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Saturday's $75,000 Broadway Handicap would have been the ideal spot for trainer Richard Dutrow to bring Sugar Punch back to the races. But Sugar Punch, an undefeated New York-bred filly, is still recovering from knee surgery and won't be ready for a few more months.

So, Dutrow has gone to his bench for Gold Like U, who brings a two-race winning streak into the Broadway, for New York-bred fillies and mares. Originally scheduled to be run at seven furlongs on the main track, the Broadway will be run at six furlongs over the inner track.

That should suit Gold Like U just fine, as her two most recent victories have come at six furlongs over the inner track. Both victories have come since Dutrow claimed her for $50,000 last December, and both were against open company.

Gold Like U won her last two starts against New York-bred company while still in the barn of Mike Miceli. Dutrow said he didn't do anything dramatic with the filly.

"We just put her in the next logical spots," Dutrow said from Florida.

Despite Gold Like U's stellar record over the inner track, Dutrow said he would prefer the Broadway be run on the main track.

"I just like the main track better," Dutrow said.

Dutrow would also prefer there be more pace in the Broadway. High Peaks, who has been part of the pace and tired in three open-company stakes, may be the main speed in the Broadway.

Schemer finished only a head behind Gold Like U on Jan. 13, and has run second two more times since then. She gets a nice break in the weights and figures to be a stalking presence, and a price, in the Broadway.

"She's sharp right now, but she can be taken back and finish," Hertler said. "She's certainly held her own against open company allowance horses this winter.''

Travelator won the Garland of Roses over a muddy inner track in December. She has suffered from foot problems since then and finished a dull fifth in the Correction. She has to carry high weight of 122 pounds, a concession of five to 10 pounds to the remainder of the field.

Distinctive Kitten, Miss Smart Strike, Navaeh, and Fly With Karakorum complete the field.

Maddy's Lion playing catch-up

Maddy's Lion, the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes winner, worked four furlongs in 48.82 seconds Friday over Belmont Park's training track as he tries to play catch-up and make next weekend's Gotham Stakes.

Trainer John Pregman had long been planning to run in the Gotham, but the colt missed 10 days of training because of a leg infection. That ailment also forced him to miss the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes last month.

Pregman said that he plans to work Maddy's Lion again on Tuesday or Wednesday, and how well he breezes will determine if he makes the Gotham.

Pregman was pleased with Maddy's Lion's breeze on Thursday under jockey Rafael Bejarano, saying he was looking for a move of around 50 seconds.

"He worked very good. He did it like breaking sticks," Pregman said. "I just wanted to give him an easy work and come back with a more serious work on Tuesday or Wednesday. If we miss the Gotham, we miss it, but we're shooting for it."

Pregman said that if Maddy's Lion missed the Gotham, he could run March 26 in either the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park or the Private Terms at Laurel Park.

Byanosejoe, who is expected to run in the Gotham, worked five furlongs in 1:02.01 over Aqueduct's inner track.

Mayan King points to Lane's End

Mayan King, unbeaten in two starts, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.05 over Aqueduct's inner track Thursday morning. Trainer Gary Contessa said he is pointing Mayan King, a 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even, to the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park March 26.

Contessa had previously said he would consider running Mayan King in the Gotham if it was run around two turns. But Contessa said he'd prefer to run him nine furlongs in the Lane's End.

"I think he needs to progress a little further in distance," Contessa said. "Joe Bravo has committed to ride him, and I've won more races with him than any other jockey."

Mayan King, owned by a three-person partnership headed by entertainer David Cassidy, won a six-furlong race here on Jan. 28 and a one-mile allowance race on Feb. 26. He earned an Beyer Speed Figure of 86 in each race.

Contessa said Mayan King got his last quarter in 24 seconds on Thursday and galloped out a mile in 1:41 under exercise rider Edmund Feurtado. "Just an amazing work," Contessa said.

* Cativa, winner of the Barbara Fritchie Handicap in her last start, is being pointed to the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 26. Offlee Wild, second in the John Campbell Stakes in his last start, will make his next start in the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap here on April 2. Both horses are trained by Richard Dutrow Jr.