04/20/2003 11:00PM

Dutrow to keep Cyber Secret busy


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Dutrow isn't crazy about the idea of running Cyber Secret four times in 10 weeks. But he said he wouldd have to be crazier still not to point Cyber Secret to the $200,000, Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on May 10.

Dutrow said Cyber Secret came out of her 5 1/2-length victory over 2-year-old filly champion Storm Flag Flying in Friday's Comely Stakes in good order. The Nassau County is the second-richest seven-furlong race restricted to 3-year-old fillies on the New York calendar. The Grade 1 Test, run July 26 at Saratoga, is worth $250,000.

"What I think we should do is have her ready for the Nassau County," Dutrow said Monday.

"If we wait for the Acorn," Dutrow said of the Grade 1 race run at one mile on June 6, "and it comes up sloppy or muddy then we've missed two spots. I think seven-eighths is her best distance and it's $200,000; we'd have to be idiots not to look at this race."

Cyber Secret, a daughter of Cyberspace, added the Grade 3 Comely to a rŽsumŽ that also includes the Busanda and Grade 3 Cicada Stakes. Her only bad race sprinting came in last year's Astarita when she was eased in a race run over a sloppy track. Dutrow said he would not run Cyber Secret again on a wet track.

Cyber Secret earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89 for the Comely, a career best by just 1 point.

Meanwhile, Storm Flag Flying returned to the track on Monday and is likely to be pointed to the Grade 1 Acorn. Trainer Shug McGaughey said there is an outside possibility Storm Flag Flying would run in the Nassau County.

"She came back fine," McGaughey said. "She was in kind of tight early. It'd been a long time since she ran; maybe I misjudged how far along she was. The filly that won had been running good and ran good. We'll go back to the drawing board."

Snake Mountain eyes Pimlico Special

Even before it was announced that Medaglia d'Oro wasn't going to run in the Pimlico Special, trainer Jimmy Jerkens was pointing Snake Mountain to the Grade 1, $600,000 race on May 16. Now that Medaglia d'Oro is out, it makes the race even more attractive.

Though Snake Mountain had a five-race winning streak snapped when he was fourth in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap, Jerkens said he wasn't overly disappointed with the race.

"He only got beat two lengths total," Jerkens said. "He worked too fast before the race. He's kind of a nervous horse to start with and those kind of works can make a horse more nervous. He came out of the Excelsior with a quarter crack. It was a minor one. It never made him sore, but it bled, which means it was going to get worse. We patched it and he's fine."

The news of Medaglia d'Oro's defection also raised the antennae of Frank Alexander, trainer of Windsor Castle, and Scott Schwartz, trainer of Classic Endeavor.

Both Windsor Castle and Classic Endeavor are nominated to Saturday's Fort Marcy Handicap, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct turf. Both would run if the race were to be rained off the turf and run at nine furlongs on dirt. If it stays on the turf, then Windsor Castle and Classic Endeavor would be pointed to the Westchester Handicap at Belmont on May 7 with the possibility of waiting for the Pimlico Special.

On Monday, Windsor Castle, who won the Hal's Hope Handicap in January, worked five furlongs in 1:00.74 at Belmont while Classic Endeavor worked four furlongs in 47.93 seconds at Aqueduct. Classic Endeavor has won six of his last eight starts.

Saarland, who is pointing to the Westchester, worked four furlongs in 48.45 seconds on Sunday. Saarland's trainer, McGaughey, said Medaglia d'Oro's defection from the Pimlico Special "hasn't yet" made him reconsider his plans.

Pick six carryover spices Wednesday's card

The penultimate week of racing at Aqueduct begins Wednesday with a pick-six carryover of $52,860. Full fields in four of the six races and an iffy weather forecast should make things interesting.

Richard Dutrow Jr. has a strong entry of Aggadan and My Request in the featured eighth, a money allowance for colts and geldings at one mile. Dutrow said Monday he plans to run both unless the track is wet, in which case he will scratch Aggadan and run My Request, who is 3 for 6 over wet tracks.

It would be hard to leave Jarf off any pick-six ticket given his 4-for-5 record over the main track. Jarf leaped in the air at the start of a money allowance race in April - his first start off a three-month layoff - and finished third behind Onthedeanslist and My Request. In this field, he could be the one to catch under Richard Migliore.

Food for thought

Handicappers looking to play against probable odds-on favorite Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby may draw inspiration from three races last week at Aqueduct.

On Wednesday, Tumble Me Right was sent off the 1-10 favorite in a six-horse maiden race and was edged by 7-1 Winner Take All. On Thursday, Forever Now was sent off at 1-5 in a six-horse maiden race and was beaten a neck by 15-1 shot Treasure's Dream. Finally, in Friday's Comely, Storm Flag Flying, the 1-5 favorite off her championship campaign a year ago, was beaten by Cyber Secret.

* Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi continued his sharp training, working six furlongs in 1:11.48 Monday morning at Belmont. Jean-Luc Samyn was aboard for the move.

* Roar Emotion, last year's Demoiselle winner, worked five furlongs in 59.72 seconds Monday over Belmont's training track. It was the fastest of 13 moves at the distance.