03/30/2006 12:00AM

Dutrow may run 3 in Carter

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Dutrow nominated three horses to next Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap and said Thursday it is possible all three could run. Silver Train, last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, is a definite, while Call the Lord and Kazoo are being seriously considered.

Silver Train finished seventh as the favorite in the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 4, further validating Dutrow's belief that Silver Train does not like Gulfstream Park. He is now 0 for 3 over that surface.

Call the Lord and Kazoo, both owned in part by the International Equine Association Holdings Inc., are each coming off a career-best performance.

Kazoo, an 8-year-old son of Tabasco Cat, won the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap in front-running fashion on March 11 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106. Call the Lord, a 4-year-old gelded son of Lord Carson, is coming off a stalking victory in a six-furlong classified allowance race over the inner track on Feb. 19. He earned a career-best Beyer of 105.

"I plan on running Call the Lord," Dutrow said. "I liked his last race. I think he's going to be better on the [main track]. He sat off the pace last time, which means he might be able to get seven [furlongs]. It doesn't look like it's the toughest Grade 1 out there, plus it's good timing from him his last race."

Dutrow added, "If there's any speed I'll definitely run Kazoo to knock off the speed. If there is no other speed, I may run because maybe he's sitting on another big one. I don't know why he ran so big last time."

On Friday, the Carter lost War Front and picked up Happy Hunting. War Front, second in both the Mr. Prospector and Deputy Minister handicaps at Gulfstream Park, suffered a foot bruise that will force him to miss the race, trainer Allen Jerkens said.

Happy Hunting has won four consecutive races, including the Aqueduct Handicap on Jan. 21. Others pointing to the Carter are Big Apple Daddy, Mass Media, and Sir Greeley.

Chavez to summer at Monmouth

Jockey Jorge Chavez was a visitor to the Belmont Park backstretch on Thursday morning, where he said he hopes to return to race riding within a month. Chavez also said he plans to ride regularly at Monmouth Park this summer.

Chavez suffered a broken collarbone on Jan. 2 in the last race on the last day of the Calder meet. Initially, Chavez thought he would be sidelined six to eight weeks, but the injury has taken longer than expected to heal.

Chavez, 44, who did not undergo surgery, is scheduled to meet with doctors in New York in two weeks, and he hopes to receive clearance to ride at that time.

"If the doctors say I'm okay, I will be on top of horses the next day," Chavez said. "Getting fit will be be easy because I've been running and doing other stuff that doesn't involve my arm. It'll take me 10 days and I'll be ready."

Chavez said he chose to return at Monmouth because he thinks it will be easier for him to get business and build momentum toward a possible return to New York in the fall.

"Being out three months I missed a lot of business," Chavez said. "I don't want to come back here and struggle. It's better to go over there and be on top and see what happens."

Klesaris to appeal disqualification

Steve Klesaris, the trainer and part-owner of Dirty Devil, has filed an appeal of the disqualification of that horse from first to third in the sixth race on March 25 for alleged interference entering the first turn.

Klesaris, who owns Dirty Devil with Jeff Puglisi, does not believe Dirty Devil made contact with Mr. Hamlen, who checked under jockey Javier Castellano entering the turn.

"I thought my horse was clear," Klesaris said. "I've seen fouls far worse than that stay up, and I don't even think mine was a foul."

Klesaris believes that Castellano, the rider of Mr. Hamlen, who was elevated from second to first, checked his horse "speculating what might happen," Klesaris said. Mr. Hamlen checked, which in turn caused Tasteyville to take up as well. Klesaris isn't so sure that Tasteyville didn't bump Mr. Hamlen.

Klesaris further contends that there is no clear-cut video that shows what truly happened.

"When Castellano checks, we lose the angle," he said. "That's an angle that can't be seen. Do we take something down that we can't see? If you can't see it, how do you disqualify it?"

Until the appeal is decided, both Mr. Hamlen and Dirty Devil are considered winners of the race, according to the stewards' ruling.

Regardless of what happens with the appeal, Eibar Coa, the jockey of Dirty Devil, will serve a three-day suspension beginning Sunday. The suspension covers three racing days and includes Wednesday and Thursday.