01/26/2005 12:00AM

Dutrow packs one-two stakes punch

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Travelator missed the Interborough with a foot problem but is on target for the Feb. 5 Correction Handicap.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - While trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has a million reasons to focus his attention on Gulfstream Park this weekend, he will also have plenty of interest in the proceedings at Aqueduct.

Dutrow, who will saddle Classic Endeavor in Saturday's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream, has an excellent chance to sweep the weekend stakes at Aqueduct when he sends out Mr. Whitestone in Saturday's $75,000 Paumonok Handicap and Aggadan in Sunday's $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap. The Grade 3 Aqueduct was rescheduled from last Saturday when snow forced the cancellation of the card.

Since returning from a two-month freshening, Mr. Whitestone has won a $100,000 claiming race and finished second to loose-on-the-lead winner Don Six in the Grade 3 Gravesend Handicap. While Don Six will be back in the Paumonok, he will have a hard time getting an easy lead with Uncle Camie in the field.

Dutrow said Andrew Byrnes, the New York Racing Association's stakes coordinator, told him "there was other speed in there. That's going to help us."

Dutrow claimed Mr. Whitestone for $50,000 from Greg Martin on Dec. 20, 2003. Mr. Whitestone finished in the money in eight of nine starts in 2004. Dutrow said the key to Mr. Whitestone's success was having him gelded last summer.

On Tuesday, Mr. Whitestone worked four furlongs in 48.61 seconds over Aqueduct's inner track.

As of Wednesday, there were six horses considered definite for the six-furlong Paumonok. Gators n Bears, the 120-pound highweight, is expected to start along with Don Six (117), Mr. Whitestone (115), Lucky Gamble (114), Papua (114), and Uncle Camie (114). Possible starters include Personal Touch (114), Wheaton's Aly (114), and either Polish Rifle (113) or Korbyn's Gold (112).

Aggadan is the 123-pound highweight in Sunday's Aqueduct. The race will be redrawn on Friday, which is good news for Dutrow, who did not like his outside post when the race was drawn last week. On Wednesday, Aggadan worked five furlongs in 1:00.31, the fastest of 12 works at the distance.

"He's good," Dutrow said. "He's ready."

Several of the runners originally entered in the Aqueduct put in workouts on Wednesday, indicating they will be entered back for Sunday. Country Be Gold worked four furlongs in 48.66 seconds, while Lord Langfuhr went an easy five furlongs in 1:03.77 at Belmont. New York Hero worked four furlongs in 48.05 seconds at Aqueduct.

Travelator works toward Correction

Travelator, winner of the Garland of Roses Handicap in December, worked four furlongs in 48.46 seconds Wednesday morning over the Belmont Park training track. Travelator is being pointed to the $75,000 Correction Handicap on Feb. 5.

Travelator was forced to miss the Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day due to a foot problem, trainer Gary Gullo said, but appears to be doing well now.

"I thought that other race was too close back and her feet were bothering her a little bit," Gullo said. "She's coming into this race real good. I'm pleased with the way she's going."

Gullo said that Wednesday's work was actually five furlongs, as it went from the 4 1/2-furlong marker to a sixteenth of a mile past the wire. Gullo said Travelator would breeze one more time before the race. Gullo added that Aaron Gryder would ride Travelator as Norberto Arroyo Jr., who was aboard for the Garland of Roses win, is committed to ride Bank Audit in the Correction.

Say Hey Willie tries open company

Say Hey Willie's authoritative 9 3/4-length win versus New York- breds on Dec. 30 prompted her connections to enter her in Saturday's $75,000 Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park. But owner Ernie Paragallo and trainer Jennifer Pedersen may have found a more suitable spot to try open company in Friday's $44,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.

Say Hey Willie, a daughter of Artax, looms the main speed of nine runners entered in the 1 1/16-mile entry-level allowance race. In her Dec. 30 race, Say Hey Willie was making her first start around two turns, and led at every call while running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.66 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 81.

Bound on Bi is the only other horse in the field with any early speed, but she was outrun by Forgotten Promise in a Dec. 31 allowance race. Mrs. Doyle is the one to fear, as she comes off a solid second in this condition on Dec. 10. Robert Bailes, who has sent out nothing but live runners from eight starts at Aqueduct, conditions Mrs. Doyle, who was scratched out of a similar spot here on Jan. 14 when the track came up sloppy.

Amazing Buy may go to Laurel

Amazing Buy, the easy winner of the Busanda Stakes here on Jan. 16, may make her next start in the $75,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park on Feb. 12, her connections said Wednesday.

After consulting with owner Ernie Paragallo, trainer Jennifer Pedersen said the six weeks between the Busanda and the Busher Stakes, run here on Feb. 27, may be too much time between races.

On Wednesday, Amazing Buy reinforced that belief by working four furlongs in 46.15 seconds over Aqueduct's inner track. It was the fastest of 22 recorded works at the distance.

"She worked very good," Pedersen said. "It was just a maintenance breeze."

Daddy Joe, a Pedersen trainee who was forced to miss the Count Fleet Stakes due a bruised foot, worked five furlongs in 1:01.39 Wednesday. Daddy Joe's next start is uncertain.

* Tim Thornton, in his first day as a journeyman rider, booted home Sort It Out ($6.70) in Wednesday's sixth race. Thornton, who lost his apprentice status on Monday, is now represented by agent Jorge Velasquez.