02/15/2002 1:00AM

Dutrow on Well Fancied: They can't beat him


JAMAICA, N.Y. - To date, Maryland-based trainer Anthony Dutrow has dominated the New York winter stakes action with three victories. Sunday, it's brother Richard's turn.

Richard Dutrow, New York's winningest trainer in 2001, sends out the coupled entry of Spectacularspencer and Well Fancied in Sunday's $75,000 Hollie Hughes Handicap for New York-bred colts and geldings at Aqueduct. As separate betting interests, Well Fancied and Spectacularspencer would vie for favoritism. As one betting interest - both horses are owned by Sandy Goldfarb - the entry figures a strong odds-on favorite in the six-furlong race.

Dutrow purchased Well Fancied shortly after he won an open company, entry-level allowance race by 5 3/4 lengths on Dec. 27. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101 for the effort.

"I told Sandy that night I wanted to get him," said Dutrow, who won with both of his starters on Friday's card. "I didn't think we were going to, Seymour [Cohn] doesn't like to sell. They put a price on him and Sandy got together with him."

Dutrow has been pleased with how Well Fancied has trained into this race and he looks like he'll be tough to beat from on or just off the pace. Javier Castellano rides Well Fancied from post 4 under 114 pounds.

"I don't think they'll be able to beat him. I think he is the horse to beat," Dutrow said. "The only horse with a chance to beat him is 'Spencer.' . . . I bought Well Fancied for this race and he's coming into it good. I'm looking for Well Fancied to run a really good race."

Spectacularspencer is the starting highweight at 119 pounds. Spectacularspencer has won five of his last seven starts, but seems better-suited at distances beyond six furlongs.

"I don't think six furlongs is his best game, but I think he can get the job done, especially the way this race is shaping up," Dutrow said. "It is not a tough stakes."

Like Dutrow, trainer John Hertler has entered two horses in the Hollie Hughes, Kashatreya and Vodka. Kashatreya, who won this race in 1999 and 2000 and who finished second in it last year, makes his second start off a six-month layoff. He finished last in the Paumonok on Jan. 26.

"It was a tough, tough spot to get started after being off for so long," Hertler said. "He ran till the eighth pole and he got tired and [Julio] Pezua didn't push on him. I'm hoping he'll be sharper and better this time. He will be."

Vodka is the stronger half of Hertler's uncoupled entry. He is coming off two consecutive wins in open company - the latter via disqualification - but has not raced in 11 weeks. Hertler said the layoff by design because "I wanted him fresh for this race."

Both of Hertler's horses need pace to be most effective. Hertler has to hope that Strike the Brass will pressure Well Fancied.

Aims for big weekend

Following Sunday's Hollie Hughes, Dutrow will turn his attention to Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap, hoping to pull a mild upset with Here's Zealous.

A 5-year-old son of Dehere, Here's Zealous is coming off a four-length victory in the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 15. Dutrow had entered Here's Zealous in the Paumonok, but scratched him the morning of the race.

Dutrow is excited about Here's Zealous's chances in the Grade 2, seven-furlong General George.

"I've never seen him this good. He is absolutely on top of his game," Dutrow said. "He's run real big at that distance."

Edgar Prado is coming up from Florida to ride Here's Zealous, who drew the rail in the General George and will carry 115 pounds. The remainder of the field is The Deputy Is Home (Ramon Dominguez, 111), Rusty Spur (Heberto Castillo, 111), Affirmed Success (Richard Migliore, 121), Exciting Story (Patrick Husbands, 117), Lightning Paces (Greg Hutton, 114), Wrangler (Aaron Gryder, 115), and Voodoo (Shaun Bridgmohan, 111).

Voodoo, third in the Fall Highweight Handicap on Nov. 22, blew out four furlongs in 48.07 seconds Friday over Belmont's training track. It equaled the fastest of 50 moves at the distance.

o Eye of the Comet, the 6 3/4-length winner of the Damon Runyon Stakes on Dec. 16, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.03 out of the gate Friday at Belmont. He is expected to run in next Saturday's $75,000 Best Turn Stakes.

o With John Imbriale on vacation, John Dooley, the track announcer on the Chicago circuit, called the races here on Friday and was scheduled to do so on Saturday. Larry Collmus, the voice of Suffolk Downs and Monmouth Park, is expected to call the races on Sunday and Monday.

o Tony Stabile, the trainer-turned-agent-turned-trainer, has turned agent again. Stabile is booking mounts for apprentice Leo Espinoza.