12/09/2004 12:00AM

Dynever's trip here strictly business

Dynever wins the San Bernardino in April. He's back in California for Saturday's Native Diver.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - began his 2004 campaign with a cross-country trip to win the $110,600 San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita in April. Winless in five subsequent starts, Dynever has been sent back to California with the same objective - a victory - in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park.

To win the Grade 3 Native Diver, run over 1 1/8 miles, Dynever will need a top performance. For a stakes with a modest purse, the race has drawn a solid field of 11, including Supah Blitz, who has won two stakes since joining trainer Doug O'Neill's stable in August.

Dynever was eighth in his last start, the Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. Trainer Christophe Clement expects Dynever to rebound as he goes for the fourth stakes win of his career. Earlier this year, Dynever finished second in two Grade 2 stakes.

"The horse does well in California and does well on fast tracks," Clement said. "It would be nice to end the year with a win."

At least three entrants - Calkins Road, Supah Blitz, and Tizbud - are using the race as a prep to the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.

Calkins Road and Tizbud ran fourth and fifth in the California Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 16.

Supah Blitz won the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap in September, finished third in the Goodwood BC Handicap at Santa Anita in October, and won the Carl Rose Classic at Calder on Nov. 13.

Supah Blitz has the ability to lead or stalk the pace, which O'Neill said gives the 4-year-old colt an advantage in the Native Diver.

"I think that's the beauty of Supah Blitz," he said. "He's very versatile."

Congrats is making his first start for trainer Richard Mandella, having won 6 of 14 starts and $373,390 racing for Shug McGaughey. Mandella is seeking a record eighth win in the Native Diver.

Owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, Congrats has won one stakes, the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs last April, and was third in two Grade 2 stakes - the 2003 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga and the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park in July.

Recently, Congrats has led or raced near the front. Mandella wants him to come from behind.

"I don't really want him on the lead," Mandella said. "I've talked to the connections and they say he's better when he's settled."