12/15/2001 12:00AM

Easyfromthegitgo earns a likely berth in Lecomte


NEW ORLEANS - The Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds's first 3-year-old route stakes race of the meet, picked up a likely starter Friday when Easyfromthegitgo scored a 5 1/2-length win in a mile and 40-yard allowance race here. Easyfromthegitgo's second straight win was impressive enough to encourage trainer Steve Asmussen to point the colt to the Jan. 26 Lecomte.

Easyfromthegitgo launched his career at Saratoga this summer and finished second in his first three races before breaking through with a maiden win Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs.

"We thought enough of him from the beginning to drag him up to Saratoga," Asmussen said.

Owned by Jim Cassels and Bob Zollars, Easyfromthegitgo is by Dehere, a fast horse whose offspring tend to display more speed than stamina.

"To see a Dehere win like that going long was very encouraging," said Asmussen.

Running in the first two-turn allowance for 2-year-olds of this meet, Easyfromthegitgo rated comfortably behind a swift pace set by Robe, another Churchill maiden winner, moved to the lead turning for home, and drew out in the stretch without being threatened.

In the Lecomte, Easyfromthegitgo will be cutting back to one mile in a race that ends at the sixteenth pole.

Jeremiah Jack, the runaway winner of the Sam Houston Juvenile, is another likely starter in the Lecomte.

Make that four for Aloha Bold

It's unusual for a horse to win even two straight races at the start of his career, but four wins right out of the box is a rare feat. Not only has Aloha Bold won his first four starts, he won each rather easily, including a 1 1/2-length victory Friday.

Tom Amoss can remember only one other horse he trained who started a career with four consecutive wins: Sky Blue Pink, who won five before losing.

Aloha Bold, who is by the young Carson City stallion Flying Chevron and is owned by Stewart Madison, was a promising 2-year-old last year, but physical setbacks, including colic surgery, delayed the start of his career. But since he hit the track at the fall Keeneland meet, Aloha Bold has been untouchable.

On Friday, when he missed the Fair Grounds track record for 5 1/2 furlongs by .20 seconds, he beat Bet on Joe, who had run some fast sprints in Chicago this summer.

Amoss, who utilizes The Sheets speed ratings to help grade his horses' performances, said Aloha Bold has run very fast for a horse who is "still in the infancy of his career."

Amoss said he thought Friday's race was Aloha Bold's most impressive performance. "What's most impressive is that in the blink of an eye he can dominate a race," Amoss said.

Still, Amoss is not eager to throw Aloha Bold in with Bonapaw, the top sprinter at Fair Grounds, and is not certain where the colt will start next.

San Pedro vs. Noble Ruler in feature

A stakes-quality field of 11 was entered in Monday's featured ninth race, a two-turn, fourth-level allowance with a $100,000 claiming option.

The two favorites are Noble Ruler and San Pedro, both of whom have run in graded stakes and have won over the Fair Grounds surface.

San Pedro, an Illinois-bred 3-year-old facing elders for only the second time in his career, won one of the best maiden sprints at the last Fair Grounds meet and then beat the highly touted Rahy's Secret in the Fair Grounds Sales Futurity. He finished second, beaten by the graded stakes winner Chicago Six, in his last start and has worked well since shipping to Fair Grounds, perhaps his favorite track, for trainer Spanky Broussard.

Noble Ruler upset the Lecomte Stakes here at 59-1 two meets ago when he was trained by Niall O'Callaghan, who got the horse back this season after Noble Ruler had started five times for trainer Bernie Flint.

Noble Ruler got in too deep last winter when he finished fifth in three graded stakes races, including the New Orleans Handicap, and did not race between March and November, when he returned to action and finished third in a high-end Churchill allowance race.