03/25/2004 1:00AM

Excessivepleasure looks to rediscover form


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The $1 million Godolphin Mile on Saturday at Nad Al Sheba racecourse can revive the career of Excessivepleasure or continue a strong 2004 campaign for During.

The Godolphin Mile is run on dirt, and is one of five major stakes that support the $6 million . The others are the $2 million Sheema Classic, $2 million Dubai Duty Free Stakes, $2 million UAE Derby, and $2 million Golden Shaheen.

Excessivepleasure won three stakes last year, but was badly beaten in two starts at Santa Anita in January.

He finished seventh in his first start of the year, the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes, a race won by During. Excessivepleasure followed the San Fernando with a 10th-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Classic.

In 2003, Excessivepleasure was first or second in seven of nine starts.

Excessivepleasure is winless in three starts since the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park last October. A 4-year-old, Excessivepleasure is owned by Ty and Lee Leatherman and trained by Doug O'Neill, who will start Fleetstreet Dancer in the Dubai World Cup.

O'Neill has never won in Dubai, but he did finish second in the 2003 Golden Shaheen with Avanzado.

Leandro Mora, an assistant to O'Neill, said Excessivepleasure has done well since arriving in Dubai.

"I think he'll run the race of his life. He's our big ace out here," he said. "He's a tough little horse. I've got a good feeling, like I had with Avanzado."

During is expected to be favored in the Godolphin Mile, and starts from the rail.

After winning the San Fernando Jan. 10, During returned to finish a game second to Dubai World Cup entrant Domestic Dispute in the Strub Stakes on Feb. 7.

During has shown ample speed in the past. Last year, During led throughout the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park and was on or near the lead throughout the Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park.

On Saturday, Jerry Bailey rides During for the first time since the Swaps Stakes. He will not get much instruction from Tim Yakteen, an assistant to trainer Bob Baffert who accompanied During to Dubai.

"You don't have to tell Bailey anything," Yakteen said. "He knows the track as well as any other rider."

Godolphin Racing will have two starters in the Mile - Firebreak and Inamorato - who might be the stable's best chances for the day.

Firebreak won this race last year, holding off U.S. invader Grey Memo by three-quarters of a length. Inamorato finished behind During in two stakes in New York last year, running fourth in the Grade 2 Jerome Handicap at Belmont and third in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct.

In Sheema Classic, the lone American representative, Hard Buck, is an outsider in the about 1 1/2-mile turf race. Trained by Kenneth McPeek, Hard Buck has won three stakes since August, including the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf on Feb. 22.

The European invaders Fair Mix and Polish Summer are the top contenders. Godolphin starts Lunar Sovereign, who won the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park last September.

Sarafan, the winner of the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar in 2002, is a tantalizing 10-1 with English bookmakers to win the Duty Free over about 1 1/8 miles on turf. A 7-year-old gelding trained by Neil Drysdale, Sarafan was fourth in the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 6 in his first start of the year.

Bright Sky, a French stakes winner who was sixth in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita last October, and Crimson Palace, a Group 1 stakes winner in South Africa in 2002, are top contenders.

There are no American-trained entrants in the $2 million UAE Derby, run over about 1 1/8 miles on dirt. The race is led by Little Jim, an Argentine-bred who won the UAE 2000 Guineas here in February but was third behind Petit Paris in a stakes here on March 6.

* The first race on the program is the $250,000 Kahayla Classic for Arabians over about 1 1/4 miles on dirt. In the race are 10 locally owned runners, including Van Nistelrooy.

In 2002, Van Nistelrooy was the champion 3-year-old male in the United States when he was known as Stellarr and raced for Dianne Waldron of Florida. Stellarr was sent to Dubai last year and subsequently renamed.

Second Race Probable Post 8:40 a.m. EST

1 mile. 4-year-olds & up. Purse $1,000,000

41DuringJ D Bailey126Class of field for 2x Dubai World Cup-winning trainer 2-1
78FirebreakL Dettori126Godolphin will have defending champ ready3-1
86InamoratoK McEvoy126Always finds one or two better4-1
22ConflictB Doyle126Sharp local veteran won this in 200010-1
55EstimraarG Hind1263rd last year, looked dull in prep off one-year absence12-1
17Cherry PickingsT E Durcan126Has improved under leading UAE trainer Al Kurdi 12-1
63ExcessivepleasureJ K Court126Not off last two 12-1
94Tropical StarR Mullen126Likes the course 10-1
39D'AnjouM J Kinane126Last was dull; makes dirt debut 20-1

Third RaceProbable Post 9:20 a.m. est

UAE DERBY (Group 2)
1 1/8 miles. 3-year-olds. Purse $2,000,000

52AscertainE Ahern121British dirt specialist on his way to U.S. 10-1
19Little JimT E Durcan130Better than latest when he had trouble3-1
74Jack SullivanM J Kinane121Ahead of Rosencrans, Lingfield listed winner on Sat.5-1
37Petit ParisJ D Bailey130Wins this with repeat of last3-1
61Great ExhibitionL Dettori1211 1/4l behind Master David;Godolphin's mdn Derby hope6-1
23Lundy's LiabilityW Marwing130One-paced colt may prefer turf 6-1
86MenhoubahA Solis118Nice filly must be better than UAE Oaks 3rd14-1
98TamarilloG Hind118UAE Oaks winner facing much tougher 14-1
45Festive StyleR L Moore126UAE Oaks runner-up appears up against it 16-1

Fourth RaceProbable Post 10:10 a.m. est

1 1/2 miles (Turf). 4-year-olds & up. Purse $2,000,000

96Polish SummerG L Stevens123Edge over Fair Mix; debut for new Fabre/Stevens team 4-1
312Fair MixO Peslier123Course & distance winner would be no surprise3-1
139WarrsanM J Kinane123Springtime horse should be right there6-1
610Hard BuckJ R Velazquez123Prepped nicely at Gulfstream; facing much tougher8-1
11 2RazkallaT E Durcan123Last says he won't be too far away 14-1
74Lunar SovereignL Dettori123Decent seasonal debut behind Fair Mix 8-1
413GoryllaA Mota123Brazilian import won Argentina's best race 25-1
58Grand EkinoksA Solis123Turk was 5th in last year's tougher edition 15-1
811MartalineJ D Bailey123Fabre's second string prefers longer 15-1
23DelsarteK McEvoy123Improving; makes Godolphin debut off 7-mth absence 15-1
10 1RawyaanR Hills 123One of the outsiders25-1
15Compton BolterE Ahern123A listed race type at best 25-1
127Scott's ViewS Chin123Handicapper was well behind Fair Mix in latest30-1

Fifth Race Probable Post 10:50 a.m. est

6 furlongs. 3-year-olds & up. Purse $2,000,000

23Cajun BeatJ D Bailey126BC Sprint winner profits from 11-lb weight shift w/Alke 3-2
112AlkeJ R Velazquez126Can surprise again if he pounces late5-1
711Meiner SelectY Take126Consistent Japanese gets acid test; goes for Take6-1
81MultidandyF Coetzee126Beaten in last by world's best turf sprinter; prefers dirt8-1
910Our New RecruitA Solis126Could be running late; jock won this with Big Jag 14-1
115Tour of the CatJ K Court126Back on dirt but in tough 20-1
107State CityL Dettori126Godolphin's defending champ has been absent 8-1
49ConroyG L Stevens126Won same prep last year before flopping in this 20-1
36ConcealR Hills126Should beat bottom three confirmed turfers 30-1
68Feet So FastT E Durcan 126Has shown decided preference fo r turf20-1
124TsiganeD R Flores126Dirt debut; Canani hoping for gypsy miracle20-1
52DantanaK McEvoy126Aussie has not handled switch to dirt30-1

Sixth RaceProbable Post 11:30 a.m. est

about 1 1/8 miles (Turf). 4-year-olds & up. Purse $2,000,000

1011Bright SkyD Boeuf121Loves firm ground; properly placed for grand finale5-2
95SurveyorK Shea126Trainer/rider won w/Ipi Tombe last year; dangerous 5-1
112Crimson PalaceL Dettori121Lightly raced Godolphin mare whipped males here4-1
21Evolving TacticsP J Smullen126Improving sort will be running late12-1
77Right ApproachW Marwing126De Kock's 2nd string holds decision over Surveyor10-1
110CheckitT E Durcan126Has been hinting at better >15-1
88SarafanG L Stevens126Needed last but facing much tougher here 12-1
54PaoliniE Pedroza1262nd last year off shorter layoff; may need one 8-1
63Refuse To BendK McEvoy1262000 Guineas winner makes debut for Godolphin 12-1
46NayyirM J Kinane126Inconsistent type doesn't run well fresh 20-1
39MartilloW Mongil126Muscle-bound colt has failed twice in this company 30-1

Seventh RaceProbable Post 12:20 p.m. est

1 1/4 miles. 4-year-olds & up. Purse $6,000,000

129Victory MoonW Marwing126De Kock's course specialist can upset Yanks4-1
87Pleasantly PerfectA Solis126Best 10f horse in the USA5-2
13Admire DonK Ando126Has 2 Japanese G1 wins at the distance by combined 10l8-1
711Medaglia d'OroJ D Bailey126Won't stay 1 1/4m at this level; drew wide2-1
410Fleetstreet DancerJ K Court126Beat Admire Don in the slop in Tokyo 10-1
31Domestic DisputeG L Stevens126Will be closer with further improvement off last 12-1
58Grand HombreL Dettori126Godolphin runner not in same league as Yanks 25-1
106Silent DealY Take126Lightly raced Japanese colt may be better than this25-1
24DinyeperH L Karatas126Turk has taken to Nad Al Sheba but is facing tougher 50-1
1112State ShintoT E Durcan126Has seen better days66-1
62King's BoyM J Kinane126Arabian-trained stayer looks outclassed 66-1
95Regent BluffY Yoshida126Japanese veteran has never won at this distance66-1