07/28/2002 11:00PM

Extended View looks fastest


CHICAGO - Owner and trainer Louie Roussel thrives on winning races. Roussel might win with five horses in a row, but if the sixth one loses he is disappointed.

Don't mistake this for greed, smallness, or a lack of appreciation. Roussel's a generous man, quick to credit his rivals. He just loves to win, to get things right.

The 4-year-old filly Extended View must be one of Roussel's favorites. After starting her career with six losses, Extended View has won six of her last nine starts, and on Wednesday at Arlington, when she faces five rivals in a six-furlong allowance race, she will try for her fourth win in a row.

Once a disappointment who had to use a $25,000 maiden claimer for her first win - she cost $145,000 at auction - Extended View has become an unbridled success. Along with Zarb's Magic, she is the most reliable winner in Roussel's barn.

Both horses win often largely because Roussel and his assistant, Lara Van Daren, take a slow, intelligent approach to their training. Extended View has always been a fast horse for a half-mile, but early in her career she would fire out and stop. Then, Roussel slowed everything down, cutting back on Extended View's workouts and focusing more on slow, distance training. With less to do in the morning, Extended View has done more in the afternoon, and a win Thursday will finally push her career earnings past her purchase price.

A three-time winner at Arlington, Extended View makes her first start here this season. Her three recent wins came by a combined margin of more than 16 lengths. Five weeks ago she won a minor stakes race at Canterbury Park by more than four lengths. Extended View, with Rene Douglas up for the first time, still is all about speed, but even with other pace horses lined up Wednesday she should prove the fastest of the bunch.

Also entered is Run for Little Bit, who won the first four races of her career before finishing fifth in the March 16 Victoria Lass at Fair Grounds. Run for Little Bit won an allowance race June 13 at Churchill, but most recently was last in the Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows, though top-to-bottom that race was much tougher than this one.

Ioya Two loses a step, retires to breeding shed

Ioya Two, last of eight Saturday in the Modesty Handicap, has been retired from racing to a career as a broodmare. Ioya Two will ship from Arlington to a farm in Ocala before traveling to Kentucky to be bred next year.

David and Patricia Block bred Ioya Two, and their son, Chris, trained the mare throughout her career. Racing in the colors of Team Block, Ioya Two was the leading Illinois-bred turf mare the last several seasons.

Only a year ago, she scored the biggest win of her career in the Modesty, but age caught up to the 7-year-old Ioya Two this season, when she failed to win a race.

"She's lost a step," Chris Block said. "If she'd competed against those horses [Saturday], she'd have gotten a chance in a couple more stakes."

Two races before Ioya Two failed to fire in the Modesty, her younger brother, Mystery Giver, never had a chance to fire in the Arlington Handicap. Trapped along the rail throughout the race, Mystery Giver actually fell out of contention on the far turn before making a belated rally to finish fifth, barely more than a length behind the winner, Falcon Flight.

A disappointed Block said Mystery Giver didn't seem at all tired Saturday night. "He ate up that night," Block said. "After he runs, it usually takes him three days to get back on his feed. The next morning, he was standing at the front of his stall saying, 'let's go.'"

Block said Mystery Giver might run next in the John Henry Handicap, an overnight race here in a month.

The Blocks had better luck Sunday. Ioya Forever, a sibling to Mystery Giver and Ioya Two, won a second-level statebred allowance race - her third straight win - encouragingly.

Fifty Stars on path to return to races this fall

Fifty Stars, winner of the 2001 Louisiana Derby, joined trainer Steve Asmussen's Churchill Downs string Saturday night, and if all goes well should return to the races this fall at Churchill.

A Quiet American colt owned by Jim Cassels and Bob Zollars, Fifty Stars hasn't raced since finishing ninth in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, which he exited with a bone chip that had to be surgically removed. Asmussen had Fifty Stars a work or two away from a comeback race this spring when Fifty Stars broke a splint bone in his leg, another injury that required surgery.

Fifty Stars needed two months off to recover from that injury, but has been in steady training with Asmussen's father, Keith, at the El Primero Training Center near Laredo, Texas. "We've been piddling with him for quite awhile," Asmussen said. "He's got a lot of miles under him. The leg seems really good right now.