12/09/2003 12:00AM

Frankel's barn makes room for Master David


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Master David, who finished second to Read the Footnotes in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes on Nov. 29, will be transferred to trainer Bobby Frankel for his 3-year-old season, owner Peter Minikes said Monday.

Master David, a Kentucky-bred son of Grand Slam, is currently stabled at Belmont Park with trainer Bobby Barbara, who trains for Minikes. Master David will ship to Frankel's Hollywood Park barn when a flight becomes available.

Minikes, who races under the name Georgica Stable, and his partners, Stephan Mack and Andrew Rosen, purchased Master David from European-based owner David Sullivan after Master David won his maiden in his third career start, on the turf in Great Britain on Sept. 17. Master David was brought here for the Remsen, for which European-based trainer Brian Meehan saddled him. Master David finished 3 3/4 lengths behind Read the Footnotes but 10 3/4 lengths ahead of the rest of the field.

Earlier this year, Minikes won the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap with 3-year-old filly Buy the Sport after purchasing her from the Sullivan and Meehan connections.

Minikes offered Master David to Barbara, provided Barbara took him to south Florida for the winter. Barbara declined, saying he preferred to stay in New York this winter.

"I just don't want to travel," Barbara said. "I like New York. All I want to see is Peter and his partners do well; it reflects positively throughout the whole team. I'm happy with the decision they made."

Minikes believes Master David is a Kentucky Derby prospect and is hopeful that Frankel can make a trip to Louisville happen. Minikes said he spoke to Frankel briefly when he asked Frankel to take the horse.

"He was impressed with the horse," Minikes said. "He told me he was pleased with how the horse ran."

Minikes said he would like to see Master David make his 3-year-old debut sometime in February - the seven-furlong San Vicente on Feb. 7 at Santa Anita is a possibility - and, if he proves worthy, have his final Kentucky Derby prep in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 10.

"My goal would be the Wood Memorial with him," Minikes said. "He's run over the racetrack, it's in New York, but I haven't discussed anything with Frankel yet. I'm going to leave it up to him."

Last year, Frankel used the Wood Memorial as the final Kentucky Derby prep for Empire Maker, who won the Wood before finishing second in the Derby.

Indy Five Hundred retired

Minikes also said Monday that Indy Five Hundred, who won the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap, has been retired. She will be bred to Gone West.

"She's sound, I just decided to retire her," Minikes said. "She's a Grade 1 winner; it's a tough division I just felt this was the time to breed her."

Indy Five Hundred, a daughter of A.P. Indy, had a record of 3-1-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $239,250.

Evening Attire works; Kelly waits

Evening Attire worked five furlongs in 1:03.26 Tuesday morning over the Belmont training track in preparation for a possible start in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Queens County Handicap. The Queens County was scheduled for last Saturday but rescheduled to this Saturday because of a snowstorm. Evening Attire was not entered for the race last week, but the extra time could prompt trainer Pat Kelly to run.

"I'm not going to decide until Thursday," said Kelly. "I didn't want him to [work] in 59 because the track isn't very good. I just wanted to get a little leg-stretcher. He hadn't done anything since the race."

Evening Attire, the 2001 Queens County winner, last ran in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28, a race in which he finished first but was disqualified to second for alleged interference in the stretch.

Mousse Glacee hurt, retired

Just when it looked like trainer Angel Penna was going to be able to salvage a bad year, Mousse Glacee suffered a sesamoid fracture in her left foreleg and will be retired.

Mousse Glacee had won a six-furlong allowance race Nov. 26, which served as a prep for this Saturday's $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap, also at six furlongs. The injury occurred during a Dec. 4 workout. Although her racing career is over, Mousse Glacee was saved for broodmare duty.

"She was the last hope I had to end the year on a good note," said Penna, who has suffered through a 3-for-71 year. "This was just not my year. Hopefully, next year will be better."

A field of seven to nine is shaping up for the Garland of Roses. Gazillion, winner of the Stefanita Stakes at Laurel Park on Nov. 15, and Wilzada, fourth as the favorite in that same race, are the assigned highweights at 119 pounds. Both are expected to run. Other probables are Shawklit Mint (115), Literary Light (115), Balmy (114), and Bonefide Reason (112). Travelator (112) and Cozzy Corner (111) are possible.

On Tuesday, Travelator worked four furlongs in 47.24 seconds, the fastest of 36 moves at the distance over the training track. Shawklit Mint worked three furlongs in 37.04 seconds.