10/21/2001 11:00PM

Full Flow back on turf for Kimmel in feature


ELMONT, N.Y. - Later this week, trainer John Kimmel will try to win his first Breeders' Cup race with Miss Linda in the Distaff and perhaps with Hook and Ladder in the Sprint, if he draws in.

Kimmel could set the tone for a good week with Full Flow in Wednesday's eighth race, a third-level allowance, at Belmont Park.

Eleven colts and geldings entered the 1 1/8-mile inner turf race, including four main-track only horses, Berchtesgaden, Wild Summer, Un Fino Vino, and Tempest Fugit.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Full Flow ran for the first time on the dirt in his last start and finished fourth at this level on Oct. 8. His grass races, however, are solid and include a win in allowance company at Saratoga on Aug. 4 and a sharp second-place finish at this condition later in the meet. Those efforts are good enough for him to be a winner here.

Full Flow will be ridden by Edgar Prado, who enters Wednesday's card tied for the lead in the standings with Jerry Bailey.

Full Flow, who lacks early speed, drew the rail.

The biggest threat to Kimmel's colt might come from Regal Dynasty, who finished second to Full Flow at Saratoga and then returned to win a second-level allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 25.

Trainer Tom Voss, who has a special touch with turf horses, ran Regal Dynasty back at Keeneland in the $150,000 Sycamore and the gelding finished third, beaten one length for the win, on Oct. 7. The Sycamore was 1 1/2 miles and probably longer than Voss's 5-year-old wants to go.

Jean-Luc Samyn, who rode Voss's recently retired Grade 1 winner, John's Call, has the mount.

Without any serious speed in here, Slowhand figures to show the way early.

It's been a long time between wins for Slowhand, who won back-to-back allowance races at Aqueduct last November. Since then, the 4-year-old Slowhand has lost seven consecutive races. He does seem to run better on firm courses and probably didn't care for the yielding turf he caught in his last start, when he finished fifth at The Meadowlands on Oct. 2.

John Velazquez rides Slowhand for trainer Pat Reynolds.

Stauch, the only 3-year-old in the main body of the race, is in good form this year for trainer Allen Iwinski. Stauch, who will be ridden by Eibar Coa, was an easy winner of a restricted stakes at Delaware Park on Sept. 17.

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