03/30/2005 1:00AM

To go on, Survivalist needs big run


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - As the field for the April 9 Wood Memorial remained in flux Wednesday, two of the horses considered definite starters for Grade 1, $750,000 race put in workouts at Belmont Park.

Survivalist, the Gotham winner, went an easy half-mile in 51.82 seconds over the training track. Meanwhile, Naughty New Yorker, who finished fourth in the Gotham but was placed third via disqualification, went five furlongs in 1:01.34. Both works were pushed back by one day as the training track was a sloppy mess on Tuesday.

Buzz Tenney, the assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey, said Survivalist's breeze was simply to stretch his legs.

"He'll come back on Sunday or Monday and have a good work," Tenney said. "He's come out of his race very well."

Following the Gotham, McGaughey said he would need to see a really strong performance by Survivalist in the Wood to earn a trip to the Kentucky Derby. Tenney believes Survivalist is capable of putting forth another good race.

"I think he's a horse with some quality," Tenney said. "He handles everything well. He has a good mind and pretty much will do whatever you ask him to do."

Pat Kelly, the trainer of Naughty New Yorker, said his horse was none the worse for the wear given his tough trip in the Gotham. He was bumped a couple of times and hit over the head with a whip in deep stretch.

Kelly, like McGaughey, isn't sure he has a Derby horse in his barn, but does believes the Wood Memorial will tell him which way to go.

"My guy's got to prove to me he deserves to go anywhere but around here," said Kelly, referring to New York-bred races. "Hopefully, we'll find out soon."

Kelly did indicate that he might switch the kind of blinkers he uses on Naughty New Yorker. Naughty New Yorker has been running with an extension blinker over his right eye. Kelly said he might run him in a pair of regular blinkers in the Wood.

"I don't think he needs the other ones any more," Kelly said. "He just needed some focus early on. He's a lot better with what's going on."

Aside from Survivalist and Naughty New Yorker, only Going Wild and Scrappy T were considered definite Wood starters as of Wednesday. A slew of horses are listed as possible by stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, including Bellamy Road, Closing Argument, Galloping Grocer, Golden Shine, Pavo, Rikman, and Storm Surge.

Evening Attire, Riskaverse back with Kelly

Graded-stakes winners Evening Attire and Riskaverse were recent arrivals into Kelly's barn following their winter vacations in Ocala, Fla. Kelly said neither would be ready to run until the Belmont spring meet at the earliest.

Evening Attire, 7, has not run since finishing second in the Dec. 4 Queens County Handicap.

"He's not going to be too ambitiously placed this year," Kelly said. "Just try to get to Saratoga - we know he likes it there. He looks fine. He had a good vacation; he put on some weight."

Riskaverse, who won the Flower Bowl, will be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf because it will be run at Belmont Park, where she has enjoyed her most success.

Artie Schiller works six furlongs

Artie Schiller, the beaten favorite in the Breeders' Cup Mile, moved closer to a return to the races on Wednesday by working six furlongs in 1:12.87 over the training track. Artie Schiller worked in company with Bahama John, who finished slightly in front of Artie Schiller, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

"He went good," said Jerkens, who shipped up his entire south Florida contingent just before a strangles-related restriction on those horses took effect. "He got outworked a little bit, but that horse has been on the muscle lately."

Artie Schiller won 5 of 7 starts on turf last year, including the Grade 2 Hall of Fame at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont.

Jerkens is considering the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland on April 15 or the Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct on April 23 for Artie Schiller's return.

Kazoo squares off with Show Boot in feature

Kazoo, who earned a 97 Beyer when last seen on Aqueduct's main track last April, and Show Boot, the runner-up in the recent Hollie Hughes Handicap, head a field of six older males in Friday's six-furlong feature, a third-level allowance with an optional claiming price of $75,000.

The 7-year-old Kazoo wintered at Palm Meadows, and returned from a layoff to chase the pace and wind up fourth in a similar spot last month. He subsequently worked well on turf and dirt before shipping to New York for trainer Mike Hushion. He will break from the outside with Richard Migliore.

Show Boot, a New York-bred, set the pace in the Hollie Hughes and held on determinedly to save the place. He won twice by open lengths against statebred company at last year's spring meet.

Show Boot will break from the rail with Shaun Bridgmohan and figures to come under early pressure from Exploit Lad, as well as Kazoo.

Also in the field are Golden Gator, who has been freshened since finishing far back in two January starts on the inner track; Colonel Day, who makes his first start since a seventh-place finish in the Perryville Stakes at Keeneland last October; and Brucker's Brother, who has been off form since winning a pair of route races at Monmouth Park last summer.

- additional reporting by Dave Litfin