06/24/2003 12:00AM

Harty winning on all fronts

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - With 10 wins from just 24 starts this year, trainer Eoin Harty is running one of the hottest stables in the country. A runaway debut by Flushing Meadows Sunday at Hollywood Park kept the stable perfect in 2-year-old races this year - three starts, three wins - and re-established Harty and owner Darley Stud Management as a major force in this season's juvenile division.

But the Dubai-based stable, which last year raced under the Godolphin banner, is also getting an assist from the older division. Six of this year's winners are 3-year-olds making up for lost time. "I would have been in the same boat last year, but I got nailed with that virus at Del Mar," Harty said. Last summer, the stable went nearly a month (Aug. 12 through Sept. 6) without a start at Del Mar.

This spring, it has all gone right. "Most of the horses that have been running I had last year," Harty said. "I was afforded the opportunity to give them all the time they needed over the winter in Dubai, and the 2-year-olds have come around a little earlier."

Harty has 34 horses stabled at Santa Anita, another 15 stabled at Arlington, and has shipped horses to win at four tracks. The stable is 4 for 13 at Arlington, 3 for 7 at Hollywood, 2 for 2 at Bay Meadows, 1 for 1 at Belmont Park, and zero for 1 at Prairie Meadows. While the older horses have won six maiden races and one allowance race, the 2-year-olds are expected to carry the stable into summer.

Ruler's Court scored the season's fastest maiden win June 11 when he raced five furlongs in 57.40 seconds and earned an outstanding 88 Beyer Speed Figure. Sunday, Flushing Meadows won by 4 1/2 lengths in 58.41 seconds, earning a 79 Beyer while geared down at the wire. Harty said Ruler's Court will start July 19 in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile, a race Flushing Meadows will skip. "He's not quite as robust as Ruler's Court, so I don't see any point giving him two hard races," he said.

Harty said he expects his next local starter to be a filly who has a familiar pedigree. Tizdubai is a fill sister to Tiznow and Budroyale, and she worked five furlongs Tuesday in 1:01.60. "She's shown quite a bit of talent, and she's like Tiznow with some quirks of her own. I'd be surprised if she doesn't run well," Harty said.

Megahertz to Beverly Hills, Tates Creek passes

Tates Creek, whose smashing May 26 win in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap would have made her the favorite Saturday in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap, is expected to skip the 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Instead, trainer Bobby Frankel's best chance to win the $200,000 Beverly Hills will be with Megahertz, who finished third in the Gamely. The defection of 123-pound highweight Tates Creek propels Gamely runner-up Dublino to the role of favorite while carrying highweight of 122 pounds.

According to Hollywood Park racing officials, trainer Christophe Clement will ship Voodoo Dancer to California Wednesday. Based in New York, Voodoo Dancer raced four times last year in California, winning a Grade 2 at Del Mar, and placing in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon and Grade 2 Las Palmas during the fall Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. Voodoo Dancer has won 9 of 18 overall starts.

A small field is taking shape for the Beverly Hills. Confirmed runners are Dublino, Victor Espinoza, 122; Voodoo Dancer, Corey Nakatani, 120; and Megahertz, Alex Solis. Possible starters are Pertuisane, 114; Damaschino, 113; and Se Vera, 112.

A larger field of 3-year-olds will contest the Grade 3 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap Sunday. Although 123-pound highweight Senor Swinger will not run in the 1 1/8-mile turf race, six or seven others are expected. Private Chef won the Grade 3 Will Rogers in only his second career start May 25, though most handicappers considered the Will Rogers a weakly run race and may seek a new face. Fairly Ransom, a French import trained by Ron McAnally, was assigned highweight of 119 pounds for the Will Rogers and could be tough to beat after winning 3 of 5 in France. The probable Cinema field includes Fairly Ransom, 119; Just Wonder, 117; Private Chef, 117; Bis Repetitas, 114; Ender's Shadow, 114; Slew City Citadel, 114; and Royal Place, 113.

Workout to determine Santa Catarina's status

Hollywood Oaks winner Santa Catarina will work Thursday on the Hollywood Park turf course, after which trainer Bob Baffert will determine her chance to make a successful surface switch in the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. Santa Catarina would join the Baffert-trained Atlantic Ocean in the Oaks. Santa Catarina has never run on turf.

"We'll work her on turf, and see if she likes it," Baffert said. Chief Planner, a colt expected to be a late-season star for Baffert after winning the Snow Chief Stakes April 26, is out indefinitely with a suspensory injury.