01/04/2006 12:00AM

Hot debut winner supplemented to Count Fleet field

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association is experimenting this winter with allowing supplemental nominations to its traditional stakes program. The Mid-Atlantic-based trainer Randy Allen plans to take advantage of that stipulation by putting up the $650 supplemental fee to make Mike'sgoodandtough eligible for Saturday's $65,000 Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct.

Mike'sgoodandtough had not even run yet when nominations for the Count Fleet closed on Dec. 17. But the colt's performance in his debut prompted Allen and owners Gary Juster and Nick Sallusto to try this spot for their promising West Virginia-bred 3-year-old. The Count Fleet is run at a mile and 70 yards around two turns and is the first race on the road to the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 8.

Mike'sgoodandtough, based at Philadelphia Park, debuted on Dec. 23 at Laurel Park and was sent off the 8-5 favorite in the 14-horse field despite breaking from the rail. He broke last of 14 and was eighth, about 12 lengths back, after a half-mile run in 46.40 seconds. Jockey Carlos Lopez Jr. guided Mike'sgoodandtough eight wide leaving the turn, and by the eighth pole they were two lengths in front en route to a 3 3/4-length victory. Mike'sgoodandtough, a son of Good and Tough, covered seven furlongs in 1:26.69 and earned a modest Beyer Speed Figure of 65.

"The announcer said this horse may be some kind of a freak," Allen said. "He's been a phenomenal horse ever since I had him, and I've had him since his first work."

Allen said he had tried to run Mike'sgoodandtough before Dec. 23. He was entered in a race at Aqueduct, but had to be scratched. Allen later entered him in a maiden race at Aqueduct, but the horse didn't get into the field.

"I know I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing, going from a maiden into a stakes, added distance, and coming back in 15 days, but I don't have a whole lot of options right now," Allen said.

Mike'sgoodandtough is not the only horse wheeling back quickly for the Count Fleet. Achilles of Troy, who won a six-furlong maiden race on Dec. 29, is expected to go in the Count Fleet. Achilles of Troy, a son of Notebook, won by 4 1/2 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

Others likely to run in the Count Fleet are Fagan's Legacy, Out of Rock, Platinum Couple, Trailing Twelve, and Two Deals Pending.

Elder Dutrow returns to New York

Well before Richard Dutrow Jr. was winning races on this circuit, his older brother, Anthony, was a mainstay here in the 1980's and early 90's. After leaving to return to Maryland, Anthony Dutrow is now back with a 20-horse stable based at Belmont Park.

Dutrow, who left Maryland two years ago, has been based at Delaware Park and Philadelphia Park for the last 21 months. He is hoping to be a year-round player in New York as well.

Dutrow, 47, is off to a solid start with 6 wins and 4 seconds from his first 17 starters over the inner track. That includes a three-win performance on New Year's Day.

Some of Anthony Dutrow's success has come for the same owners that have contributed to his brother's success, including Sanford Goldfarb, Michael Dubb, and Sanford Robbins.

"Ricky, with his success, had horses just coming from everywhere," Anthony Dutrow said Wednesday. "Ricky's action guys, like Dubb and Goldfarb and Sandy Robbins, they still want to play the game. Ricky hasn't been able to help them because he doesn't have enough stalls. The guys asked me, could we do something? We felt each other out at Delaware Park last summer and that worked out well."

In September, Anthony Dutrow claimed Christmas Stocking for Dubb for $25,000. Christmas Stocking has won 2 of 3 races since, including the $100,000 Cherokee Frolic Stakes at Calder.

Dubb and Goldfarb are partners on recent Aqueduct winners Liquid Romance, a New York-bred filly, and Little Red Rocket, a recent claim. Goldfarb heads a group that owns Paige Nicole, a New York-bred daughter of Lite the Fuse, who won her career debut on Sunday.

Dutrow, who said he would be active at the claim box, noted that he doesn't have any horses that "are what you or I would call special."

Jockey race looks interesting

Unlike years past, the race for leading rider at the inner track meet could be very interesting. By virtue of his 11-win week, Eibar Coa has vaulted to the lead, 25-21, over Mike Luzzi. Apprentice Kyle Kaenel (19 wins) and Norberto Arroyo Jr. (17) are in striking distance.

With three months remaining, they all need to beware of Ramon Dominguez, the Maryland-based jockey who recently started riding here full-time. Dominguez is up to six wins and has a tendency to win races in bunches.