01/29/2004 12:00AM

How far can Jaglander go?


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After winning his first two starts by a combined margin of 11 lengths, Jaglander will run next in the $75,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 7.

Jaglander, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., won two New York-bred races at six furlongs. He will meet open company in the Whirlaway, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Dutrow, who trains Jaglander for Leslie L. Alexander, doesn't want to speculate on whether the son of Mazel Trick will be anything more than a sprinter.

"How far is he going to go?" Dutrow asked rhetorically. "What I think, is once we try him, we'll have a better idea. We've got nothing to lose by running. There probably won't be a whole lot of good horses in there."

Jaglander won his debut by 7 1/2 lengths in the slop and in fog as thick as pea soup on Dec. 17. He beat a next-out winner, Coined for Success. On Jan. 7, Jaglander returned in a second-level allowance race and broke awkwardly from the rail, but quickly settled into stride and went on to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

Quick Action, the 7 3/4-length winner of the Fred "Cappy" Capossela, will be the Whirlaway favorite. Others pointing to the race are Little Matth Man, Redskin Warrior, and Sinister G. RB's Glitter and Christian Anthony are listed as possible starters by the racing office.

Distressed Debt frustrates Violette

Trainer Richard Violette Jr. nominated Distressed Debt and Swingforthefences for the Whirlaway, but said neither would run.

Swingforthefences, who was bought last year for $300,000 at auction by Klaravich Stables, is in Florida with Violette and will run next in an allowance at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 14.

Violette said he hasn't been getting positive signals from Distressed Debt, who is stabled at Aqueduct. Distressed Debt, who also is owned by Klaravich Stables, finished last in Aqueduct's Count Fleet Stakes on Jan. 3, beaten 30 1/2 lengths. The Count Fleet was preceded by a 6 3/4-length win in a first-level allowance race. This has been Distressed Debt's pattern - a top race, followed by an awful performance.

"I did a myectomy after his last race, almost out of desperation," Violette said. "You almost have to think it's a problem with him getting air. I don't know why he ran so poorly last time. It defies logic. But after running bad, he's not himself. I haven't found the key there yet."

Jester Rahab points for Fritchie

Jester Rahab, who won a second-level allowance race at Aqueduct on Jan. 22, could make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 14.

In just her second start off a year layoff, Jester Rahab overcame a traffic-filled trip to rally up the rail and beat the favored Cativa by a neck. Jester Rahab ran six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.39 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 86 for her effort.

"I thought she was awesome," trainer Bruce Levine said. "From the three-eighths pole to the three-sixteenths pole, there was no place to go. She ran 1:10-and-one; how much faster can you go on the inner?"

The Barbara Fritchie is run at seven furlongs, a fact that Levine thinks will benefit the filly.

"The further she goes the better she'll be," Levine said.

Jester Rahab, who has been in the money in 19 of 20 career starts, was away from the races for a year due to soreness, Levine said.

Meanwhile, Levine said he may run Way to the Top back in the Grade 2, $200,000 General George Handicap at Laurel on Feb. 16. Way to the Top finished a disappointing fifth as the favorite in last Saturday's Paumonok Handicap. Levine didn't have a plausible excuse but said Way to the Top came out of the race in good order.

Well-stocked for upcoming stakes

Trainer Tony Dutrow lost a stakes winner from his barn when Island Sand, who won last Sunday's Busanda, was sold and sent to Oaklawn Park. But Dutrow is still armed with stakes runners and will be represented by several stakes horses in the coming weeks at Aqueduct.

Saturday, Dutrow sends out Elegant Designer in the $75,000 Correction. He plans on running either She's a Rebel Too or Among My Souvenirs, a stakes winner in Maryland, in the $75,000 Dearly Precious on Feb. 14. If Among My Souvenirs, who is undefeated in two starts, doesn't run in the Dearly Precious, Dutrow said the $75,000 Busher on Feb. 28 is the likely spot. Goodin, who won his career debut for Dutrow at Aqueduct on Jan. 4, is being pointed to the $75,000 Best Turn on Feb. 21.

Win and Place Stable bought Goodin, a Mr. Greeley colt, last year for $240,000 at Fasig-Tipton's February sale at Calder.

- additional reporting by David Grening