12/12/2002 12:00AM

If Trust N Luck gets early lead he might prove uncatchable


MIAMI - Trust N Luck's only two victories have come after the speedy 2-year-old was able to shake loose on the lead. So there is little doubt what trainer Ralph Ziadie's strategy will be when he stretches Trust N Luck back out around two turns for Saturday's $100,000 What a Pleasure Stakes at Calder.

"If he gets the lead I don't think they'll beat him," Ziadie said shortly before a field of seven 2-year-old colts was drawn for the What a Pleasure.

The What a Pleasure will serve as a co-feature on Saturday's 12-race program along with its filly counterpart, the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes, which drew a field of seven juvenile fillies.

Trust N Luck led throughout to win his career debut and used similar tactics to capture the In Reality Stakes, the final leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The In Reality was decided at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the What a Pleasure.

Trust N Luck turned back to seven furlongs for his last start, the Jack Price Juvenile, and finished a well- beaten fourth as the 3-2 favorite after being bounced around leaving the gate.

"He's been an unlucky gate horse all season," said Ziadie. "Either he gets bumped or he breaks slow or he takes a left turn."

The left turn Ziadie was referring to occurred shortly after the start of the seven-furlong Affirmed division of the Stallion Stakes when Trust N Luck wheeled and lost his rider as the 4-5 favorite.

Ziadie's chief competition for the front end and perhaps the $60,000 first prize in the What a Pleasure figures to come from Seek Gold, one of trainer Nick Zito's top 2-year-old prospects. Seek Gold has won each of his last two starts gate to wire, including his local debut against entry-level allowance company.

The other horses in the field have all done their best from off the pace.

White Cat rallied five wide to capture his first-level allowance condition at Churchill Downs on Nov. 9. He returned three weeks later to finish sixth behind the undefeated Soto in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes after making a strong middle move to join the leaders near midstretch.

Super Frolic comes off the turf following an eventful trip in the Mecke Stakes. He is undefeated in three tries over Calder's main track.

R. Associate returns from Delaware, where he finished a late-striding fifth in the Dover Stakes.

Patriotic Flame rallied to defeat entry-level allowance company last month, while Fort Smith fell a neck short of upsetting Seek Gold.

Zito also has another top young prospect, Bird Town, in the Three Ring, which came up the weaker of the two stakes.

Bird Town was an easy 6 3/4-length winner when stretched around two turns for the first time in Kentucky, then suffered through an unlucky trip when second as the 2-5 favorite against allowance company in her most recent start.

Bolaro ships in from Ohio, where she captured a pair of restricted stakes, sandwiching those victories around a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Makin Heat, winner of Laurel's Selima Stakes on Nov. 16, was supplemented to the Three Ring at a cost of $3,000.

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