01/08/2007 1:00AM

Invasor buckles down for Donn


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It was a weird 72 hours in New York racing.

On Friday, a Belmont Stakes winner raced over Aqueduct's inner track, though Jazil could do no better than second. On Saturday, a January day when the temperature reached 72 degrees at nearby JFK Airport, a 71-year-old jockey rode in a race, although Frank Amonte Sr. finished last aboard on Eightyninecentsday, trained by his 46-year-old son, Frank Amonte Jr.

Capping off the peculiar weekend was the sight of likely Horse of the Year Invasor working out over Belmont Park's training track on Sunday morning.

Invasor's half-mile breeze in 48.75 seconds was actually his second move this year over the training track. This one, however, was more serious than his first, as Invasor breezed in company with a claiming horse named Forecourt.

Breaking off about two or three lengths behind Forecourt, Invasor gradually advanced toward his stablemate and finished about a head in front at the wire. Invasor went his first quarter in 24 seconds and his second quarter in 24.75 and was not asked for a serious gallop-out by exercise rider Barry Downes.

"He was very willing, looked great doing it, excellent move," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "He's very fit."

The work was the second for Invasor since his upset of Bernardini in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. Shortly after that race, Invasor was shipped to McLaughlin's Palm Meadows stable, but was shipped back to New York on Christmas Eve when several cases of equine herpesvirus were detected at other training centers in Florida.

Since the Breeders' Cup was Invasor's first start in three months, McLaughlin kept the colt in regular training at Palm Meadows. Invasor is being pointed to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 3, meaning he'll have another three months in between starts.

"We never really stopped - we kept right on going, knowing the next race is 90 days [away]," McLaughlin said. "It's not like you can say let's give him 30 days off and start back up. It was nice to be able to gallop him and give him a galloping vacation, but for him it's strong gallops. Where a lot of horses go 18 seconds an eighth, he goes 16 seconds."

McLaughlin said that depending on weather, Invasor could have one more work in New York before returning to Florida.

Meanwhile, McLaughlin said Jazil came out of his second-place finish to Take the Bluff in a second-level allowance race last Friday in excellent shape, and remains on course for the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 3.

Golden Dreamer likely headed to Florida

Golden Dreamer, the sharp winner of Sunday's Ruthless Stakes here, will likely make her next start in Florida, said Ernie Paragallo, the authorized agent for his family-owned Paraneck Stable.

Golden Dreamer, a New York-bred daughter of Malabar Gold, went gate to wire in the Ruthless under Norberto Arroyo Jr. and covered six furlongs in 1:10.26. She earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 88 and has now won 4 of 5 career starts.

Paragallo said Golden Dreamer would likely van to the Classic Mile training center in Ocala, Fla., by next week. She could be pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 10 and then possibly the Grade 2, $150,000 Forward Gal on March 10. Those races are at 6 1/2 and seven furlongs, respectively. Gulfstream also runs the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss at 1 1/8 miles on March 10. The $200,000 Florida Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay is another possibility, though that race is ungraded.

"We'll probably gradually stretch her out," Paragallo said. "I think she'll go further. She's a very good filly; we'll let her tell us what to do. Norberto said she's the fastest horse he's ever been on. I don't know how true that is, but she's a very good filly."

Meanwhile, Paragallo said he will consider pointing Count Fleet Stakes winner Pink Viper to the Whirlaway on Feb. 10, though he wasn't committing to it. Paragallo said he doesn't view Pink Viper as a "Derby-caliber horse."

"But," he added, "I don't see too many great ones out there that are."

Pink Viper earned a modest Beyer Speed Figure of 80 in the Count Fleet, just his second win from 11 starts.

Parker: Johannesburg Star still on Derby trail

Despite finishing second to Pink Viper in Saturday's Count Fleet Stakes, Johannesburg Star remains on the road to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Joe Parker said Monday.

Parker said Johannesburg Star came out of race "spectacularly" and will more than likely be pointed to the Whirlaway.

"The whole focus is on the Kentucky Derby - that's the trail we're on if we can get there," Parker said. "I ain't giving up. I think it's a little setback, nothing to worry about."

Parker again expressed his desire to see Johannesburg Star on the lead, but he was fourth in the early stages before making a short lead at the five-sixteenths pole and then flattening out. Parker said he will most likely keep jockey C.C. Lopez on the horse.

Johannesburg Star raised some eyebrows when he earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure winning a maiden race on Dec. 9.

Bridgmohan impressed with Sports Town

If Pink Viper and Johannesburg Star run in the Whirlaway, one of their toughest opponents will be Sports Town, who was visually impressive Sunday morning drilling four furlongs in 46.87 seconds Sunday at Belmont. The move was the fastest of 73 recorded at the distance.

Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode Sports Town to victory in a first-level allowance race Dec. 27, was aboard for the move and was lavishing praise on the Belong to Me colt afterward.

"He's starting to figure out what he's got to do," Bridgmohan said. "He worked by himself; he was very impressive. The first time I breezed him he worked in company and he breezed phenomenal then, but this was a different feel. He galloped out really strong, too. He's really, really a pretty nice little horse."

Sports Town, trained by John Terranova, is 2 for 3, with all of his races coming at six furlongs. Bridgmohan is confident the colt can stretch out, something he would be asked to do in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway.

Another Whirlaway contender, the undefeated New York-bred Lawrence the Roman, worked an easy five furlongs in 1:04.09 Sunday at Aqueduct.