01/01/2002 1:00AM

Iron Deputy gets his first distance test


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Training hours at Belmont Park were relatively quiet on New Year's Day, the official birthday for Thoroughbreds, with few horses on the work tab and many horsemen taking the frigid morning off.

Tuesday was business as usual, however, for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who is preparing the promising Iron Deputy for his 3-year-old and two-turn debut in Saturday's $75,000-added Count Fleet Stakes.

In only three career starts, Iron Deputy, who is owned by John and Susan Moore, has shown his connections he's a talented individual. A Silver Deputy colt, Iron Deputy finished a narrowly beaten second in his debut in September after an awkward start from the one-hole in a 12-horse field. Jerkens ran him back a month later and Iron Deputy easily won a maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths. The victory encouraged Jerkens to try Iron Deputy in a stakes for his next start and the colt proved he was ready for the challenge by winning the Huntington Stakes by four lengths on Nov. 25 over Aqueduct's main track.

"We knew in Saratoga he had a lot of talent," Jerkens said. "He was working too fast too early [in his career] and was getting too nervous. So we backed off a little bit and waited until September to run him. He ran sensational in his first race. He got a clear lead, but just failed to last."

The mile-and-70-yard Count Fleet will give Jerkens an idea if distance races are going to be part of Iron Deputy's future. His three starts so far have been at six furlongs.

"There's a lot of money for 3-year-olds going long," Jerkens said. "I just hope it's his thing. He's bred for it - there's a lot of stamina on his dam's side."

Others pointing to the Count Fleet are Coach Knight, D'Coach, Dynamic Lord, Hero's Glow, Pal's Partner, Smoked Em, and White Ibis.

Stymie major target for Coyote Lakes

Trainer Bruce Levine said Coyote Lakes, who won his second consecutive Gallant Fox on Saturday, came out of that 1 5/8-mile marathon "acting like he didn't run. You could run him today."

Levine said his main objective for Coyote Lakes, who turned 8 on Tuesday, is the $100,000-added Stymie Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race on March 9. Levine said he would like to get an allowance race into the gelding before then.

While Levine's immediate plans for Coyote Lakes are not etched in stone, the trainer has a specific long-range goal for his marathon runner: the 2002 Gallant Fox. If he does run in this year's Gallant Fox, it will be Coyote Lakes's fifth appearance in the race.

As he usually does, Levine will give Coyote Lakes the summer off.

"He'll be 8, but we'll try to do it again," Levine said. "He trains like a 2-year-old. By turning him out over the summer, it keeps him fresh and happy, and doesn't burn him out."

Allowance sprinters in spotlight

A first-level allowance for newly turned 3-year-old colts and geldings serves as Thursday's featured eighth race.

Dynamic Lord and Double My Prospect look like the horses to beat in the six-furlong race, which drew six horses.

Trainer John Kimmel thought enough of Dynamic Lord to nominate him to Saturday's $75,000-added Count Fleet after his maiden win here on Dec. 13.

Dynamic Lord, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, stumbled at the start of the six-furlong race and was up in time for a three-quarter-length win in 1:10.89.

Double My Prospect won his debut here on Dec. 15 by 3 3/4 lengths for trainer Scott Lake, who led the nation in wins for the second year in a row in 2001. Mike Luzzi, who is enjoying a solid inner track meet, rides Double My Prospect.

* Jimmy Jerkens said he skipped Tuesday's Interborough Handicap with graded stakes winner Dat You Miz Blue because he felt the filly needed more time in between starts. He said Dat You Miz Blue will be pointed to the $75,000-added Correction Handicap on Feb. 2.

* John Velazquez, Richard Dutrow Jr., and Sanford Goldfarb all earned their first year-end titles in New York at the conclusion of the 2001 racing season on Sunday. Velazquez led riders with 239 wins from 1,047 mounts. Edgar Prado took second place with 193 winners. Dutrow, who trains for Goldfarb, won 86 races from 346 starters. Todd Pletcher was second with 71. Goldfarb, who finished second by a narrow margin to Frank Stronach in 2000, won 49 races, four more than Richard Englander, who led the nation in wins and money earned among owners last year.

* The price increases for grandstand and clubhouse seating and admission at Saratoga, which were announced last week by the New York Racing Association, also include box seats. Increases in the price of boxes range from $29.75 to $59.50 per day.

* Lorenzo Lezcano, the inner track's leading apprentice, was handed his second careless riding suspension at the meet by the Aqueduct stewards. Lezcano's latest infraction occurred in Saturday's seventh race aboard Trounce, who was disqualified from first to second for interfering with Arromanches. Lezcano has appealed both of his 10-day suspensions and a stay has been granted.