01/23/2002 12:00AM

Iron Deputy on sidelines with leg injury


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Iron Deputy, a back-to-back winner of the Huntington and Count Fleet stakes, will be sidelined for three months with a leg injury, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Wednesday.

Iron Deputy, a 3-year-old son of Silver Deputy, came out of his win in the $83,300 Count Fleet on Jan. 5, with a small fracture of the cannon bone.

"It's a little fracture in the cannon bone - [down] low," Jerkens said. "It doesn't need surgery, but we have stopped on him for a while. He'll be out about three months."

Jerkens said Dr. Larry Bramlage, who evaluated Iron Deputy's fracture, said the injury would benefit from stimulation, which will aid in healing the break. Heeding Bramlage's advice, Jerkens has kept the colt in his Belmont Park barn, where he is being jogged.

Iron Deputy, owned by John and Susan Moore, won a maiden race in his second start last fall. Off the maiden win, Iron Deputy won the Huntington by four lengths on Nov. 25. Stretching out for the first time in the mile-and-70-yard Count Fleet, Iron Deputy was a 2 3/4-length winner, covering the distance in a quick 1:41.67.

Before Iron Deputy's injury was discovered, Jerkens had planned on running him in the $75,000-added Whirlaway on Feb. 9.

Even with Iron Deputy on the sidelines, Jerkens has no shortage of stakes horses in his barn. On Saturday at Aqueduct, Jerkens will run Wrangler, a good-looking winner of an allowance race here Jan. 1, in the $75,000-added Paumonok, a sprint handicap for males. The following day, Jerkens will saddle Madame X Ski, a winner of her last start, in the $75,000-added Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Jerkens nominated Voodoo to the Paumonok, but said the 4-year-old gelding will run instead in the $200,000 General George at Laurel Park on Feb. 18. Voodoo hasn't run since finishing third in the Grade 2 Fall Highweight on Nov. 22. Big E E, another Paumonok nominee for Jerkens, is getting some time off.

Jerkens said Dat You Miz Blue, a graded stakes winner in 2001, is being pointed to the $75,000-added Correction, a handicap for fillies and mares on Feb. 2 at the Big A.

Peeping Tom is Paumonok highweight

Peeping Tom, who hasn't paid a visit to the winner's circle since the Grade 1 Carter last May, was assigned 119 pounds as the Paumonok highweight.

Others expected to run in the six-furlong Paumonok are Here's Zealous (118), Kashatreya (114), Late Carson (114), and Wrangler (113). Governor's Pride (115), Run Kush Run (110), and Vodka (110) are possible starters.

Boston Party off to Dubai

Trainer Lenny Imperio said Boston Party, a graded stakes winner in this country for his Saudi Arabian connections, recently left New York for the Middle East and a possible start in an undercard stakes on the Dubai World Cup program on March 23.

Imperio said he doesn't know who is training Boston Party, a 6-year-old owned by Ann Fostock, in Saudi Arabia, but believes the horse is a candidate to run in a mile dirt race on the Dubai World Cup undercard. Boston Party wasn't among the early nominees to the $1 million Godolphin Mile, but there is a second closing this month for the Group 2 race.

In winning a mile-and-70-yard classified allowance race and defeating Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success on Jan. 5, Boston Party earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure, the second-highest Beyer this year in a race longer than a mile. Only Evening Attire's 112 Beyer, earned Saturday in the Aqueduct Handicap, is higher.

D'Coach benefits by Iron Deputy's injury

D'Coach, the beaten favorite in the Count Fleet, won't have to worry about Iron Deputy when he runs next in the Whirlaway Stakes.

D'Coach made his stakes debut in the Count Fleet after a maiden win and a second in a first-level allowance. Buzz Tenney, trainer Shug McGaughey's assistant, said he was pleased with D'Coach's second-place effort behind Iron Deputy in the Count Fleet.

"He ran great; he just couldn't catch up to [Iron Deputy], who got a jump on the field," Tenney said. "The winner ran a pretty good time in there, too."

Tenney said D'Coach will work this weekend or early next week. On Jan. 18, D'Coach covered a half-mile in 49.85 seconds, breezing, over Belmont Park's training track.

Any Scoop seeks third straight win

Any Scoop, a winner of two consecutive starts over the inner track, tries for three in a row in Friday's feature, a $46,000 allowance race.

Any Scoop is one of six older fillies and mares entered in the second-level allowance race, which will be run over a mile and around two turns on the inner track.

New York-bred Any Scoop, who will be ridden by Mike Luzzi, primarily raced on the turf last year. When trainer Joe Lostritto returned her to the dirt in December, Any Scoop answered with a two-length win over statebreds. Any Scoop followed that race with a win against open company Jan. 5.

The Numbers Add Up, Foxy Red, and Dixie Doree were all winners of their last starts at a mile over the inner track.

Bayou Blues and Beijio complete the field.

* Affirmed Success worked a bullet 1:01.93, breezing, at Belmont Park on Tuesday in preparation for his next start in the Grade 2 General George, Feb. 18 at Laurel, a race he won in 2000.