07/26/2002 11:00PM

It's weight-and-see for Kona Gold


DEL MAR, Calif. - Kona Gold was scratched from Saturday's $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar after co-owner Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley said they were unsatisfied with the 124-pound weight assignment.

A winner of 13 of 25 starts and $2.1 million, Kona Gold was the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the six-furlong Bing Crosby, a race he won in 2000 and 2001.

Headley, who shares ownership with Irwin and Andrew Molasky, said they were unhappy with the eight-pound spread between Kona Gold and Disturbingthepeace, who beat the 8-year-old Kona Gold in the Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 6.

"We felt strongly that it's a disadvantage," Headley said. "Maybe age is starting to catch up with him."

The 2000 champion sprinter Kona Gold has shown erratic form in the last year, with one win in five starts. The Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park on Oct. 26 remains a long-term goal, with possible preps in the Pat O'Brien Handicap on Aug. 18 or the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in October.

"If they weight him too much, I'll go to the Breeders' Cup," Headley said. "He runs well fresh."

Nakatani back in winner's circle

Three days after returning from a 12-week break caused by injury, Jockey Corey Nakatani won two races Friday, including the $125,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes on the longshot Humorous Lady.

Nakatani suffered head and neck injuries in a spill at Hollywood Park on May 2. He resumed working horses in early July and made his comeback on Wednesday's opening day at Del Mar.

Nakatani's first winner of the meeting came on Paradise Patty ($21.40) in the fifth race. His victory on Humorous Lady came on the longest shot in the stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies.

Trained by Jim Chapman, Humorous Lady ($82.20) led throughout, holding off Golden KK to win by a nose. Souvenir Crown finished fourth, but was promoted to third after Little Bit a Swiss was disqualified from third and placed last for causing interference at the start.

Suances to Arlington Million

Suances, the winner of two stakes in the spring, is being pointed for the Arlington Million over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Arlington Park on Aug. 17 after passing Sunday's Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar.

Trainer Darrell Vienna said he was unhappy with the way the 5-year-old Suances trained in the buildup to the Read. "I don't think he's on top of his game," Vienna said. "I think he's lost a slight amount of weight. He's a little keen right now."

Suances finished fourth as the favorite in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Monmouth Park on July 6, fading in the final furlong after leading.

Vienna is concerned that Suances may have distance limitations. His two stakes wins came in the Grade 2 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile and the Dallas Turf Cup over 1 1/8 miles.

The distance of the Million is a concern for Vienna, but he said he would prefer to train Suances up to the race, saying, "but at least we'll be going with a horse who is right."

- additional reporting by Brad Free