08/08/2001 11:00PM

Iwinski having babies


Allen Iwinski is best known as a trainer who excels at claiming horses. This season, however, Iwinski is expanding his horizons with a group of 2-year-olds.

Haunted Lass, a leading candidate for Monday's $75,000 Everget Stakes at Delaware Park for 2-year-old fillies, is a good example how Iwinski's barn is focusing more on developing juvenile runners.

"In past years, we only had three to five a year," said Iwinski, the leading trainer at Delaware last year and in 1997. "This year, we have about 20. The Iwin99 partnership owns seven of them. We have another filly, Metal Chimes, who won first out. Another we have is Count the Stars, who was third twice. We have several others getting ready, and we also have a couple more back on the farm that are just a little bit away from running."

According to Iwinski, having babies in his barn is not a one-year deal.

"We are getting ready to go to the sales and start all over again," he said. "We will go to Florida and Keeneland, and if we still need a couple more, we will be at Timonium, too, buying a few."

Iwinski explained his rationale for actively seeking raw talent. "I want our operation to move into the babies," he said. "Claiming horses is great. We have claimed two or three stake horses every year that will win small stakes. But we cannot get to that next level without getting into the babies."

Haunted Lass won her career debut via disqualification on July 9, then returned to crush nonwinners-of-two-lifetime allowance company by 5 1/4 lengths in a five-furlong sprint on July 28.

If Haunted Lass improves again in the six-furlong Everget, it will be a special victory for Iwinski. He has won five stakes here during his career, but none with a 2-year-old.

Four-win day for Rose

Apprentice rider Jeremy Rose extended his lead in the jockey standings by notching four winners last Sunday.

Heading into last weekend, Rose was in front of five-time defending champion Mike McCarthy by three wins. But by Friday, Rose had ridden 78 winners. McCarthy was second with 73 and Anthony Black third with 68.

It was the second time in Rose's short career that he notched four winners on a single card. His first four-win day came here May 26 when he scored aboard four of his five mounts.

Three of Rose's four wins last weekend came on horses trained by Tim Ritchey, including Urban Dancer ($14.40) in the Royal Signal Stakes. The Royal Signal was the third stakes win of the meet for Rose.

Mumbo Jumbo a winner

After an 11-month layoff and surgery to remove a chip in her ankle, stakes-winning filly Mumbo Jumbo returned to win an overnight handicap here by a nose last Saturday. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.87 and earned an 89 Beyer Speed Figure.

A year ago, Mumbo Jumbo won the Pennsylvania Oaks at Philadelphia Park and the Autumn Leaf here. Overall, she has won 6 of 9 starts. Trainer Mike Zwiesler is uncertain where he will run his 4-year-old filly next but said he would prefer to race her on turf.

* Hall of Fame trainer Leroy Jolley has relocated his stable at Delaware. Jolley, 63, brought five horses from Kentucky and plans to add several more soon. He trained five Eclipse Award winners, including 1980 Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk. He won the Delaware Handicap here with Optimistic Gal in 1976.