07/29/2001 11:00PM

Jamaican Rum joins Haskell field

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational gained another West Coast representative Monday, Jamaican Rum.

Jamaican Rum was scheduled to arrive at Monmouth on Tuesday after flying in from California.

His trainer, James Cassidy, said the horse would possibly put in a final breeze over the Monmouth track Friday. Jamaican Rum, a well-closing third in the Grade 1 Swaps behind slow fractions, could be primed for a top effort in the Haskell, as he worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds last Thursday at Del Mar. Cassidy called it the "best work he's ever had."

Jamaican Rum, who will carry 116 pounds, has displayed versatility and consistency throughout his career. He ran second in the Arkansas Derby and sixth in the Kentucky Derby. He also has a turf stakes win this year. His late-running style may be useful with an expected quick pace set by Touch Tone, Hero's Tribute, and possibly Burning Roma.

Cassidy said he is confident Jamaican Rum will put in a solid showing.

"If we get a good trip, I'm looking for good things to happen," Cassidy said. "Point Given only beat him a length in the Derby and we both had trouble, but if Point Given runs his best and we run our best, we don't have a shot. I don't think anyone can beat Point Given on his best day."

Point Given will fly in Thursday

Point Given and Touch Tone are both slated to arrive Thursday. Touch Tone will van down from Saratoga, and will be joined by his trainer, Ronny Werner, later that day. Point Given is scheduled to arrive at Newark Airport aboard a Federal Express plane. Bob Baffert will arrive Saturday night here, after he saddles Congaree in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga.

Hero's Tribute, trained by John Ward, will van here Friday from Saratoga, and Burning Roma will come up from Maryland for trainer Tony Dutrow on race day.

Other probable starters for the race are First Spear, Indygo Shiner, and Scorpion

Secretariat next for Navesink

Navesink, who convincingly won the $250,000 Kent Breeders' Cup on July 22 at Delaware Park, will likely make his next start in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18, according to his trainer, Alan Goldberg. Navesink has four wins in five starts, his only loss coming in his first stakes appearance, the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont two starts back. He set the Lennox turf course record here in an allowance victory June 1.

"He couldn't have come out of the race any better," said Goldberg.

Goldberg said that, if possible, Navesink would fly to Chicago on race day.

Bizarre show payoffs in stakes

A huge roar came from the Saturday crowd of 13,550 after Katz Me If You Can failed to fire and finished fourth in the four-horse Blue Sparkler Stakes field. Fans with show tickets on the winner, Timely Affair, Shutup and Dance, and Cedar Knolls turned a nice profit.

A total of $159,000 of the $165,000 show pool was wagered on Katz Me If You Can, the 6-5 second choice. A show bet of $100,000 was wagered through either Saratoga or Aqueduct. The show price of Shutup and Dance, the 4-5 favorite, was $28.40; Timely Affair paid $79.60, and Cedar Knolls's show payoff was $67.40.

The show payoff of Timely Affair, the longest shot on the board, broke a 24-year-old track record of $70.

Doc Wild wants more distance

Doc Wild may not have won the $50,000 Tyro Stakes on Sunday, but he definitely made a nice impression with his second-place performance, especially to those who dismissed him at 9-1.

Doc Wild came flying late to only lose by three-quarters of a length to Pure Precision. He will surely appreciate the six furlongs of the Grade 3 Sapling on Aug. 18, a likely spot for his next start.

"He ran like we thought he would," said Brian Ange, assistant trainer here to John Kimmel. "I think that longer distances, like one mile or 1 1/16 miles, will suit him much better. He always finishes strong at the ends of his workouts."

Doc Wild was an impressive maiden winner here July 4, defeating one of the tougher 2-year-old fields assembled this meet. Although he was a convincing winner, his speed figure did not come up as strong as expected. That could explain for his high odds, along with the fact that out-of-town shippers Storm Passage and Outstander took a lot of money. Yet Doc Wild was one of only two Tyro entrants to have won over the track, and the home-track advantage was definitely beneficial.

"He had dirt kicked in his face during the race, and it caused him to lose some momentum," Ange said. "He probably would've been closer to the winner."

* Talike, trained by Goldberg, heads a field of 10 entered for Wednesday's feature, a $39,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up. Talike, a 3-year-old, had been scratched out of the Dearly Precious Stakes on July 21, and should be a heavy favorite off her 2-1-0 career record. Her only loss came to Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks starter Astrid.