04/09/2006 11:00PM

Jazil, Flashy Bull could use some help

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - As a horseplayer, Kiaran McLaughlin likes to look for value. As the trainer of two 3-year-olds on the bubble of making it into the Kentucky Derby, McLaughlin will be rooting for the favorites to win the last round of prep races.

McLaughlin would like to run both Jazil, the Wood runner-up, and Flashy Bull, the Fountain of Youth runner-up, in the May 6 Kentucky Derby. But if more than 20 horses are entered for the Derby, the field is determined based on earnings in graded stakes. At the moment, Jazil is 17th and Flashy Bull 21st on the list of horses that remain under consideration for the Derby.

There are several horses expected to run in this weekend's Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby with less graded earnings than McLaughlin's duo. Top two finishes by such horses as Strong Contender (Blue Grass) and Steppenwolfer (Arkansas Derby) could push Jazil and Flashy Bull down on the list.

"Hopefully, the First Samurais and Lawyer Rons have good days and Bluegrass Cat runs well,'' McLaughlin said, referring to 3-year-olds already ahead of Jazil and Flashy Bull on the earnings list who are running this weekend.

Jazil earned $150,000 by unleashing a late kick that got him up for second behind Bob and John in last Saturday's Wood Memorial. Though Jazil has only 1 win from 6 starts, McLaughlin feels his horse is worthy of running in the Derby. McLaughlin said Jazil bled while finishing seventh in the Fountain of Youth. Before that, he ran a good second to the highly regarded - but now injured - Corinthian in an allowance race at Gulfstream.

"I guess you have to say he has a legitimate chance to win it,'' said McLaughlin, who finished second in last year's Derby with 71-1 shot Closing Argument. "His style is great other than the fact he's got to weave through 19 horses instead of seven. He definitely will get the mile and a quarter.''

Flashy Bull, a son of Holy Bull, is just 1 for 9, but was put up to second in the Fountain of Youth and finished second behind Bluegrass Cat in last November's Remsen Stakes. He has $109,000 in graded earnings.

McLaughlin said Flashy Bull came down with a case of the thumps - an electrolyte imbalance - following his seventh-place finish in the Florida Derby.

"I just think he had a legitimate excuse on the day,'' McLaughlin said. "He had not taken the kickback before and he just did not like it. It might have caused the thumps or exacerbated the situation.''

McLaughlin also trains Like Now, the Gotham winner who ranks 19th on the earnings list. Like Now had to be withheld from Saturday's Wood Memorial because he spiked a temperature last week. While McLaughlin didn't rule out the Kentucky Derby, he mentioned the Preakness as a more likely scenario. Like Now, who missed five days of training, returned to the track Monday morning and is being considered for the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 22.

"It looks like he will probably not go to the Derby unless he won the Lexington the right way,'' McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said Fernando Jara would keep the mount on Jazil for the Kentucky Derby.

Deputy Glitters still Derby-bound

Despite a sixth-place finish in Saturday's Wood, Deputy Glitters will still be pointed to the Kentucky Derby, trainer Tom Albertrani said Monday morning.

Deputy Glitters emerged as a Kentucky Derby candidate with his win over Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 18. Saturday, Deputy Glitters caught a sloppy track he had already shown a disdain for when he was sixth in last year's Champagne.

Albertrani had considered scratching Deputy Glitters, but felt the Wood would be run differently than the Champagne, was thrilled with how well his horse was training, and had no guarantee there wouldn't be a wet track this weekend at Keeneland.

"I'm going to throw the race out and go by his last two races at Tampa,'' Albertrani said. "He showed us enough where he deserves a chance to be in the Derby.''

Albertrani said Jose Lezcano would retain the mount for the Derby.

Showing Up pointed to Lexington

Showing Up, the unbeaten colt who was held out of the Wood because of a bruised foot, resumed training on Monday and is being pointed to the Lexington at Keeneland.

Showing Up, who won his first two races impressively, galloped one mile at Belmont Park on Monday wearing a "hospital'' plate on his right foot. The metal plate covers the bottom of the foot and is put on with four bolts and a ratchet. The plate protects the bottom of the foot when it hits the ground and keeps dirt out of it, thus helping to avoid an infection.

"I wasn't going to gallop him but he was really feeling good to the point where he was going to hurt himself if I didn't gallop him,'' said Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg who was aboard Showing Up on Monday.

After the gallop, Smullen removed the plate and wrapped the colt's foot in gauze. Later, Showing Up was to soak his foot in a tub of hot water and Epsom salts.

Smullen said Showing Up may breeze on Wednesday.

Silver Train whistles in work

Silver Train, scratched from Saturday's Grade 1 Carter due to the wet track, drilled six furlongs in 1:11.05 on Monday at Aqueduct. The defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner is being pointed to the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on May 29. It is unclear if he will run before then.

"I'm very, very happy with my boy,'' trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said.

Dutrow said that he plans to point New York Hero to the Met Mile following his victory in an allowance race last Friday. New York Hero was making his first start for Dutrow and his first start since last August. After setting the early pace, New York Hero turned back challenges from Kennel Up and Bahama John to win by a head.

New York Hero ran one mile in 1:36.70 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

"If he hadn't been under pressure from the word go, you would have really seen him run his race,'' Dutrow said. "I think he'd rather fall into the race and make that middle move. Ain't nobody going to tell me he don't belong running in a race like the Met; he's a nice horse.''

Bishop Court Hill, the upset winner of the Carter, will not be pointed to the Met. Instead, he will likely run in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap at six furlongs on May 13.

Dominguez heading to Delaware

Despite an extremely successful winter meet at Aqueduct, jockey Ramon Dominguez rode his last day in New York on Saturday and will begin riding again when Delaware Park opens on April 22.

"It was a very tough decision for my agent and I to make,'' said Dominguez, who lives near Delaware Park with his expectant wife and 15-month-old son. "Mainly it was family-related. My wife and my son, I'm sure they would have been more than happy to come if I asked them to, but I don't think it would have been fair at this point in time. Hopefully, next year we're a little more established and things are different where I can come and bring them from the get-go.''

Dominguez won 100 races during the inner-track meet and his horses earned $3,051,302. Both figures were second only to Eibar Coa. Dominguez's nine wins leads all riders since Aqueduct's main track opened.

Dominguez said he is likely to ride at Saratoga, where last summer he won 20 races, seventh in the standings.