06/21/2002 12:00AM

With Lady away, Chamrousse may play


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Niall O'Callaghan wasn't considering Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park for Chamrousse when he thought Take Charge Lady was running, but he might change his mind now.

Last week, Take Charge Lady's trainer, Ken McPeek, said she would receive some time off and would not run in the Mother Goose. As a result, Chamrousse, who has been beaten twice by Take Charge Lady this year, is now "50-50" for the 1 1/8-mile Mother Goose, O'Callaghan said.

"I hadn't planned on it because Take Charge Lady is a filly I couldn't beat in the past," O'Callaghan said Friday. "I'm giving [running] some consideration now."

In her last start, Chamrousse won her first stakes, the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 18. Chamrousse caught a break when Take Charge Lady was scratched from the Black-Eyed Susan when she got sick.

Earlier in the year, Chamrousse, a daughter of Peaks and Valleys, finished third in three graded races, including the Silverbulletday and Fair Grounds Oaks, both won by Take Charge Lady.

After the Black-Eyed Susan, O'Callaghan targeted the $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, a 1 1/2-mile race at Belmont on July 20, as Chamrousse's next start.

"She really didn't get a break from her first start [through] the Black-Eyed Susan," O'Callaghan said. "She was a little tired after her last race and lost a bit of weight. She's put the weight on fairly quickly and is doing well. I'll wait a few days to see if we should run."

O'Callaghan said he would make a decision after Chamrousse breezes at Churchill Downs on Monday.

Other probables for the Mother Goose are Bella Bellucci, Belterra, Dust Me Off, Nonsuch Bay, and Alchemilla.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin nominated three fillies to the Mother Goose - Dubai Falls, Jilbab, and Seba - and said if the field stays small he might run one of them.

Nonsuch Baby worked six furlongs in 1:14.83 on Friday over Belmont's main track.

Hussar may wheel back in Tremont

Hussar, a professional-looking winner of a maiden race here on June 16, is under consideration for the $100,000-added Tremont, which will be run Saturday, the same day as the Mother Goose. The 5 1/2-furlong Tremont, a Grade 3, is for 2-year-olds.

Hussar, who is trained by Todd Pletcher, won his career debut by 5 1/4 lengths over a field that included a half-brother to Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. Hussar, who set the pace in the five-furlong race, covered the distance in 57.45 seconds over a muddy track. A son of Silver Deputy, Hussar earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93, the highest among the Tremont nominees.

"It's 13 days back, so it's a little quick," Pletcher said. "He came out of it well. We'll see how he trains before deciding."

Pletcher said Windsor Lodge, who escaped serious injury when he fell over the injured Renegade Warrior in the Flash Stakes June 7, is possible for the Tremont. Windsor Lodge suffered scrapes and scratches in the accident.

"[The Tremont] is probably too soon, but I haven't ruled it out at this time," Pletcher said.

Others expected in the Tremont are Zavata, Desert Warrior, Lets all Smoke, and White Mercedes. Philadelphia Jim is listed as possible.

No rush for Say Florida Sandy

There are no immediate plans for Say Florida Sandy, the amazing 8-year-old who won a swiftly run allowance race on Thursday. It was his 29th career win from 84 starts.

Owner John Rotella said Say Florida Sandy would not run in the Grade 2 Tom Fool July 4. Last year, Say Florida Sandy finished second in the Tom Fool, beaten a head by Exchange Rate.

Rotella said he ran Say Florida Sandy back too quickly when he finished third as the favorite in a May 25 allowance race, just 14 days after finishing third in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler.

"That was one of his better races yesterday," Rotella said Friday. "He had 26 days between [races] and ran his 'A' race. I'll give him four to five weeks and maybe look at another allowance race. He's 8 years old - I think he's telling me he can't do this every two weeks. I don't think he has to prove anything."