10/09/2002 11:00PM

Lights, camera, action for jockey trio


Three jockeys from Delaware Park were shouting "Hurray for Hollywood" when they left their regular day jobs last week to play parts in the movie "Seabiscuit: American Legend."

William Hollick and Joe Rocco Jr. were cast in small roles as apprentice jockeys, while Robert Colton was chosen as one of 10 jockeys who will be used in action shots and in the background for scenes filmed in the jockeys' room.

All three riders will be at Universal Studios in Hollywood filming their scenes for the next two to three weeks.

Hollick and Rocco had to audition for their parts. Both were surprised to be selected. "I sent in photographs of myself and some videotape," Hollick said before leaving for California. "They called me back and asked if I would come out to California for a screening. Then they called me and asked if I wanted the part. I couldn't believe it."

Neither could Rocco. "I really didn't believe it when I found out I got the part," Rocco said. "They were looking for somebody young who was a jockey. This is a once in a lifetime chance. I had to jump at this chance."

In the movie, directed by Gary Ross, Hollick and Rocco have a scene together in which they are fighting in the middle of race. They will film at Santa Anita, Pomona, and a training farm. Hollick and Rocco will ride mechanical as well as real horses during the filming.

"I'm playing the part of a bug boy," Hollick said. "In those days, they did not have any [patrol] cameras, so basically everything went. I have to hit Joe with the whip and the whole works."

Rocco said he's also in a scene near the beginning of the movie where Seabiscuit's jockey, Red Pollard, played by Tobey McGuire, gets into a fight with an apprentice.

Colton, who serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Jockeys' Guild, got a tip from recently retired jockey Chris McCarron that the filmmakers were looking for jockeys. Colton's friendship with McCarron helped land him a job in the movie.

"Chris helped get me into what they call a core group of riders, which is a group of 10," Colton explained. "We're going to do most of the race riding. They wanted to make it as realistic as possible, so they asked real jockeys."

Colton probably won't be recognizable on screen, but he said there's a good chance the camera will be up close on Hollick and Rocco.

"You will probably be able to see their faces and they will probably have a couple of lines," Colton said.

Better spot for Outstanding Info

Outstanding Info has finally found a race where she won't have to face Breeders' Cup-caliber competition.

After chasing Xtra Heat twice and Mandy's Gold previously, Outstanding Info has landed in a much softer spot, Saturday's $55,000 Honky Star, a six-furlong overnight stakes at Delaware.

Outstanding Info, a 4-year-old filly trained by Frank Generazio, finished second by five lengths to Xtra Heat, one of the prime contenders in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, in last month's Endine Stakes. Previously, she was 2 1/2 lengths behind Xtra Heat in the Straight Deal at Laurel and third, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Breeders' Cup Distaff prospect Mandy's Gold, in the Sweet and Sassy at Delaware.

Outstanding Info is 0 for 6 since winning the What a Summer Stakes at Laurel, where she earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure in January.

Urban Dancer, owned and trained by Tim Ritchey, should offer the toughest challenge to Outstanding Info. She was third in the Endine and won a stakes at Mountaineer Park in August, earning a 95 Beyer.