03/04/2003 12:00AM

Long Term Wish in, if field's small


ARCADIA, Calif. - A small field of perhaps only four - led by Grade 1 winners Composure and Elloluv - is taking shape for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on Saturday. Caesar Dominguez trains Long Term Wish, and posed the rhetorical question: "Can I run third? If I can run third in a Grade 1, then I'm going to run."

Long Term Wish, upset winner of a $112,000 sprint for California-breds Feb. 8, has won 3 of 6 and has never started around two turns. According to Dominguez, a third-place finish by Long Term Wish would increase her residual value by $100,000.

"It's tough to beat [Composure and Elloluv], but anything can happen," Dominguez said. "Grade 1 placing is very important for a filly."

The only other probable starter in the $300,000 Oaks is allowance winner Go for Glamour.

Composure will be heavily favored in the Oaks, after overcoming trouble and beating Elloluv by a neck in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes on Feb. 9.

Rider changes for Santa Margarita

Affluent and Starrer are the 121-pound co-highweights in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap on Sunday, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares in which half the field will have new riders. Affluent will be ridden by Julie Krone, as Alex Solis opts for La Canada Stakes winner Got Koko. Pat Valenzuela rides Santa Maria winner Starrer, leaving the mount open on Sightseek. She will be ridden by Jose Valdivia. Finally, Bella Bellucci is switching from Mike Smith to Gary Stevens.

The probable Santa Margarita field: Affluent, Krone, 121; Starrer, Valenzuela, 121; Got Koko, Solis, 121; Printemps, Laffit Pincay Jr., 116; Sightseek, Valdivia, 116; and Bella Bellucci, Stevens, 115.

Our Bobby V. returns to sprints

Our Bobby V. and Sum Trick, whose pace duel Saturday in the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes contributed to their defeat, will head in different directions. Our Bobby V. finished fourth in the one-mile San Rafael, and will return to a sprint. Trainer Bill Spawr said the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs March 22 is next, though he did not close the door entirely on a future route, against softer company. "With the right group, he might go long," Spawr said.

Our Bobby V.'s last two sprints were daylight victories.

Meanwhile, the Rafael Becerra-trained Sum Trick will not abandon the two-turn game yet. Runner-up to Kafwain in the seven-furlong San Vicente before finishing fifth in the San Rafael, Sum Trick is headed out of town and will add blinkers. Sum Trick will race March 30 at Sunland Park in the $500,000 WinStar Derby at 1 1/16 miles. "This horse is going to be a good horse," Becerra said.

Pincay nursing sore neck

Laffit Pincay Jr. was nursing only a sore neck while visiting Clocker's Corner on Tuesday morning, only three days after he went down Saturday in a race 5 spill that prevented him from riding on the weekend. Pincay was not seriously injured when his mount, Trampus Too, clipped heels and fell at the top of the stretch in the downhill turf sprint. Pincay took off two of four Wednesday mounts and was not named to ride on Thursday. "I'll see how I feel after treatment [Tuesday], and if I'm not okay, I'll take a few more days off," Pincay said.

Pincay is busy Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and has rides in both weekend Grade 1's. He rides longshot Go for Glamour in the Santa Anita Oaks on Saturday, and Printemps in the Santa Margarita Handicap on Sunday.

* Aldebaran, runaway winner of the Grade 1 San Carlos Handicap on Sunday, runs next on April 12 in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, trainer Bobby Frankel said. The Carter is on the same card as the Grade 1 Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds.