04/25/2003 12:00AM

Looking to be a bonus baby


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Beautiful America, last year's champion 2-year-old New York-bred filly, takes the next step to winning a $100,000 bonus for her owners in Sunday's $150,000 Park Avenue at Aqueduct.

The Park Avenue is restricted to the progeny of New York-based stallions and is part of the New York Stallion Stakes series, which also includes Sunday's Times Square.

Beautiful America, a daughter of the late Dixie Brass, won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes last fall at Aqueduct, the Fifth Avenue. By winning that race, Beautiful America became eligible for a $100,000 bonus, which will be paid to her owners, Chester and Mary Broman, if she wins the Park Avenue and then the Statue of Liberty on June 8 at Belmont Park.

Beautiful America is the probable favorite over eight other 3-year-old fillies in the Park Avenue, a one-turn mile race.

In her first start since Dec. 8, Beautiful America finished third in an open company allowance race April 10. She set the pace from the rail while under pressure and tired in the final sixteenth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

Beautiful America's trainer, Mike Hernandez, said the race set her up nicely for the Park Avenue.

"She is pretty sharp after that race," Hernandez said. "She needed the race and it put her in good spirits."

Beautiful America will be reunited with Jose Santos, who was at Keeneland for her last start. Santos was aboard Beautiful America for three stakes wins last year. She drew post 6.

Beautiful America has won at a mile, but her best game still might be at six and seven furlongs.

Golden Damsel has two monster efforts in mile races around two turns. She won her last start over the inner track in a second-level allowance race for statebreds on March 19. Golden Damsel set the pace through reasonable fractions and rambled home a 3 1/4-length winner.

Gary Contessa trains both Golden Damsel and the horse to beat in the Times Square, Grey Comet.

"I think I've got a big shot to win both races," Contessa said. "Golden Damsel is turning into quite a distance horse. She lost to Beautiful America sprinting, but that's not her game."

Richard Migliore rides Golden Damsel, who should prominent early in the absence of any real speed horses. She drew post 9.

Mischieviously ships in for trainer Steve Asmussen, who did well last year with another New York-bred, Private Emblem. Jerry Bailey rides Mischieviously, whose only win is at 5 1/2 furlongs.

No Derby for Velazquez

For the first time since 1997, John Velazquez won't have a mount in the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez has ridden in six Derbies, with his best finish coming in 2001 when second aboard Invisible Ink.

None of Velazquez's main clients - Todd Pletcher, Mark Hennig, and Shug McGaughey - has a Derby starter.

But don't feel too bad for Velazquez, last year's leading rider in New York. He will pilot two top horses on Derby Day at Aqueduct. Velazquez has the mount aboard Bay Shore winner Halo Homewrecker in the $150,000 Withers. On the same card, he will ride Grade 1 winner Wonder Again in her 2003 debut in the $100,000 Beaugay.

Velazquez will make a trip to Louisville the day before the Derby to ride Yell in the Kentucky Oaks.

Velazquez's agent, Angel Cordero Jr., said when the opportunity didn't present itself to ride one of the main Derby contenders, he decided to keep Velazquez in New York.

"Johnny is a great rider and he doesn't need to go to the Derby to be seen," said Cordero, who rode three Derby winners during his riding career. "He needs to go with a live horse."

Run Cat Run brightens Terranova barn

Trainer John Terranova likes what little he has seen of Run Cat Run, a recent arrival in his barn. Run Cat Run, a 2-year-old filly, was purchased by Team Valor after winning a maiden race by 6 1/2 lengths at Pimlico on April 16.

"She looked pretty impressive on tape and then I liked her even more after seeing her train," Terranova said. "She moves beautifully; glides over the racetrack."

Terranova said a possible race for Run Cat Run is the $75,000 Fashion on June 5 at Belmont.

* Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. was fined $500 by stewards for "being the aggressor" in a fight with trainer Eddie Barker during training hours at Aqueduct on Thursday.