04/12/2005 11:00PM

Lord of the Game still perfect

Smoke Smoke Smoke, winning the Lost Code Breeders' Cup, will be shipped soon to Canterbury Park, the home track of owner Jerry Myers.

Lord of the Game was racing on only nine days' rest. He was stepping up in class and running on a sloppy track for the first time, and in Hawthorne's indoor paddock Tuesday, he required a shoeing adjustment before going out for the sixth race post parade. And the horse still won a fourth-level allowance race in little more than a common gallop, running his career record to five wins without a loss.

Besides a narrow half-length victory in an entry-level allowance race at Fair Grounds last winter, it has been nothing but blowouts for Lord of the Game, who was claimed out of a 23-length win in a $10,000 maiden-claiming race last Dec. 31, the first start of his career. The lucky humans associated with the horse are owner Bill Slevin, who is a newcomer to the game, and trainer Tom Tomillo, who says he is enjoying every minute of this remarkable run.

"He is a monster, that's for sure," Tomillo said Wednesday. "Yesterday, it was pretty easy for him. He was hopping around the stall this morning."

Having perused the nominations for the Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap here April 23 and seeing names like Badge of Silver and Pollard's Vision, Tomillo said he is not inclined to take a shot at that $250,000 stakes, though Lord of the Game has been running fast enough - and without being asked by his rider - to contend in the right graded race.

"The way it looks now, we're not going to run unless it comes up weak," said Tomillo. "He's all through with his conditions now, but there are plenty of races out there for him."

Tuesday, Lord of the Game rated in second, pressing a quick pace set by the one-dimensional speed horse Big Glori. At the quarter pole, you could see jockey Eddie Razo lighten his hold, ever so slightly; Lord of the Game moved to the front, and when Razo allowed the horse another gear in the stretch, he sped away from his rivals, running 1 1/16 miles in a swift 1:44.02.

Five starts, five wins, and still looking for competition.

Smoke Smoke Smoke to Canterbury

Smoke Smoke Smoke ran the race of his life winning the Lost Code Breeders' Cup on Saturday, battling for the lead with heavily favored Around the Cape for 4 1/2 furlongs and holding off a late rally from the talented sprinter Santana Strings. Smoke Smoke Smoke earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure and more than doubled his bankroll.

He also earned a trip to beautiful Canterbury Park.

That is the home track of owner Jerry Myers, and Smoke Smoke Smoke soon will ship there to compete in at least one minor sprint stakes. Last year, at 2, Smoke Smoke Smoke easily won a pair of Canterbury sprints to start his career.

Smoke Smoke Smoke ran Saturday for trainer Hugh Robertson, but Robertson's son Mac trained the horse over the winter at Oaklawn Park.

"The horse ran a great race, really stepped up to the plate, and Mac gets all the credit for that," Robertson said. "He just sent him up to me for the race. He said the horse was getting better all the time. It seems like he is going in the right direction, and he came off the race good, too."

Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Three Hour Nap also ran in the Lost Code, his 3-year-old debut, but finished seventh with a difficult trip. Robertson said he would try to bring Three Hour Nap back "in a flat mile somewhere."