02/21/2002 12:00AM

Lord ofthe Thunder: Derby unlikely


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Lord ofthe Thunder, a promising New York-bred 3-year-old son of Saint Ballado, is in South Carolina recuperating from a pulled gluteal muscle and a bruised left front foot and most likely will not be pointed to the Kentucky Derby.

His connections hope that Lord ofthe Thunder will resume training on Saturday, and he will be pointed toward a race in late March, with a possible longer-term goal being the Preakness Stakes on May 18.

"I was never really thinking about the Derby to begin with," said Ernie Paragallo, owner of Lord ofthe Thunder. "A mile and a quarter with a horse starting this late in the year, I went through this route before. I went there with a horse who had a foot problem; it ain't fun."

Paragallo was referring to Unbridled's Song, who bruised a foot while winning the Wood Memorial and was hampered by it when he finished fifth as the favorite in the 1996 Kentucky Derby.

Paragallo believes that Lord ofthe Thunder, who has won 2 of 3 starts, has a big future.

"There are a lot of races for 3-year-olds throughout the year and he's a big-time 3-year-old," Paragallo said. "He's got as much talent as Unbridled's Song."

Lord ofthe Thunder debuted on Dec. 14, finishing second in a New York-bred maiden race. He came back 13 days later to win a New York-bred maiden race by 15 lengths and then won an entry-level statebred race by 6 1/4 lengths on Jan. 18.

Lord ofthe Thunder was being pointed to the Whirlaway Stakes here on Feb. 9 but he pulled the gluteal muscle a week before. Last weekend, his connections vanned him to Aiken, S.C., where he walked off the van "dead-lame," according to Paragallo.

Wednesday night, Lord ofthe Thunder popped an abscess in his left front foot and after two days of soaking the foot, Lord ofthe Thunder is expected to resume light training on Saturday. Paragallo said he would keep Lord ofthe Thunder in South Carolina until Aqueduct's main track opens in mid-March.

Prized Stamp aimed for Distaff

Prized Stamp, the runner-up to Xtra Heat in last week's Barbara Fritchie Handicap, will be pointed to the $175,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct on March 30, trainer Dale Capuano said.

Prized Stamp, who won the 2001 Barbara Fritchie, battled back to get second over stablemate Kimbralata after yielding second place to her in upper stretch. Prized Stamp has finished in the money in 19 of 24 starts.

"Prized Stamp is a fighter," Capuano said. "She's one of those durable-type horses that's going to give you everything she's got."

Capuano said Prized Stamp may run one time before the Distaff.

Capuano said he has not picked out a spot for Kimbralata, who in the Barbara Fritchie was running for the first time since undergoing throat surgery to correct a breathing problem.

Gold Mover, fourth in the Barbara Fritchie, is expected to make her next start in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream on March 17.

"She came out of the race okay," trainer Mark Hennig said. "She was a little bit stressed, had an electrolyte imbalance. We brought her back down here to Florida to regroup. We're going to run her in the Hurricane Bertie if she's doing well."