01/06/2003 12:00AM

Maiden wins get them thinking


ARCADIA, Calif. - Victories in maiden races over the weekend left the trainers of Atswhatimtalknbout and Ten Most Wanted dreaming of more significant races in coming months.

Both lightly raced colts won as favorites - Atswhatimtalknbout in a six-furlong sprint on Saturday and Ten Most Wanted in a one-mile race on Sunday.

The rally that carried Atswhatimtalknbout from 10th to the front in the final quarter-mile is hopefully a preview of what's to come for the colt, owned by B. Wayne Hughes and trained by Ron Ellis.

Making his debut, the 3-year-old Atswhatimtalknbout appeared hopelessly beaten when the field of 11 was on the final turn, but the colt accelerated to a half-length win over Buckland Manor. The final time was 1:10.30.

On Sunday, Ellis was not planning any stakes engagements. Instead, Ellis said he will give Atswhatimtalknbout a start in an allowance race at a mile or 1 1/16 miles in coming weeks.

"I think he did that off talent and class," Ellis said of the maiden win. "I didn't give him much chance at the quarter pole. He doesn't want any part of six furlongs. If we can get him going two turns, he'll be impressive."

Hughes bought Atswhatimtalknbout for $900,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in-training sale last February. Both owner and trainer were impressed when Atswhatimtalknbout worked a furlong in 10.20 seconds before that sale.

"For a horse of his size, it was impressive," Ellis said.

Last summer, Atswhatimtalknbout was up to six furlongs in workouts but missed the Del Mar meeting because of sore shins. The setback postponed his career debut until Saturday but did not discourage Ellis.

"This is the earliest he should be running anyway," he said.

Ten Most Wanted was making his second start on Sunday, having finished second in his career debut on Nov. 29.

Trained by Wally Dollase and owned by a partnership, Ten Most Wanted ran a mile in 1:38.08, finishing eight lengths in front of early pacesetter Santa Fe Slew. In early stretch, jockey Kent Desormeaux did as much steering as riding to keep Ten Most Wanted focused.

"He has no idea what he's doing out there," Dollase said. "I saw a big improvement from his first race. This time, he was in a good position and when he was asked he picked it up."

Ten Most Wanted could meet Atswhatimtalknbout in an allowance race in late January or early February. In two months, both could be in stakes that lead to the Triple Crown.

"He's a special horse," Dollase said of Ten Most Wanted. "Maybe we'll get lucky."

Stevens ready to return this month

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has not ridden since the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 26 because of commitments to the upcoming "Seabiscuit" film, said on Sunday that he is preparing for a return to racing later this month.

Stevens said he has four scenes still to shoot for the film before he can resume riding. He is playing the role of jockey George Woolf.

"I want to start riding as soon as I can," he said. "If I want to ride in the Derby with anything with any contention, I've got to get started."

Stevens said he weighs 114 pounds and has kept fit with the riding scenes in the film.

"I'm ready right now," Stevens said. "No one realizes how much riding I was doing during the racing scenes."

One future opportunity is Grey Memo in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25. Last March, Stevens rode Grey Memo to victory in the Godolphin Mile in Dubai.

Romp in return

Icantgoforthat will be pointed to the $250,000 Sunshine Million Filly and Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25 after the 4 year-old filly gave trainer Steve Knapp his first stakes win in the $107,100 Survive Stakes last Friday.

Making her first start since returning from a five-month vacation, Icantgoforthat ($21) led throughout the Survive Stakes, finishing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.84. She finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of Theresa's Year, who was two lengths clear of Kitty on the Track.

The disappointment in the field of six California-bred fillies and mares was Above Perfection, who finished last after being third early.

Kitty on the Track was making her first start in 18 months and had a rough trip. She suffered a puncture wound on the outside of her right leg and grabbed a quarter, according to trainer Clifford Sise. Despite those injuries, she is expected for the $200,000 Santa Monica Handicap on Jan. 25.

Icantgoforthat was claimed for $50,000 in November 2001 and finished second in the Boo La Boo Stakes at Santa Anita last February. After finishing sixth in the Melair Stakes last April, she underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from a knee. At the time, she had run 13 times in less than a year.

"She deserves the time off," said Knapp, 46.

The upcoming start in the Sunshine Millions will be Icantgoforthat's first start outside of California.

The biggest competition in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint comes from Madame Pietra, who is a Florida-bred but has won two stakes for older fillies and mares in California in the last few months.

"I think the horse to beat is Madame Pietra," Knapp said. "This race sets her up perfect for that race."

Tizbud going in San Fernando

Tizbud, a full-brother to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, will make his stakes debut in Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Stakes. A maiden winner at Hollywood Park on Nov. 14, the 4-year-old Tizbud needed three races to win his maiden.

"He's probably more of a mile-and-an-eighth horse, and he ran a huge race the other day," said trainer John Sadler, referring to the maiden win. "We just wanted to give him the right spacing into the San Fernando."

Racing for Cees Stable, Tizbud will face a strong field in the San Fernando, which is run over 1 1/16 miles. The probables include Century City, Mananan McLir, Ocean Sound, Pass Rush, Rushin to Altar, and Tracemark. U S S Tinosa is under consideration.

Castle Gandolfo and Sunday Break will pass, but may appear in the Strub Stakes on Feb. 1.

The San Fernando is the main race on a program that includes the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf. Megahertz, a multiple stakes winner for trainer Bobby Frankel last year, is a leading candidate.

Sunday's main race is the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds over six furlongs. Only the Best, a two-time stakes winner in the fall, is part of the field. Trainer Bob Baffert will not start the unbeaten Rojo Toro, who was recently diagnosed with a virus.

Quick breather for Outta Here

Outta Here, the winner of the $500,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs last month, will have a two- or three-week vacation at Rancho Paseana near Del Mar this month before returning to training, according to trainer and co-owner Bill Currin.

Currin said goals for Outta Here are unclear at this point, although he is expected to appear in some of the major Kentucky Derby preps. The $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai on March 29 is a possibility.

"My wife has the smell of roses and I have the smell of money," Currin said. "The Dubai race is very much in the picture, if they'll invite me."

* Wooden Phone, the winner of the 2002 San Pasqual Handicap, worked three furlongs in 37.40 seconds on Sunday. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 6-year-old Wooden Phone is returning following a leg injury and is expected to have a start at the current meeting.