04/16/2002 11:00PM

Mass Cap cleaning up


JAMAICA, N.Y. - The cancellation of this year's Pimlico Special is likely to be a boon to the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap, which will be run on June 1 at Suffolk Downs.

In mapping out the schedules for some of the top handicap horses in the East, horsemen are targeting the Mass Cap as their next major goal. They are just wondering the best way to get their horses there.

Among those being pointed to the Mass Cap are , Mongoose, Include, and Evening Attire.

Trainer Joe Orseno will train Macho Uno, the juvenile champion of 2000, up to the Mass Cap, he said Wednesday. Macho Uno, fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, won a classified allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 23, earning a 110 Beyer Speed Figure, which equaled his career best.

Shortly after that, Macho Uno shipped to Orseno's Belmont Park barn. Last Saturday, he breezed four furlongs in 48.98 seconds at Belmont.

Orseno and owner Frank Stronach have talked about a four- or five-race campaign that they hope will get Macho Uno to the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 26 at Arlington Park.

"Everybody's real happy with the way he's matured and developed over the winter," Orseno said. "He's a very talented colt with a big future. I'm confident in my ability to train him into the Mass Cap and the Stronachs don't mind giving the horse the time."

Orseno said that if Macho Uno runs well in the Mass Cap, he would most likely run back in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont on July 6, and then make two or three more starts before the Breeders' Cup.

Include, who won last year's Mass Cap, is expected to make his seasonal debut in Saturday's Jennings Handicap at Pimlico. If he runs well there, he would point to the Mass Cap.

Evening Attire, who won three consecutive graded stakes before finishing fourth as the favorite in the Excelsior Handicap on April 6, worked four furlongs on Wednesday in 48.16 seconds. Trainer Pat Kelly said he is looking at the Mass Cap because owners Joseph and Mary Grant are from Boston.

"How we get there I have no idea," Kelly said. "We might just go there" without another race.

Kelly said he may consider running Evening Attire on the turf before the Mass Cap if he feels the horse needs a race.

Trainer James Bond said Mongoose, winner of the Donn Handicap, is being pointed to the Mass Cap and will most likely train up to the race.

Atelier attacks Bed o' Roses

Trainer Shug McGaughey is expecting big things from Atelier this year and he hopes it begins in Saturday's $150,000 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Atelier, who missed most of last summer with minor ailments, finished a solid fourth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at odds of 53-1. After finishing third as the favorite in the Top Flight Handicap in November, Atelier went to south Florida where she finished a disappointing fourth in a classified allowance race on March 4.

McGaughey, who won last year's Bed o' Roses with Country Hideaway, said Atelier bled a little that day. McGaughey scrapped plans to run Atelier in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn when he was displeased with a workout at Gulfstream Park. However, McGaughey said Atelier has trained better since coming to New York, including a bullet three-furlong blowout in 36.24 seconds on Tuesday. "She's done good up here," McGaughey said.

Atelier is 3 for 5 over Aqueduct's main track including a victory in last year's Next Move Handicap at nine furlongs.

Atelier figures to be the second choice in the Bed o' Roses behind Raging Fever. Others pointing to the race include Critical Eye, Senora Claudia, and Belle Artiste. Pleasant County and Double Trick are possible.

Walking Around heads feature

Trainer Christophe Clement makes his 2002 Aqueduct debut Friday with an intriguing French import who could be the one to beat in a third-level allowance race that serves as the nine-race card's featured event.

Walking Around, a 4-year-old son of Linamix, is a half-brother to nine winners including the group winner Walk on Mix. In five starts in France for Andre Fabre, Walking Around has two wins, a second and two fourth-place finishes. His wins have come at seven and 10 furlongs. Friday's race is at nine furlongs. Walking Around makes his North American debut on Lasix and Clement has had him in training most of the winter at Payson Park.

After three tough races in south Florida, Sovereign Kit returns to Aqueduct where he is 3 for 3. John Velazquez picks up the mount on Sovereign Kit, who won three claiming races over Aqueduct's turf last fall.

- Left Bank, winner of last November's Grade 1 Cigar Mile, continued his preparation for his seasonal debut by drilling five furlongs 59.56 seconds Wednesday, equaling the fastest of eight moves at the distance. Left Bank is being pointed to the Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont on May 11 and then the Metropolitan Handicap on May 27.

- Veterinarian James Hunt was fined $250 "for the unintentional misadministration of Lasix, causing an overage" with Carafe, the Shug McGaughey-trained mare who won the eighth race at Aqueduct Jan. 24.

- Trainer Peter Bazeos was fined $500 for "failure to conduct business in proper manner," which necessitated that his horse Misty Forum be scratched from Wednesday's fourth race.