10/05/2005 11:00PM

Master of Disaster trying out two turns


There's nothing in the chart footnotes that indicates Master of Disaster encountered any kind of trouble in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont Park on Sept. 17. It merely appears he flashed speed and tired badly after the first half-mile.

According to trainer Steve Klesaris, however, deserves a pass for the worst performance of his three-race career.

Klesaris, confident the Futurity was not an accurate reflection of his 2-year-old colt's abilities, is bringing Master of Disaster back to Delaware Park for Saturday's $100,000 Dover Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile race drew 13 2-year-olds, including one also-eligible.

Klesaris said Master of Disaster was greatly hindered in the Futurity by Disco's Son, who unseated his rider at the start and ran loose alongside horses, bothering Master of Disaster.

"He had a very troubled race in the Futurity," Klesaris said. "There was a loose horse that came right up the inside of him, which changed the entire complexion of the race. Master of Disaster got pinned in behind the loose horse. When a 2-year-old gets behind and boxed in and things don't go right, that is not really what you want. It really is asking a lot of a 2-year-old, or for that matter any horse, to overcome."

Master of Disaster has another obstacle to overcome in the Dover. Barring any scratches, he must break from post 12 with a short run to the first turn. Horses from posts 10-12 are a combined 2 for 31 in two-turn dirt races at Delaware this season.

Master of Disaster, who won his career debut at Delaware in May with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure and followed up with a 95 Beyer while finishing second to Henny Hughes in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in late July, will be racing around two turns and beyond seven furlongs for the first time.

"I think this horse has the disposition to handle two turns," Klesaris said about Master of Disaster, the $600,000 sale-topper at this year's Ocala Breeders' Sales February sale. "The distance is always a question until a horse goes around two turns. That question needs to be answered and I think the Dover is the right spot for us to find out."

The probable favorite would have been , trained by Nick Zito, but he is likely to run in the Champagne at Belmont.

Trainer Tim Ritchey has three contenders for the Dover in the entry of Kid Lemonade, also cross-entered Saturday in both the Champagne at Belmont and the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, and Southern Success, plus their uncoupled stablemate Menacing.

, second to Superfly three weeks ago, and Menacing are both sons of Lemon Drop Kid, who showed ability at 2 by winning the Futurity and finishing second in the Grade 1 Champagne. Menacing won his career debut at a mile, covering the same distance .52 of a second slower than Superfly did one race later.

Southern Success will be stretching out after easily winning his career debut at six furlongs.

Trainer H. Graham Motion has an interesting entry in Express News, a son of Storm Cat who tries two turns after starting his career in two sprints.

Philadelphia: 'Gloom' tries stakes

, unbeaten in four starts this season since returning from a 13-month layoff, will face stakes company for the first time in the $50,000 Pistol Packer Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares at Philadelphia Park.

Unraced until June of her 3-year-old season, Immune to Gloom was claimed out of her career debut for $40,000 in June 2004. She didn't make her first start for new trainer Tim Ritchey until July 2005, when she defeated maiden special weight company in a sprint.

The now 4-year-old Immune to Gloom has since cleared her first three allowance conditions, all going two turns against open company at Delaware Park, while steadily increasing her Beyer Speed Figures.

Immune to Gloom will challenge , a 5-year-old mare trained by Keith Lebarron. Racing exlusively in sprints this season, Valley of the Gods dominated statebred competition in the seven-furlong Ambassador of Luck Handicap in late July and most recently finished a close second against open company in the seven-furlong Steve Van Buren on Labor Day.

Mae and Rae steps up in class after crushing starter allowance horses in her last two starts. Since she was claimed for $6,250 in June by trainer Robert Reid, the 5-year-old Mae and Rae has won four times and finished second by a neck in six starts.