06/24/2001 11:00PM

Mott, Clement face U.N. decisions


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Sunday's $500,000 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth could be the latest go-round for Forbidden Apple and King Cugat, who finished one-two in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park.

The trainers of those two horses, who are the highweights, have others nominated to the United Nations, a 1 3/8-mile turf race. Bill Mott, trainer of King Cugat, could send Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Subtle Power in the United Nations. Christophe Clement may send Honor Glide, who finished third in the U.N. last year.

Both trainers said they would enter one horse, but neither has confirmed which it would be.

Also expected to run in the U.N. is North East Bound, last year's Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up, who has never run as far as 1 3/8 miles. "There's some big races down the line, and this seems like the right place to see if he can handle [the distance]," said trainer Bill Perry. "We'll breeze him and see. Usually he tells us if he's ready. He's really turned around from the beginning of the year. There were a couple of things we had to straighten out, but I think he's past it, and I think he'll do well."

Louisville Handicap winner With Anticipation also is likely for the U.N. Cap. A 6-year-old trained by Jonathan Sheppard, With Anticipation has won two straight wire-to-wire.

License Fee star of Molly Pitcher

With the four assigned highweights for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher having run in last weekend's Hempstead Handicap at Belmont, License Fee is likely to be left as the star of the race.

A winner of three straight, including the Just a Game Breeders' Cup at Belmont, License Fee will carry 117 pounds.

Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, Caressing, is possible for the Molly Pitcher and would carry a light 113 pounds. Trainer David Vance said after Caressing's fifth-place finish in the one-turn Acorn that she would likely race around two turns next time out.

*Rock will try for his third straight win Wednesday when he joins nine others in a $39,000 allowance race at five furlongs on the turf. After a disappointing debut on the dirt at Churchill Downs, Rock, a 3-year-old son of Nureyev, looks to stay undefeated since switching to the grass.