01/31/2003 12:00AM

My Cousin Matt packs his bags Gen. George return spot


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After racking up thousands of frequent flier miles - and a stakes victory - late last year, My Cousin Matt was knocked out.

After several light weeks of training, My Cousin Matt on Friday gave his connections an indication that he is ready to get going again. My Cousin Matt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.63 over Belmont Park's training track in preparation for a start in the $200,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 17.

"He worked tremendous this morning; we're shooting for the General George," trainer Scott Lake said. "I think he'll handle seven-eighths."

My Cousin Matt raced 14 times last year, winning four of his last six starts, including the Great State Challenge Sprint at Sam Houston on Dec. 7. Prior to that, My Cousin Matt finished second in the J. Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder on Nov. 16. Following the Great State Challenge, My Cousin Matt raced in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita where he finished sixth, beaten six lengths.

"He got sick, he wasn't himself, he was knocked out," Lake said of My Cousin Matt after the Malibu. "We gave him a little time off, went easy with him for the last two or three weeks."

Lake said Ramon Dominguez, aboard My Cousin Matt in each of his last two starts, will ride the gelding in the General George.

American Century to Laurel, too

American Century, who ran the fastest six furlongs of the inner track meet winning an allowance race on Jan. 11, is also being pointed to the General George. He breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 at Belmont on Friday morning.

"He did it well within himself," trainer Steve Klesaris said. "His next two breezes we'll get more serious."

American Century broke a two-year losing streak with his allowance win, in which he covered six furlongs in 1:08.93. Klesaris, who took over the training of the 5-year-old American Century last summer, said the horse has worked through some physical infirmities, and could be ready for a solid campaign.

"He's been a little bit of a battle,'' Klesaris said. "He's never been one that could have a campaign because after the race he'd take a significant amount of recovery time. He's worked out some issues that have helped and right now he's holding up very well."

Amy to file license application

Jose Amy, banned from riding since 1980 due to race-fixing, said Friday that he was to submit his application for a jockey's license to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Sunday. It is unclear how long the board will deliberate before rendering a decision, but it won't be immediate.

"They know my case," Amy, 49, said. "It's not like it's anything new. I hope this time it happens. They gave me an exercise rider's license, which I really appreciate. I'm asking them for their mercy."

Amy has had his exercise rider's license since Feb. 2, 2001. Currently, he is getting on horses every morning for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

"I'd love to see it," Jerkens said about Amy getting his jockey's license. "It's the only thing he ever knew. It's tough when you can't do what you know. It won't be easy getting mounts because owners are pretty tough about riders."

Amy has the backing of New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz and about 40 trainers who have signed a petition seeking Amy's reinstatement.

Amy was banned after he admitted to accepting bribes for holding horses in the mid-1970's.

Indy Glory up in time

Indy Glory wore down pace-setting Pocus Hocus in the final strides to win the inaugural running of the $60,000 Videogenic Stakes by a neck.

Kiss a Miss, the 8-5 favorite, finished third, a head in front of Miss Splash, who was steadied many times by C.C. Lopez after breaking awkwardly.

Indy Glory, a 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of A.P. Indy, won for only the second time in her last 13 starts. Under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, Indy Glory raced three wide in the second flight down the backstretch, while Pocus Hocus set fractions of 23.96 seconds, 48.58, and 1:13.29 while on an uncontested lead under rider Richard Migliore.

Indy Glory moved into second entering the turn and was able to run down Pocus Hocus late. Indy Glory covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.29 over a fast inner track. She returned $17.80 to win.

"I didn't think she was getting up until she took the lead," said Loretta Lusteg, assistant to trainer John Kimmel. "I was going to be thrilled to run second."

* Apprentice rider Luis Castillo was suspended 10 days for careless riding aboard Dynamic Pic, who finished last in Thursday's seventh race. Castillo has appealed and will continue to ride until his hearing.