03/24/2006 1:00AM

My Golden Song may be the one


STICKNEY, Ill. - The fee for a late nomination to the Illinois Derby, due this weekend, is just $500, but the list of additional horses made eligible for the April 8 race provides insight to the shape of the signature event at the National Jockey Club meet.

Among them is My Golden Song, and since racing officials here have believed for several weeks that trainer Todd Pletcher would send to the race whichever horse he wound up nominating, the assumption is that My Golden Song has a good chance of making the trip to Hawthorne.

And he would be a solid addition to a race that might have the northern California-based Cause to Believe as a favorite. My Golden Song won his first two starts last year in New York, and though he is winless in three tries this year, My Golden Song has the look of an improving 3-year-old. My Golden Song was third in the Aventura Stakes, third in the Holy Bull, and fourth in the Fountain of Youth, but in that most recent race he was beaten less than two lengths by Corinthian, and finished fairly well in his second straight try at 1 1/8 miles, the distance of the $500,000 Illinois Derby.

Also being considered for the local derby is Mister Triester, owned by B. Wayne Hughes and trained by Warren Stute, the same connections that sent in Greeley's Galaxy to win the race last year.

Lewis Michael, the Wayne Catalano-trained colt being pointed to the race, is scheduled to be flown here from Florida next week, Catalano said Friday.

Original Spin's clunker in last remains a mystery

The trainer Tony Mitchell arrived here this past week with a string of horses that had wintered in Aiken, S.C., but the Illinois-bred 2005 horse of the year Original Spin is not among them. Mitchell said Original Spin remains in Aiken, but is schedule to be shipped to Keeneland along with nine other Mitchell-trained horses sometime next week.

Original Spin, third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, made her first start of the season in the March 6 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream, but she barely ran at all, finishing last of 10, beaten some 26 lengths, while basically eased across the wire. Jockey Rene Douglas told Mitchell he had plenty of horse around the half-mile pole, then nothing.

"She scoped completely clean afterwards," Mitchell said. "We took blood on her before, and we took blood on her afterward, and it was all perfect. I really have no idea what happened."

Mitchell said Original Spin had come into heat a couple days before her race, and wondered if that could have played a part in her non-effort, but essentially he is still looking for answers. Original Spin has stayed in steady training, and Mitchell still plans to start her at the Keeneland meet, but rather than point for a major stakes race such as the Grade 1 Ashland, he said he might instead seek a second-level allowance race.

Bluesbdancing pointed toward Governor's Lady

Bluesbdancing, the sharp winner of a high-end allowance sprint here on March 18, should make her next start in the Governor's Lady Stakes for Illinois-breds here on April 29.

"I loved her race," trainer Terrel Gore said of Bluesbdancing's first start since a disappointing finish in the Nov. 12 Powerless Handicap. "I just freshened her up, gave her some time at the track, and brought her back."

Bluesdancing has won 6 of her 9 career starts, and currently ranks as the leader in the Illinois-bred sprint division.

Second in that allowance race was Meadow Bride, who ran well at six furlongs but figures to come back April 29 in the Peach of It Handicap, a two-turn race. Fourth was Pretty Jenny, the solid favorite, who raced close to the pace but faded in the stretch. Plans are up in the air for Pretty Jenny, who won 5 of 6 starts last year at 3, and trainer Christine Janks could soon return Pretty Jenny to turf, where she impressively won a high-class allowance race last summer at Arlington.

* Both Sunday's seventh race, an open entry-level allowance, and the eighth, an entry-level Illinois-bred allowance, should test the skills of Hawthorne handicappers. The seventh has only seven entries, but with 11 horses, the eighth presents an especially difficult puzzle.