02/13/2002 12:00AM

My Man Ryan set to clear condition


JAMAICA, N.Y. - He may not turn out to be a horse for the spring classics, but My Man Ryan could be developing into a useful 3-year-old for trainer Rick Violette and West Point Stable.

In his last two starts, both with blinkers, My Man Ryan has a maiden win and a solid second-place finish to a talented horse in allowance company. Friday, My Man Ryan will have an excellent opportunity to clear his preliminary allowance condition when he meets seven foes in the feature race over Aqueduct's inner track. The $44,000 race will be run at a mile and 70 yards.

Though he ran respectably in his first two starts, it wasn't until Violette put blinkers on My Man Ryan that the colt made it to the winner's circle. That 2 3/4-length victory came on Dec. 30, in his first start around two turns. My Man Ryan came back three weeks later and, in his first start against winners, finished second to Smoked Em. Smoked Em came back to be second in last Saturday's Whirlaway Stakes.

"Blinkers made the difference," said jockey Mike Luzzi, who has been aboard for all four of My Man Ryan's starts. "He was compromised by pace in that last race, not that he was going to beat [Smoked Em] last time, but he was compromised. I haven't worked him, but I noticed he's worked real well, I've seen him a couple of times. Maybe if I worked him he would have worked too fast. Rick's got him ready; we'll give it a shot."

Since his last race, My Man Ryan worked a bullet half-mile in 48.53 seconds on Feb. 2 before coming back with an easy four-furlong move in 50.02 seconds.

My Man Ryan outfinished Heir D'Twine for second in that Jan. 20 race. Heir D'Twine is also entered on Friday and has come back with a bullet five-furlong workout since that race. Richard Migliore has the call.

Cayenne Gold may be the best-bred horse in the race. A son of Seeking the Gold out of the mare Sultry Sun, Cayenne Gold is a half-brother to millionaires Solar Splendor and Sultry Song as well as the stakes-winning Strategic Mission.

Nevertheless, it took Cayenne Gold five attempts to win his maiden. That win came on Jan. 12 when, running on Lasix for the first time, Cayenne Gold dueled and shook off several challenges from Deputy Dash to win by a half-length. On the negative side, Cayenne Gold was drifting out in the stretch and was late changing leads. On the positive side, Deputy Dash came back to win a maiden special weight on Feb. 7.

Having drawn the rail, Cayenne Gold figures to try and wire the field again under Norberto Arroyo Jr.

An intriguing horse in the field is Street Life, a gelded son of Afternoon Deelites who won his maiden by 5 3/4 lengths while stretching out and running on Lasix for the first time. Apprentice Lorenzo Lezcano, the leading rider at the meet, has the return call for Dominick Schettino.

Lost Expectations likely for Dearly Precious

Lost Expectations breezed four furlongs in 48.17 seconds Wednesday morning and is likely to run in Saturday's $75,000 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The work equaled the fastest of 30 moves at the distance.

A short field is expected for the Dearly Precious, run at six furlongs. Unbeaten Nice Boots Baby, winner of the Ruthless Stakes on Jan. 6, is expected to be an odds-on favorite.

After winning her debut at first asking last June at Monmouth Park, Lost Expectations has dropped six consecutive races, but she has faced some talented fillies. Lost Expectations ran in three consecutive graded stakes, her best finish being a third in the Grade 2 Schuylerville. Following an unsuccessful attempt in a turf stakes last October, Lost Expectations has come back to run third and second in a pair of entry-level allowance races this year over the inner track.

Her second-place finish last out was a much-improved effort and her Wednesday work has her connections thinking optimistically about the Dearly Precious.

"Nice Boots Baby is a good horse, but I think we can handle the rest and maybe give that horse a run for her money," said Chris Gardiner, who is running things while trainer Ben Perkins Jr. serves out a suspension.

Also expected to run in the Dearly Precious are Proper Gamble, Vesta, Scamp Along, and Dancing Blues.

* Travis Dunkelberger, who was involved in a nasty spill on Saturday, took off his lone mount on Wednesday. He is still having some abdominal discomfort and it is unclear when he will return to action. He was not named to ride Thursday, but is named on one horse on Friday's card.