06/27/2004 11:00PM

No Grade 1's for now

Powerful Touch comes into Wednesday's feature off a second-place finish that earned a 100 Beyer.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel thought enough of Powerful Touch to nominate him to Grade 1 events such as this Saturday's Suburban Handicap and the following Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup.

But Frankel has found an easier spot for Powerful Touch in Wednesday's $50,000 third-level allowance feature at Belmont Park. Powerful Touch will take on four rivals in the nine-furlong race, including recent allowance winner Seek Gold and the stakes-placed Roaring Fever.

On May 28, Powerful Touch was beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Rogue Agent, who freaked in the slop, going gate to wire in a meet-best 1:41.37 for 1 1/16 miles. Powerful Touch, who conceded six pounds to Rogue Agent that day, earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 for his runner-up performance. Two starts back, Powerful Touch won a second-level allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs.

, a 4-year-old son of Touch Gold, had enough quality as a 3-year-old to finish a head behind Offlee Wild in the Holy Bull Stakes. Then in the barn of trainer Ken McPeek, Powerful Touch came out of the Holy Bull with an injury to his right foreleg that kept him away from the races for more than a year. Owner Frank Stronach then moved him to Frankel's barn.

Jerry Bailey rides Powerful Touch from post 3.

, another son of Touch Gold, ended a 19-month losing streak with a solid second-level allowance win here on Belmont Stakes Day. He was gelded prior to his last start and that seems to have brought out the talent trainer Nick Zito felt was there all along.

"He's a very tough horse to train,'' Zito said. "He originally was cut out to be a good horse.''

Admiralty Arch is 3 for 4 at Belmont and 0 for 8 elsewhere. Following a seven-month layoff, Admiralty Arch tried turf for his 4-year-old debut and he finished seventh, beaten less than four lengths.

"He's not really a sprinter and we needed to get a race into him and we thought we'd experiment on the turf as well,'' trainer Todd Pletcher said. "I think he does likes this track; he's a big horse and the big turns suit him well.''

Roaring Fever's most recent win came over this track last October in a seven-furlong second-level allowance race. Roaring Fever comes out of a third-place finish behind Seattle Fitz in the Grade 3 William Schaefer Handicap. Seattle Fitz came back to win the Brooklyn Handicap earlier this month.