05/26/2006 12:00AM

Not Phone right on for Jaipur


ELMONT, N.Y. - Not Phone has not been the easiest horse to keep sound. But when he's right, Not Phone is an extremely talented individual, one capable of setting a course record at age 8, even off a seven-month layoff.

If Not Phone is able to duplicate the performance he put in 24 days ago over Belmont's inner turf course, he will likely win Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Jaipur Handicap. A field of eight was entered for the Jaipur, which has been cut in distance from seven to six furlongs on turf.

, an Argentine-bred son of Speakerphone, is an 8-year-old who has run only 18 times. In 2003, he ran just three times. In 2004, he ran twice. Last year, Not Phone made five starts, winning two allowance races at Belmont and finishing fourth, beaten one length, in the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"We've had to just run him when we can," said trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who got Not Phone between his 6- and 7-year-old seasons. "We had to stop with him after last year. I've had to stop with him a couple of times. But he's okay right now."

Not Phone was more than okay on May 4, when he rallied along the rail to win an optional claiming race by a half-length. He ran six furlongs in 1:07.89, establishing a Belmont inner turf record for the seldom-used distance.

"Just looking at the paper with the horses he was in against, he was just better than them," Dutrow said. "I don't pay much attention to the fast time of the race."

Dutrow's only concern is that Not Phone is running back too soon after such a big effort. Edgar Prado rides Not Phone from the rail under high weight of 122 pounds.

Not Phone's stiffest challenger figures to be Around the Cape, a Bill Mott-trained son of Carson City who comes off a neck loss in the Grade 3 Shakertown at Keeneland. In his race before that, Around the Cape was beaten a length in the Turf Dash at Tampa Bay Downs, a race in which he hit the fence in the stretch.

Mott said was making a winning move up the rail when he shied from either the whip or another horse and went into the fence.

"He had at least as much trouble as he got beat by," Mott said.

Completing the field are , Blakelock, Primary Suspect, Si O No, and Bold Decision.