12/17/2001 12:00AM

Orseno pumped up for Gulfstream


MIAMI - Trainer Joe Orseno ran his first horse at the Tropical meet, Fire Red, on Monday, and while the Stronach Stable homebred beat only one opponent in the maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies, the performance is not indicative of what to expect from the Orseno barn this winter.

"I'm looking forward to a big meet at Gulfstream," Orseno said. "I really feel good about the stock I have down here, especially the young horses we've got in the barn. I've got a couple of 2-year-old fillies, named Dreams Glory and Mysterious Angel, who I think are going to have outstanding 3-year-old campaigns. I've also got a half-brother to Perfect Sting who finished second in his first start on the turf, and several other youngsters who look very promising."

Of course, Orseno also trains some top older horses, especially Red Bullet and Macho Uno, who are back for another campaign in 2002.

"Red Bullet is already on the grounds at Gulfstream, while Macho Uno will ship in from the farm right after the first of the year," said Orseno. "Red Bullet will start off in the Skip Away Handicap and then if all goes well I'll point him for the Donn and Gulfstream Park handicaps. Macho might run once at Gulfstream, but if I have to ship him out of town that's no problem, either. The one thing I plan on for sure is to keep the two of them apart until November."

Mandy's Gold set for return

Trainer Mike Gorham noted that his star filly, Mandy's Gold, is almost ready to return to the races after a prolonged layoff. The 3-year-old Mandy's Gold has never been beaten to the wire. Her only loss came when she was disqualified from first and placed second behind Two Item Limit in Aqueduct's Grade 3 Comely Stakes last spring.

"I gave her some time off after that race, then had her ready to return earlier this fall when she pulled a muscle which delayed her comeback even further," Gorham said. "I finally had her in the entries last Wednesday at Laurel in a pretty nice allowance spot where she was the 6-5 morning-line favorite, but she got sick on me and had to scratch. She's fine now and will run in the first spot I can find for her at Gulfstream, either a four-other-than allowance or the First Lady Handicap."

Clash of the highweights

The four highweights for Saturday's $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap - Castlebrook, De Bertie, Coolbythepool, and Cash's Pride - are all expected to start in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, which shares top billing on the card with the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Castlebrook will carry top weight of 118 pounds, one more than De Bertie and three more than her season-long nemesis Coolbythepool.

De Bertie worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Gulfstream on Monday, after which she got the green light for the Stage Door Betty on Saturday from trainer Steve Flint.

De Bertie won Gulfstream's Grade 3 Sabin and Grade 2 Rampart handicaps last winter, then was idle for eight months before returning with an allowance victory at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6. In her most recent start, she finished seventh in Churchill's Grade 3 Falls City Handicap.

o Jockey Emile Ramsammy, who finished third in Canada's Sovereign Award voting behind Patrick Husbands and Todd Kabel, will switch his tack to south Florida for the first time to ride at the Gulfstream meet. Former rider Mike Gonzalez, who will handle Ram-

sammy's engagements, said his rider is expected to be on hand during the final week of the Tropical meet.

o Calder racing analyst Bobby Newman and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated the birth of their first child, Julie Analise, on Sunday.