12/29/2003 12:00AM

The 'other' Dutrow invades


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - While his brother Richard has thus far dominated the proceedings over Aqueduct's inner track, trainer Tony Dutrow will try to steal some of that thunder this week with representatives in a trio of $75,000 stakes races.

Tony Dutrow, who is based in Maryland, will send out Elegant Designer, the likely favorite, in Thursday's Interborough Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs. This weekend, Dutrow will ship in Mr. Spock for Saturday's Count Fleet for 3-year-old colts and Bikini Wiggle for Sunday's Ruthless for 3-year-old fillies.

Elegant Designer, a winner of 8 of 14 career starts, will be the co-highweight in the Interborough, a race Dutrow won last year with Wilzada. Elegant Designer won the Busher Stakes over the inner track in her 3-year-old debut last March and is coming off a solid performance in a seven-furlong optional claimer at Laurel Park on Nov. 26.

"`She generally shows up in most of her efforts,'' Dutrow said. "What a wonderful filly she's been. She's well-traveled and she did a lot of that when she was young, so you got to respect her for that. She wants to do right; she's no star, but she does give it her best.''

Richard Migliore, who won stakes at Calder on Saturday and Aqueduct on Sunday, will ride Elegant Designer under 115 pounds. Others expected to run, and their weight assignments, include Drexel Monorail (115), Literary Light (114), Fit Performer (112), and Go Go Baby Go (112). Shawklit Mint (115) and Bonefide Reason (112) are possible.

Mr. Spock, a son of Mt. Livermore, will make his first start around two turns in Saturday's Count Fleet, run at a mile and 70 yards. Mr. Spock won his maiden in his third career start, running seven furlongs in 1:26.71 on Nov. 26 at Laurel.

"He's getting better,'' Dutrow said. "He's never been two turns. He's definitely got some holes in him - I'm taking a big shot - but the way I look at it I don't have a lot of choices. The Count Fleet may not come up the toughest race in the world.''

There were only 13 horses nominated to the Count Fleet. Others expected to run include Distressed Debt, RB's Glitter, Risky Trick, Sinister G, and Smarty Jones.

In Sunday's Ruthless Stakes, Bikini Wiggle will be making her first start since finishing last in an entry-level allowance race at Saratoga on July 30. Dutrow said Bikini Wiggle came out of that race with a torn tendon in her chest and needed time to recover. Bikini Wiggle was brilliant winning her debut last April, but was trounced as the 3-5 favorite in the Fashion Stakes in June.

"`I don't think anyone would argue she's got some talent,'' said Dutrow, who won the 2002 Ruthless with Nice Boots Baby. "I'm going to give it a try in the Ruthless. Once again, running in an allowance at Aqueduct would be easier. I'm not looking for easy, I'm looking to try and get something done.''

Others expected to run in the six-furlong Ruthless are High Peaks, Highgate Park, Kalookan Lady, and Prudencia. Baldomera is possible.

Wilzada retired

Dutrow said that Wilzada, a multiple-stakes-winning filly owned by William Beatson, has been retired and will likely be bred to 2002 champion 2-year-old Vindication.

Wilzada, a daughter of Meadowlake, was never quite the same after suffering a condylar fracture last February preparing for the Barbara Fritchie Handicap. While she did come back from that injury to win once in four starts, she was most disappointing in the Dec. 13 Garland of Roses, finishing seventh in the field of nine.

"Her last race was not like her,'' Dutrow said. "I said, 'You know what? The filly broke her leg once, she's been so good to us, and it's not like her to do what she did; I think we should retire her.' Bill Beatson said 'Let's do it.' She was a wonderful filly.''

Wilzada retired with a record of 9 wins from 15 starts and career earnings of $294,895. She won the Interborough Handicap and Half Moon Stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup.

Don Six could be pick six key

There is a pick six carryover of $34,615 heading into Wednesday's card and the entire pool must be distributed as it technically is the last day of the Aqueduct 2003 fall meet.

The card's featured event is a third-level allowance sprint in which Don Six looks like the horse to beat. Don Six has been second the last two times at this level, dueling for the lead and fading each time.

His connections have made a few changes for this race in an effort to get Don Six to the winner's circle for the first time since May 24.

Stacey Parker, the assistant to trainer Frank Generazio, said she has been working on trying to get Don Six to relax a little more in the mornings. Since his last breeze, a four-furlong move in a swift 47.60 seconds on Dec. 23, Don Six has been mostly jogging in the barn rather than going to the track. Also, he will get a jockey switch to Shaun Bridgmohan.

"He gallops so fast, he's been leaving some of his race on the track in the morning,'' Parker said. "At Delaware there was one time each morning we could get him out on the track when it was quiet. That doesn't happen here.''

If Bridgmohan does try to get Don Six to settle, Team Player or Forest Snitch could be the speed of the race. Pop Rocks is a stalking threat for trainer Allen Iwinski and jockey Pablo Fragoso.

* Retired jockey Dick Lawless, who rode Decathlon to four of his 10 victories in 1957 when that colt won his second of two straight sprint championship awards, was a visitor to Aqueduct over the weekend. Lawless, 71, is recovering from mouth cancer and will soon be heading back to Barbados, where he has lived since 1994.