03/15/2002 1:00AM

Paloma Parilla forced to pass on Rebel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Paloma Parilla, winner of the second division of the $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, will miss the track's Grade 3, $100,000 Rebel on Saturday because of a quarter crack in his left front hoof.

The injury has forced the colt to lose six days of training, and he will now be pointed to either the $75,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn on April 10, or the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park on April 6.

"It's a little obstacle in the road," trainer Larry Robideaux Jr., said of the quarter crack. "On a scale of one to 10, it's a three. I'm being overly cautious, probably, with him. I told the blacksmith I don't want to just patch him to get him to a race. I want to heal him."

Paloma Parilla gave Robideaux his third win in the Southwest. He also won the race with Mystery Storm in 1995 and with Foxtrail in 1993.

Robideaux taught Paloma Parilla, a former front-runner, to come from off the pace for the Southwest. The colt mastered the lesson, closing from a stalking position to win his division by a neck over Cope With an Image, who is pointing for the Rebel, according to his trainer, Lynn Whiting.

Paloma Parilla has won 3 of 5 starts and $72,600. He is owned by Barnett Stables, and resumed training Thursday.

Robideaux's other top 3-year-old, the filly Cozy Susie, is being pointed for either the Grade 2, $200,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn on April 12, or the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes on turf at Keeneland on April 19. Cozy Susie finished second to Bedanken in the Grade 3, $75,000 Honeybee on March 9.

Cozy Susie is a two-time winner on turf, but has run two competitive main-track races this meet at Oaklawn.

St. Julien heading to Lone Star

Jockey Marlon St. Julien, 10th in the standings in his first season here, will leave the track Thursday to being preparing for the upcoming meet at Lone Star Park near Dallas, which opens April 4.

St. Julien, who will continue to ride in stakes and other select races at Oaklawn, won his first career title at Lone Star in 1998, but left the track a few years ago to ride in Kentucky.

St. Julien made his decision to return to Lone Star after he was extended an invitation to ride for trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won the past three titles at the track. In the last several weeks at Oaklawn, St. Julien has been riding more and more for Asmussen.

"I kind of got an offer to ride a lot of horses for Steve," said St. Julien.

The rider said his business is not strong enough right now to be competitive at the tough spring meets at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. This fall, however, St. Julien will return to those tracks, as he has a home in Kentucky.

St. Julien made a splash at Lone Star when the track opened in 1997. He won the track's very first race with 50-1 longshot I Are Sharp, and also was the leading money-earner during that season, as well as in 1998. His agent there will be Louis Coco.

St. Julien was not named to ride at Oaklawn on Sunday because he is serving a suspension for careless riding. He dropped his appeal of the ban Friday morning, and will be reinstated March 23.

Beau's Town to go in Count Fleet

Beau's Town, who has won his last four races by a combined 13 lengths, will make his stakes debut April 11 in the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz. The colt is trained by Cole Norman.

Whiting manages Hulkewicz's other top sprinter, Beverly Greedy, who is under consideration for the $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes on March 29 after his strong second-place finish to Chindi in a recent allowance race.

Chindi, a winner of more than $700,000, is also pointing for the Hot Springs. The allowance was his first win of the meet, and he was workmanlike through the stretch, covering six furlongs in 1:10.05.

"He knows he won," said Steve Hobby, who trains Chindi. "He's content. When he loses, he gets mad."

* Rodeo Fan, who exits a fifth-place finish to Powder in the $50,000 Spring Fever, returns to racing around two turns Sunday in the featured ninth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance for fillies and mares worth $30,000. Trainer Don Von Hemel has given the mount to Calvin Borel.

* Mike Ellison, a longtime assistant to trainer James Garroutte, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 43. A memorial service scheduled for Friday night at Oaklawn in the new backstretch chapel, and Ellison was to be buried Saturday in Pine Bluff, Ark. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and a daughter, Kimberly Mills.