04/02/2004 12:00AM

Pletcher two sure can do in Lafayette

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Wulpe, with John Velazquez up, starts in the $100,000 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Todd Pletcher has so many good horses in his care that it would be understandable if he sometimes lost track of things. But that's part of what has attracted so many deep-pocketed clients to his far-flung racing operation. Ask Pletcher about any of his horses, and he usually nails every detail.

Pletcher was on the move Friday at Keeneland, where he said he said he will "be in and out quite a bit" as the spring meet unfolds.

"I'm working some horses Sunday in Florida, then I'm going to New York, but I'll be back," he said.

In the midst of his highly demanding schedule, Pletcher still is able to focus on whatever matter is at hand. As for Keeneland, he will be represented Sunday by two of the top contenders in the $100,000 : Tales of Glory and Wulpe, both of whom exit races on the Lane's End Stakes undercard at Turfway Park.

Pletcher said Tales of Glory stands to improve off his second-place finish behind longshot Brass Hat in the Rushaway Stakes. "We kind of waited around at Gulfstream for a two-other-than allowance that never filled," he said. "We surveyed our options and the Rushaway looked best at the time. He got a little late in the last part, but probably needed the race."

Pletcher said that Wulpe "lost all chance at the start" of the Hansel Stakes before finishing a distant third.

Tales of Glory, with Jerry Bailey to ride, and Wulpe, with John Velazquez up, will start from posts 1 and 2 when they face five other 3-year-olds in the 67th running of the seven-furlong Lafayette. The Pletcher colts will be uncoupled for wagering purposes.

Besides the Pletcher duo, the other top contenders in the Grade 3 Lafayette include the Steve Asmussen-trained Bwana Charlie, a winner at Fair Grounds of his last two races, and Call Me Shane, winner of a Gulfstream maiden race at 42-1 when getting first Lasix last out. Call Me Shane recently was made a late nominee to the Triple Crown by owner Jack McNulty.

While the Lafayette typically leads to middle-distance races such as the one-mile Derby Trial, it rarely yields serious contenders for the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Recent winners include such standouts as Mr. Greeley (1995), Yes It's True (1999), Caller One (2000), and Posse (2003).