08/11/2003 12:00AM

Pomeroy fresh for Special

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Though trainer Patrick Biancone had great success early last year with his 2-year-olds, it may have cost him in the fall. Zavata and Whywhywhy were both precocious enough to win stakes in June, but by the Breeders' Cup in October, they were spent.

Hoping to have learned from that experience, Biancone has started his 2-year-olds a little later this year. He'll find out how that program is working when he sends out Pomeroy in Wednesday's Grade 2, $150,000 Saratoga Special at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Biancone won last year's Saratoga Special with Zavata, who had already run in two other stakes and three races overall. Pomeroy, a son of Boundary, won his maiden June 13 at Belmont and then took a preliminary allowance race at Monmouth one month later.

"We're trying to do something different," said Biancone, who trains Pomeroy for Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. "That's why we started in June and July. Last year, we started in May. We'll see how good he is."

Biancone felt that the allowance race at Monmouth was key because Pomeroy did not have to overexert himself. Pomeroy bobbled at the start of that 5 1/2-furlong race but quickly recovered and won by 11 1/2 lengths in a solid time of 1:03.24. The two horses he beat, Tym Beau and Expect the Best, came back to win entry-level allowance races at Delaware and Laurel, respectively.

Pomeroy will break from post 8 under Edgar Prado.

Limehouse, owned by Dogwood Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, is the horse to beat in the Saratoga Special. A son of Grand Slam, Limehouse is 3 for 3 including victories in the Three Chimneys Juvenile and Bashford Manor, both at Churchill Downs. He stalked the pace in both races and really kicked clear in the stretch of the Bashford Manor.

"For a lightly raced horse, he's shown a lot of professionalism and sense beyond his years," Pletcher said. "I think he's trained very well. The horse you can tell is full of himself and feels good. I look for him to continue to improve."

Off two impressive victories to begin his career, Cuvee was the 1-2 favorite in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup, but he had to steady twice in the race and checked in a well-beaten third. Jerry Bailey replaces Lonnie Meche for Steve Asmussen.

Completing the field is the D. Wayne Lukas-trained entry of Boston Brahmin and Desert Patrol, along with Toin and Boin, Tequesta, and El Prado Rob.