01/13/2006 12:00AM

Pool Land flashes star potential

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Recently sold for $290,000, Fleet Indian is now in Todd Pletcher's barn.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Owner Eugene Melnyk and trainer Todd Pletcher have a likely force in the filly and mare division with Indian Vale. They could have another budding star as well with Pool Land, who makes her stakes debut in Sunday's $60,000 Summer Colony at Aqueduct.

Pool Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Silver Deputy, has won her first two starts by more than five lengths each. After winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race over Aqueduct's main track on Nov. 26, she successfully stretched out to a mile and 70 yards winning an allowance race on Dec. 18 over the inner track.

She was quite impressive in her second start when she dueled with Salute through hot early fractions, then ran away from Patriot Fan, who had come to her flank turning for home. Her final time of 1:42.28 was one of the better times recorded at a mile and 70 yards this meet.

Seth Benzel, Pletcher's New York assistant, said he thought Pool Land had quality, but with a pedigree that indicated distance, he wasn't sure she would be able to win sprinting first time out.

"I wasn't sure how much she was going to show right out of the box,'' Benzel said. "It was almost an easier step, we felt, going a little longer. I think she's a filly you'll be hearing more from during the summer. She seems to give off an air of quality. Her best races are down the road.''

In the Summer Colony, a two-turn race with a short run into the first turn, Pool Land will have to use her speed from post 8 to get position. She also will likely face pace pressure from more experienced and accomplished fillies.

Amazing Buy was entered in Saturday's Affectionately, but her connections were likely to scratch her from that race due to the likelihood of a wet track. Amazing Buy is a three-time stakes winner, with two of those victories coming over the inner track.

Like Pool Land, Bahiye is 2 for 2. Trainer Carlos Martin is hesitant to run her in this spot, however, because it would mean bringing her back on nine days' rest.

Pleasant Laughter and Victory Pool are closers who warrant a look in this field.

Fleet Indian now with Pletcher

Fleet Indian, who won the Montauk Handicap on Nov. 27, has been sold and transferred to Pletcher's Belmont barn.

Fleet Indian sold for $290,000 at Monday's first session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale. According to Benzel, Fleet Indian was purchased by Paul Saylor, who was part of the group that owned Ashado, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2004. Fleet Indian had been previously owned by Stan Fulton and trained by Jimmy Toner.

On Dec. 30, Fleet Indian won a third-level allowance race at Philadelphia Park by 5 3/4 lengths.

Plans for when or where Fleet Indian will run next are undecided. Fleet Indian is a New York-bred daughter of Indian Charlie who has won 7 of 12 starts.

Bush eyes upcoming stakes

It has been a relatively quiet winter thus far for trainer Tom Bush. He hopes to change that in the next week when he runs several horses in stakes.

Monday, Bush will send out Strummer in the $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes and High Peaks in the $60,000 Dixie Flag. Next Friday, Bush plans to start Gold and Roses in the $60,000 Mellow Roll.

After losing his first two starts, Strummer, a New York-bred son of Phone Trick, is 2 for 2 since adding blinkers.

"It seems like they've helped a lot,'' said Bush, who is 3 for 24 since the inner track opened. "He wasn't screaming out to me in the morning that he needed them that much. But if you did put them on in the morning, he'd breeze better with them than without them.''

Strummer's only bad performance came when he was fourth, beaten 15 3/4 lengths, in the New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes. Bush explained that Strummer is a nervous sort who may not have handled his new surroundings well at Finger Lakes.

High Peaks is coming off two dismal efforts, but has shown an affinity for the inner track in the past.

"She's the kind of filly that if she doesn't get her own way she seems to pack it in,'' Bush said. "She's run two bad ones in a row and I'm not sure why. She likes to run fresh, and she worked well the other day.''

Gold and Roses had a good 3-year-old, winning 4 of 11 starts. He comes off a fourth-place finish in the Alex M. Robb Handicap, in which he had a bit of a troubled trip.

After Gold and Roses got off to a slow start, jockey Eibar Coa decided to try to rate him. Gold and Roses is a horse that likes to be in the mix early.

Whole day lost in the fog

Friday's entire card was run in the fog, making it difficult-to-impossible to watch the races and have any sense what went on. Track announcer Larry Collmus was often at a loss to describe the action.

The fog began to lift right before the ninth race and had totally evaporated by 4:30 p.m., about six minutes after the last race finished. By 5, however, the track was again enveloped in fog.