02/01/2003 1:00AM

Powerful Touch to miss Fountain of Youth


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Powerful Touch, second behind Offlee Wild in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes, will not get the opportunity to avenge that defeat in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes after bruising his right hind foot.

"He's already missed several days of training and one work," trainer Ken McPeek said on Saturday. "I wanted to take more time to let him develop anyway and I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason. Right now, I'm just going to back off him and let everything settle down and then point for a race during the spring."

McPeek also said it is unlikely he'll wheel Ten Cents a Shine back on short rest for the Fountain of Youth. Ten Cents a Shine rallied to dead-heat with Senor Swinger for first place in his 3-year-old debut under entry-level allowance conditions on Friday.

"Right now we're discussing the Fountain of Youth," McPeek said. "I'm not real thrilled about running him back in just 16 days, although I'd rather not have to wait six weeks to run him again either. Our main focus for now is not having him peak too early."

McPeek said his first major goal for Ten Cents a Shine this spring will likely be either the Florida Derby here on March 15 or the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds March 9.

With Powerful Touch out and McPeek leaning against running Ten Cents a Shine, that leaves only six 3-year-olds who are being mentioned as definite starters for the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 15. They are Offlee Wild, Trust N Luck, Whywhywhy, Funny Cide, Bham, and Ozzie Cat. Whywhywhy and Ozzie Cat are both stabled in Southern California.

Out of Fashion injured

Mark Shuman set a new Gulfstream Park record by saddling 29 winners during the month of January. But, Shuman began February with some bad news.

Shuman reported that Out of Fashion, whom he had been pointing for Saturday's $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap, has suffered a condylar fracture in his right hind leg.

"I worked him for the race on Thursday and he went extremely well but came out of his work with the injury," Shuman said. "As good as everything has been going, these things are part of the game and they do happen."

Out of Fashion had finished fourth in Aqueduct's Grade 2 Fall Highweight and third in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap in his last two starts.

Shuman also has Native Heir and Topmost nominated to the Grade 3 Deputy Minister for owner Mike Gill but is not likely to start either in the 6 1/2-furlong dash.

"Even though both horses are doing well, I just don't think they're of that quality," Shuman said.

Shuman also said it is unlikely he'll run Roger E in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap despite his impressive allowance victory on Friday.

"He obviously loves this racetrack and ran a big race [Friday], but I'm still not crazy about running in the Donn, although I won't rule out the possibility entirely," Shuman said. "I'll watch [Sunday's] allowance race and try to get a line on who might be running in the Donn, although ideally I'd like to find an easier spot for his next start."

Give Haunted Lass a look

Haunted Lass and Preferred Option, third and fourth, respectively, in the Grade 3 First Lady Handicap, drop back to the allowance ranks and head a field of six older fillies and mares in Monday's $42,000 main event.

Haunted Lass contested the pace before giving way grudgingly through the final furlong of the First Lady while making her first start in nearly eight months for trainer Allen Iwinski. The speedy filly is already a two-time stakes winner and was also graded stakes placed at 2.

Tchula Miss, Colonial Glitter, Sea Span, and Passionate Bird round out the field.

Velasquez to serve days

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez, who was tied for second in the jockey standings with Jose Santos entering Saturday's program, had his recent seven-day riding suspension reduced to just four days following a hearing held on Thursday. Velasquez will serve his days from Feb. 3 through Feb. 6.

Both Velasquez and Santos had ridden 23 winners coming into last weekend's action, five less than Eibar Coa.

Windsor Castle works

Windsor Castle, the last-to-first winner of the Hal's Hope Handicap earlier in the meet, worked five furlongs in 1:01 here on Saturday. Trainer Frank Alexander is pointing the colt for the Donn.

Other works of note here Saturday were turned in by My Boston Gal, trainer Carl Nafzger's undefeated 3-year-old filly, who went five-eighths in 1:00.20, and the multiple graded stakes winner Gold Mover, who breezed the same distance in 1:00.60.

Monterrey's first U.S. win

Apprentice Richard Monterrey rode his first winner in the United States when Panama Mon ($27.20) won Friday's fifth race. The 18-year-old had ridden four winners in his native Venezuela before coming to this country to continue his career.