09/17/2002 11:00PM

Price short on talented Sightseek


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Bobby Frankel wasn't overly upset when Sightseek lost her second career start after making such an auspicious debut.

"I didn't want her to be undefeated anyway, there's too much pressure," said Frankel, who believes Sightseek has star potential.

On Friday, Frankel may feel the pressure of the bettors, who figure to make Sightseek a short-priced favorite in an entry-level allowance race at Belmont that goes as the second race on a nine-race card. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a field of eight.

Also on the card, Late Carson tops a six-furlong classified allowance race in a field of six.

Sightseek, a half-sister to Diana Handicap winner Tates Creek, overcame a slow start to win a six-furlong maiden race by 7 3/4 lengths on July 28. She came back 17 days later in an allowance race on turf, and finished a solid second to Title Nine.

At the time, Frankel said he ran Sightseek on the turf because he wanted to get another race into her before a possible attempt at the Grade 1 Gazelle. Frankel opted to pass on the Gazelle.

"Jerry [Bailey] said I probably ran her back too soon; she was flat," Frankel said. "I thought I'd get away with it. It didn't work out, but it wasn't a negative thing either."

Sightseek, a daughter of Distant View, figures to get a good stalking trip behind Clear Destiny and perhaps Treasure Beach. Clear Destiny missed by a nose at this level at Saratoga when racing on Lasix for the first time.

In the featured eighth race, Late Carson returns to allowance company after competing in stakes in her last four starts. Late Carson comes out of a fourth-place finish in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in which he hit the gate at the start and was last early. Late Carson has won only once from eight starts this year, but is a two-time winner over Belmont's main track and shows a bullet workout for this.

Late Carson figures to get a perfect trip behind speed horses Red's Honor and Run Kush Run, who both have drawn inside of him.

Star Chief comes off two solid efforts at Monmouth Park for underrated trainer Dimitrios Synnefias. Two starts back, Star Chief ran second behind Storm Commander in a race in which he was shuffled back entering the stretch, shuffled back again in midstretch, and forced to alter course. He returned 19 days later to win a similarly conditioned allowance race, and shows a bullet half-mile workout in 46.60 seconds at The Meadowlands.

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