05/22/2001 11:00PM

Put It Back wins again, bound for Riva Ridge


ELMONT, N.Y. - Put It Back won his fourth consecutive race on Wednesday, earning a spot in the $150,000 Riva Ridge Stakes on June 9, with a 5 1/4-length victory in a money allowance race at Belmont Park.

Windsor Castle, making his first start since winning the Remsen last November, finished second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Cowdin Stakes winner Fistfite. Charlie's Card was last in the four-horse field. Multiple Choice scratched.

Under Noel Wynter, Put It Back covered seven furlongs in 1:22.42 over a sloppy track. A son of Honour and Glory, Put It Back has now won four starts this year by a combined 19 1/4 lengths.

"Horses look good when they get out there by themselves," said Put It Back's trainer, Allen Jerkens. "It's a different story if he's third between horses. He had it his own way today, which is fine."

Trainer Frank Alexander said he was pleased with the way Windsor Castle ran, and he, too, will be pointed to the Riva Ridge on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

"I thought it was excellent," Alexander said. "[Jockey Robbie Davis] didn't beat him up. There was no one to go with the speed; it was speed bias. He rated kind, closed well, and it was a fast race."

Hollendorfer invades

Jerry Hollendorfer, the leading trainer on the northern California circuit for years, is expanding his horizons this year and Belmont Park is one of his stops. On Wednesday, Hollendorfer shipped three horses to New York, including Sirpa, who will run in Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes.

Sirpa, a son of Gilded Time, comes out of a third-place finish in the California Derby on April 14.

"He was wide in the race, but he still finished real well, so I thought he handled the mile and an eighth real well," Hollendorfer said. "I know he's still eligible for his first condition, but we're looking for a spot where a race might be real tough but would come up fairly light in number of horses."

Hollendorfer, who ran third in last year's Peter Pan with Globalize, isn't necessarily looking to use the race as a prep for the Belmont for Sirpa.

"I'm not going to look beyond this race," Hollendorfer said. "I'm a little bit conservative. Let's see how he handles the track. If he runs a credible race, then we'll probably stay in the Midwest and East this summer. We think the bigger opportunities during the summer are back in the East."

Frank Alvarado, formerly based in New York, will come in to ride Sirpa.

Hollendorfer also is shipping in a filly named Linda Love and a maiden.

E Dubai works for Peter Pan

E Dubai, a 12 1/2-length winner of a recent allowance race, breezed a half-mile in 49.02 seconds over a sloppy Belmont main track Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's Grade 2 Peter Pan. Exercise rider Rachel Dore was aboard for the move, which was performed around a double set of dogs set 15 feet out from the rail.

"I thought the track was packed down enough where we could get away with it," said Tom Albertrani, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "If we waited until [Thursday] it would be a drying-out, deep track. I thought the horse worked really good this morning."

Plans for E Dubai after Saturday are unclear, although they most likely won't include the Belmont Stakes.

"This is going to be a big step up for him," Albertrani said. "I'd like to see how he does this weekend before we start on future plans for him. It's a big difference from a nonwinners of three to a Grade 2."

No soft turf for Bevo

Trainer Bill Badgett was considering running back Bevo, a recent allowance winner on dirt, in Sunday's $100,000 Jaipur Stakes on turf. But with the recent spell of wet weather, Badgett is now thinking of running Bevo in Monday's Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap.

"To take him over there and run on soft turf for his first time on turf wouldn't be fair," Badgett said. "Plus, he's run so good over this racetrack, and in the Met Mile he would get a break in the weights."

Bevo is 4 for 7 over Belmont's main track, including a victory in the Grade 1 Futurity in 1999, which was run at one mile. Badgett said Bevo could run in the Jaipur if it was moved to the main track.

On Tuesday, Bevo worked five furlongs in 1:03.65 around the dogs over a sloppy Belmont main track.