11/12/2001 12:00AM

Queue leaves her trouble behind


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Queue can make trouble for herself.

A 4-year-old daughter of French Deputy, Queue has no early speed but can finish strongly. It's a style that invites trouble in the form of heavy traffic, and nobody knows the trouble Queue's seen.

Yet that same style can be ideal in certain situations, as we saw here Saturday. Coming from far back in a field of 13 under Jose Espinosa, Queue passed horses quickly on the turn, attacked the leaders in midstretch, and drew out to a convincing victory of more than two lengths in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap on the turf at 1 1/2 miles. Sweetest Thing, a courageous filly from Canada who beat colts this summer in Woodbine's Breeders Stakes, finished second despite being pinned on the fence. The versatile Lady Dora, who runs in stakes at every distance from eight to 12 furlongs, was third.

Queue's triumph was only her second of the year from 11 starts, but she has a sense of timing, as suggested by earnings of over $400,000.

"She is a one-style filly," trainer Vinny Blengs said. "When she has a good trip and is well ridden, as she was in the Long Island, she can run a big race. I thought she was unlucky this season not to have won on several other occasions, but with her style luck is essential. She is being shipped to Florida and may make her next appearance in the La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder on Dec. 29. That race is, like the Long Island, at a mile and a half."

Queue is owned and was bred by Miami residents Gerald Robins and Jay Weiss, who have raced horses at south Florida tracks for years. Their partner, in Queue and some other stock, is Tim Sams, a breeder from Indianapolis.

Queue began her career under Frank Gomez, who developed so many good ones, including champion filly Princess Rooney. Gomez no longer travels, and last spring Queue was transferred to another veteran horseman, Blengs, who has her in best form. Weiss, Robins, and Sams are delighted but not surprised by Queue's success. They bred and raced her dam, stakes winner P J Floral, and her granddam, Peroxide Princess. It's all in the family.

Orseno's older stars

Joe Orseno is looking forward to the winter racing season in Florida, because the stable he will train there for Gulfstream Park owner Frank Stronach will include two horses of proven quality. They were sidelined through much of this year, but could have much to say in the handicap ranks in 2002.

One is Macho Uno, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile of 2000. He missed the classics and much of this year to a setback, but closed the campaign with a competitive fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Orseno is delighted with Macho Uno's progress and feels the best is still to come.

"There were some outstanding older horses in the Classic field," Orseno said, "and Macho Uno was the only 3-year-old to run well. He surprised a lot of people who were concerned about his third in the Ohio Derby, the race that prepped him for the Classic. We like to ship for a stake in advance so that he can have a breeze over the track and become familiar with his surroundings. He had a touch of colic and we couldn't ship early, but the Ohio Derby helped set him up right for the Classic. We think he's coming up to a top season as a 4-year-old."

The other colt is Thunder Blitz, who won the Flamingo last spring and ran well to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby. He has been out of action since with a quarter crack, but the foot has grown back and he will resume training soon at Stronach's farm in Ocala. Orseno feels Thunder Blitz has exciting potential.