03/03/2003 1:00AM

Randaroo starts year in allowance


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After winning Saturday's Busher Stakes with Elegant Designer, trainer Tony Dutrow and jockey Mario Pino will be back at Aqueduct Wednesday with another stakes-winning filly, Randaroo.

Randaroo, who hasn't run since winning the Valley Stream Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths in her second career start Nov. 24, is the likely favorite in the fifth race, a $50,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies. The conditions of the six-furlong race are for fillies who have not won either $15,000 twice other than maiden or claiming, or three races.

Randaroo, a Gold Case filly, began her career Oct. 23 at Delaware Park, winning a maiden race by 10 1/4 lengths. Dutrow, who trains Randaroo for Win and Place Stable and William Hurwitz, ran the filly four weeks later at Aqueduct in the Grade 3 Valley Stream. Randaroo set the pace and won the six-furlong race in a very quick 1:09.46.

Dutrow said Wednesday's race is a good starting point for Randaroo, who is being prepared for stakes races in the spring. One of Dutrow's target races is the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park May 10, with a likely start between Wednesday and then.

"She's doing wonderful, but is probably 75 to 80 percent [ready] for this race," Dutrow said. "It's a long year. This should get the wrinkles out and move her forward."

Randaroo, who figures to be a pace factor, drew post 5.

If Randaroo needs a race, Leniently, a winner of her last two starts, looks the most capable of winning. Leniently began her career in Southern California and came to New York late last year when Michael Iavarone bought the filly on the advice of trainer Greg Martin. In her first start for her new connections, Leniently won a first-level allowance by 1 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Feb. 1. Leniently controlled the pace and covered six furlongs in 1:12.23.

"She definitely has a lot of ability and she was not close to 100 percent when she won for us," said Martin, who is looking at the $100,000 Cicada March 22 for Leniently's next start after Wednesday. "She won on class alone. I have her much more cranked for this. [Randaroo] is the one to beat, but we are getting 10 pounds from her and she hasn't run in awhile."

Apprentice Luis Chavez rides Leniently, who drew post 4.

Home Run Hitter, The Name Was Gone, and Search for a Cure complete the field.

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