03/04/2002 12:00AM

A revived Crafty C.T. will aim for Met Mile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Crafty C.T. will be pointed for the $750,000 Met Mile at Belmont Park on May 27 after an impressive four-length win in an allowance race on Saturday at Santa Anita.

The victory, which came against a strong field, was Crafty C.T.'s first win since the San Rafael Stakes in March 2001. He subsequently finished second in the Santa Anita Anita Derby but ran poorly in two allowance races at Hollywood Park and Del Mar.

"I think we're back," trainer Howard Zucker said. "He was real impressive going to the wire. He ran like his old self."

Ridden by Chris McCarron, Crafty C.T. stalked pacesetter Hombre Rapido to early stretch and drew off in the final furlong, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.20. "I like seeing him come from behind like that," Zucker said.

D'wildcat, the winner of the 2001 Swale Stakes who was returning from injury, finished second.

"He'll move forward," said Bob Hess Jr., who trains D'Wildcat. "I think he needed a race to sharpen him up. The main thing is he was ice cold [Sunday] morning."

Zucker said Crafty C.T. may start in the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs on March 30 and then prepare for the Met Mile.

Comeback possible for Budroyale

Budroyale, who finished second in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park, has resumed training with Ted West. Unraced since September, the 9-year-old Budroyale does not have a goal, West said.

"He's so much happier at the track," West said. "This way, we'll give him a shot. He won't run if he isn't perfect."

Redattore scratched from Dubai trip

Redattore, the winner of the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 3, will miss the Dubai World Cup due to a foot problem.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Redattore sloughed a frog in the San Antonio Handicap, and the foot has failed to heal well. Mandella said he canceled plans for the overseas trip after Redattore aggravated the foot in a turf workout last week.

"I was going backward," Mandella said. "We've backed off a little bit."

Dubai Derby eligible at age 4

Trainer Laura de Seroux will have a starter in Dubai, Total Impact, who ran second in an allowance race on Feb. 24. Even though he is a 4-year-old, Total Impact is being pointed for the $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby on the World Cup undercard.

Total Impact is eligible for the race because he was bred in South America.

"The plan has always been the Dubai Derby," she said. "I've had him since last September and I gave him 45 or 50 days off when he got here. He's such a laid-back horse. He makes me very comfortable sending him."

The Dubai program also includes the Golden Shaheen over a straightaway six furlongs. Caller One and Men's Exclusive, both trained at Hollywood Park, finished one-two last year and are on schedule for this year's race. Sunday, Men's Exclusive worked a half-mile in 45.40 seconds, the fastest of 15 works at the distance. He will be ridden in Dubai by Martin Pedroza.

You heads probables for Oaks

Bobby Frankel leads all trainers at this meeting with seven stakes wins. Bettors will be expecting him to increase that figure when You starts as the favorite in Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks.

You won the Las Virgenes Stakes in her 2002 debut on Feb. 10. She is expected to face Adoration, Farda Amiga, Habibti, Redmond, and Tali'sluckbusride.

Sunday, Favorite Funtime, the upset winner of the Santa Maria Handicap on Feb. 17, starts in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap over 1 1/8 miles. She will face a small field, which is expected to include Ask Me No Secrets, Azeri, Printemps, Spain, and Warren's Whistle.

Jockey agent Garcia dies

Eddie Garcia, a jockey's agent and former trainer, died Saturday of cardiac arrest.

Garcia was stricken in the early evening, a few hours after the jockey he represented, Fernando Valenzuela, suffered a broken arm in a one-horse spill in the 11th race.

Garcia, 49, was born in Cuba and worked on the New York circuit for many years, starting as a hotwalker. According to his friends, Garcia suffered a heart attack late last year. Services are pending.

Valenzuela underwent surgery on Saturday night and is expected to be out for several months.

Valenzuela gets days for rough riding

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela may appeal a five-day suspension he received for rough riding in the eighth race last Friday, according to his agent, Nick Cosato.

Valenzuela was disqualified from two winners on Friday - Calzada Kid in the third race and Song Minister in the eighth. Valenzuela was suspended for failing to maintain a straight course on Song Minister.

The suspension is scheduled to start on Friday and run through March 14.

Third best handle in track's history

The mutuel handle on Saturday's 11-race Santa Anita Handicap program was the third-highest in track history.

Including statewide and nationwide sources, handle reached $25,220,359, a figure that trailed the $36.2 million of the 1993 Breeders' Cup and the $25.28 million from the 2000 Santa Anita Derby.

The ontrack attendance of 30,411, was a drop from the 2001 figure of 34,176.

* The de Seroux stable unveiled a promising 3-year-old filly last Friday when High Society pulled an upset in the $113,150 La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course. High Society ($21.60) rallied on the outside under jockey Brice Blanc to win by a length over Fun House.