02/06/2003 1:00AM

Roar Emotion getting in gear for new season


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Roar Emotion, who ended her 2-year-old season with a victory in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes last November, took the first step toward her 3-year-old debut on Thursday by working three furlongs in 36.05 seconds over Belmont Park's training track.

Roar Emotion, a daughter of Roar owned by Joe Allen and trained by Jose Martin, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada Stakes on March 22 over Aqueduct's main track. Her long-term goal is the Kentucky Oaks on May 2.

Trainer Carlos Martin, who oversaw Roar Emotion's workout Thursday for his father, said keeping Roar Emotion in New York for the winter appeared to pay off.

"She looks great, she definitely had a good winter," Carlos Martin said. "I'm real happy we left her here. This track's been great all winter. Today she went 24, 36, and galloped out in 49."

Martin said a couple of strong gallops last week helped open up Roar Emotion's lungs, and Thursday's workout "put her exactly where we needed to be. She did it the right way, and we're way ahead of schedule."

Martin said he and his father are looking for a big year from Roar Emotion, who won two of her three starts last year. Allen purchased her privately after her 10-length maiden win in September.

Aside from champion Storm Flag Flying, said Martin, "I'm not scared of anybody.

Castellano back in the saddle

Javier Castellano, who was thrown hard to the dirt in Wednesday's eighth race, returned to action Thursday, winning with one of six mounts. His victory aboard Message Red ($3.10), was his inner-track meet-leading 56th.

Castellano said he was a little sore, but overall felt fortunate he wasn't seriously injured in the spill.

"I got lucky," Castellano said after riding Nazone to a second-place finish in the third race.

Castellano was on River Salt, who broke down about a quarter-mile into Wednesday's eighth race. River Salt fractured both sesamoids in her right foreleg and was euthanized.

Castellano, complaining of neck and shoulder pain, was taken to North Shore Hospital, where he was released after X-rays proved negative.

"That horse felt good in the post parade," Castellano said. "I got to the lead and I put her into the bit and boom. She never gave me any warning. Thank God nobody got hurt."

Castellano said he was pretty sure he didn't break anything but went for X-rays as a precaution.

Now batting, Richard Dutrow

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said he has known New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and bench coach Don Zimmer for the last four years and had been wanting to name a good horse after them for a while. Torre and Zim, who makes his stakes debut in Saturday's Whirlaway Stakes, is that horse.

"They call me every time I have one in," Dutrow said. "They love the action. They love the racing game. We've been to the stadium a bunch of times, and been on the field and met some of the players. I love the relationship I have with them. It's all good."

Dutrow said he plans to name other horses in honor of Yankees such as pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and shortstop Derek Jeter. He said he also plans to name one Zim and Torre.

Dutrow said neither Torre nor Zimmer would be at Aqueduct Saturday because of other commitments.

Dutrow won't be at Aqueduct on Saturday, either. He will remain in Florida, where on Saturday Carson Hollow, winner of the Grade 1 Prioress, will have her final workout at the Palm Meadows training center before running in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Feb. 15.

An atypical Carson City

Progeny of Carson City have proven to be best suited to sprinting, something few trainers know better than Linda Rice. Rice trained the multiple graded stakes winning sprinter City Zip, a son of Carson City.

Rice also trains Auto City, who despite having won his maiden at six furlongs shows the ability to handle two turns. Auto City finished second to the highly regarded Colita in a mile and 70-yard race on Jan. 20, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 91. Saturday, Auto City could be the one to beat in a one-mile entry-level allowance race, which goes as the fifth race.

"In his case I had a suspicion all along he might improve going two turns, which is atypical of a Carson City,'' said Rice, who is mired in a 1-for-30 slump at this meet. "But Country Only won going long, and he's closely related to Country Only.''

* Trainer Mike Hushion won two races on Wednesday's card and moved into a third-place tie with Greg Martin with 13 wins at the meet. Hushion has started 36 horses. From Jan. 29 through Thursday, Hushion had eight consecutive runners that finished first, second, or third. That streak was broken when Bad N Beautiful, a first-time starter, finished sixth in the sixth race Thursday.