12/06/2001 1:00AM

Sam Houston


Boston Common, a 2-year-old colt by Boston Harbor who races for Richard Englander, the nation's leading owner, looks like a standout in the $25,000 Alamo Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

The seven-furlong race has drawn five others, including probable second choice Clever Coyote, a 9 1/2-length allowance winner last out over Wayne's Princess, who returned to win a stakes two weekends ago at Sam Houston.

Boston Common, a $50,000 claim who has finished no worse than third in five career starts, is the Alamo's best-bred colt and its highest earner. He also owns the field's biggest Beyer Speed Figure, a 92, which he earned for his front-running win in a conditioned allowance race at Delaware Park in his last out Oct. 17.

Before that race, Boston Common exhibited his class when he finished second, beaten a half-length, in the $48,000 Comet at The Meadowlands, a six-furlong race that went in 1:09.60.

Boston Common has been based at Fair Grounds in New Orleans since early November, and has turned in some strong works in preparation for his first start back from a near two-month layoff. Trainer Michael Pino has given the mount to Glen Murphy.