06/19/2003 11:00PM

Santos gets live mount


ELMONT, N.Y - When Roar Emotion runs in Saturday's $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, she will be ridden for the first time by Jose Santos.

John Velazquez has ridden Roar Emotion in all but one of her five career starts. Velazquez, who was aboard Roar Emotion when she won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan in her last start and the Grade 2 Demoiselle in November, will ride Yell for trainer Shug McGaughey in the Grade 1 Mother Goose.

Santos, who won this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness on Funny Cide, was on Roar Emotion in her most recent work, last Monday. Roar Emotion covered six furlongs in 1:12.24, the bullet among 10 works at the distance and more than one second faster than the next-best move.

"It was a sensational move," said Carlos Martin, who trains Roar Emotion for owner Joe Allen. "She is definitely on target for the Mother Goose. She looks like a beast."

Roar Emotion won the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico May 16 in the slop by a half-length over Fircroft. Santa Catarina, the third-place finisher, came back and won the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks last Saturday.

Martin said he didn't plan on hitting every dance with Roar Emotion, who has only run twice this year, and that is why he skipped races such as the Kentucky Oaks and the Acorn. He said his main focus for Roar Emotion, a daughter of Roar, is the new 3-year-old filly series that includes the Mother Goose, the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 19 and the Alabama on Aug. 16. A $2 million bonus will be paid to the connections of any horse who can win all three races.

"We wanted to save her for the championship races and that's why we managed her judiciously," Martin said. "I really believe it will pay off because I think she has the most room for improvement among the best 3-year-old fillies in the country.

Dwyer next for Go Rockin' Robin

Go Rockin' Robin, the beaten favorite in last Saturday's Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park, is headed to the $150,000 Dwyer on July 6.

New York-bred Go Rockin' Robin, who won the Grade 2 Peter Pan here on May 24, finished fourth in the Leonard Richards and was beaten 5 1/4 lengths by the longshot winner, Awesome Time.

"He hit the rail into the first turn and had nowhere to go," said Go Rockin' Robin's trainer, Scott Schwartz. "Delaware is also a tough track to take to the first time you run there. He came out of it fine and we would like to give him a shot in the Dwyer."

Dynever skips work due to mud

Trainer Christophe Clement intends to run Dynever in the Grade 2 Dwyer, but was forced to postpone the horse's first work since he finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

The first work was scheduled for Thursday but rain shot down those plans. Belmont's main track was expected to be muddy all weekend.

"I won't work him on that," Clement said as he gestured at the gooey surface during Friday training hours.

He hopes to get the work in early this week when the weather improves.

Affirmed Success jogging again

Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success is back in training after spending time on owner Al Fried's farm in upstate New York to recover from an ankle injury.

In his last start, Affirmed Success finished last in the Carter at Aqueduct on April 12. Earlier this year, the 9-year-old won the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct.

Trainer Richard Schosberg said Affirmed Success has been jogging for the last week at Belmont and is ready to gallop once the track condition improves.

"As soon as you see him on the work tab, it won't be too long [before he runs]," Schosberg said. "After three works, we'll find a race. He looks great and his attitude is great."

Schosberg said he has no specific races in mind for Affirmed Success, but left the door open for the gelding to run on the turf again. Affirmed Success won the Grade 3 Poker on the turf in 2000 and 2001, but hasn't competed on the grass since finishing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2001.

* Track announcer Tom Durkin did not call the races on Friday because he was called home to Wisconsin to see his mother who is ill and had to be hospitalized.