07/03/2002 11:00PM

Seeking Daylight sustains another injury

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Seeking Daylight, who returned from a fractured right front cannon bone to become a Grade 2 winner, suffered a fractured left front cannon bone Thursday morning and his racing career could be in jeopardy.

Following his 8 1/4-length victory in last month's Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, Seeking Daylight was expected to run in Saturday's Suburban Handicap.

Seeking Daylight galloped Thursday morning at Belmont and appeared to come off the track in good order. Back at the barn, trainer Mark Hennig noticed the colt was off and ordered X-rays be taken. The X-rays revealed what appears to be a hairline fracture of the cannon bone.

"It's going to need screws to accelerate the healing process," said Hennig, who was waiting on Dr. Stephen Selway to return from Florida to perform the surgery.

Seeking Daylight suffered a fracture of his left front cannon bone after he won his first two starts as a 2-year-old. He was away from the races for 15 months before returning in February. A 4-year-old son of Seeking the Gold, Seeking Daylight has won 4 of 7 starts and earned $244,710 for owner/breeder Edward Evans.

"There's no reason he couldn't come back to run if that's something Mr. Evans chooses to do," Hennig said.

Jaramar Rain aimed at CCA Oaks

Jaramar Rain, a convincing 6 1/4-length winner of a second-level allowance race on Wednesday, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 20, trainer Rusty Arnold confirmed Thursday.

It was the third win in the last four starts for Jaramar Rain. Her lone poor performance came in the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes, where she finished fifth behind Take Charge Lady. Arnold said Jaramar Rain acted up in the gate that day.

"We feel very strong about her pedigree,'' Arnold said. "She's by Thunder Gulch, a Belmont winner, out of a Risen Star mare and he won the Belmont. We feel like going a mile and a half is what we want to do."

Arnold said he was a little leery about running Jaramar Rain in Wednesday's sweltering heat. But, he felt he needed a race to make the Coaching Club and Wednesday's race fit the bill. After stalking a solid pace of 46.69 seconds, Jaramar Rain made the lead after three-quarters of a mile and cruised home a relatively easy winner. She covered nine furlongs in 1:49.06.

"She ate up last night and seemed excellent this morning," Arnold said.

Startac impresses Mott

Startac, the 2001 Grade 1 Secretariat winner who arrived in trainer Bill Mott's barn last week, worked five furlongs in 1:00.25 over the Belmont turf course Thursday morning. It was the second fastest of 10 works at the distance.

"He looked awfully good to me," Mott said. "He went off easy and finished very well. He was a very welcome surprise to the stable. I didn't expect to get him but I'm delighted to get him."

Startac is being pointed to next Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap run at 1 3/8 miles.

Startac, owned by the Allen Paulson Living Trust, had been with California-based trainer Laura de Seroux.

Startac is winless in five starts since last year's Secretariat and most recently finished sixth in the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood.

* Flying Dash, the Hawthorne Derby winner, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.65 Thursday over the turf course. He is nominated to the $150,000 Lexington Stakes here on July 14.

* Buddha, who earlier this week was declared out of Sunday's Dwyer Stakes due to a cough, breezed four furlongs in 49.80 seconds Thursday morning at Saratoga. He is being pointed to the Jim Dandy Stakes on Aug. 4.