05/30/2007 11:00PM

Senor Swinger tries sprint

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Senor Swinger, closing in on $1 million in career earnings, makes his season debut Saturday in the $60,000 Wolf Hill Stakes at Monmouth Park.

A victory in the 5 1/2-furlong turf stakes would lift the 7-year-old gray within $63 of the goal. But this is a challenging spot on the rail for Senor Swinger who has never run less than a mile in his 36-race career.

"I'm going to run him short because he's training so well," said trainer Joe Orseno. "I don't think it's his best distance, but it's the distance that he's ready for. He's been sharp in the morning. I need to start somewhere with him."

Senor Swinger spent most of his career with trainer Bob Baffert, winning the Grade 2 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap along with three Grade 3 stakes. He joined Orseno's barn last summer following a private purchase, going winless in four starts. His best effort since the acquisition was a third behind eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Miesque's Approval in Monmouth's Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes.

Orseno gave Senor Swinger the winter off to prepare for a new season and lowered the aspirations. "I was disappointed with some of my decisions last year," he said. "We bought him with the intention of keeping him in small stakes.

"This year, my feet are on the floor in terms of pursuing what we bought him for - these kind of stakes, where he'll be the class and he'll be the big fish."

The fastest horse in the field is probably Bingobear, a grass sprint specialist trained by Mark Shuman.

Bingobear, 6, made his season debut last out in the Baltimore City Turf Stakes on the Preakness undercard. He set a torrid pace before finishing second to Heros Reward.

Smart Enough, making his season debut, loves this course. He won two stakes here last year, the five-furlong Restoration and the one-mile Lamplighter.

Completing the field are: Winzalot, Mr. Silver, Midnight Express, Chief Outsourcer and Introspect.

Digger makes Dutrow barn debut

Digger is the only Triple Crown nominee among the six 3-year-olds entered Saturday for the $60,000 Spend a Buck Stakes at one mile.

Digger closed out 2006 with a third in the Maryland Juvenile Championship on Dec. 30. His lone stakes appearance this year was a ninth in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park.

This will be his debut for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Joe Bravo will ride.

Whiskey Lit has hit the board in all five starts for trainer Jane Cibelli. He pulled away to 2 1/2-length victory most recently in the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

John Rigattieri, who has a division at Monmouth for the first time this summer, sends out Saratoga Lulaby who was second in two Laurel Park stakes this year, the Miracle Wood and the Private Terms Also in the race are Johnny Z., Ghost Orie, and Nerve.

* Danny Mellul, Daniel Centeno's agent, has also taken on veteran Eddie King's book.