01/06/2004 12:00AM

Shuman conspicuous by absence


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The honor roll of the leading trainers and jockeys in track history are posted in gold lettering on a large black backdrop in the Gulfstream racing office. Every year, the newest additions are tacked onto both lists.

Eibar Coa was the leading jockey here last year, and his name was duly added. But on the list of trainers, 2003 remains blank. What gives?

"Don't worry, we're putting it up there," track president Scott Savin said with a grin. "I didn't know that had happened. We are taking care of it, though."

The oversight might have been coincidental. The leading trainer in 2003 was Mark Shuman, who smashed the Gulfstream record by saddling 87 winners, nearly all of them for owner Michael Gill. Since then, Gill has filed several grievances against Savin and Gulfstream in a civil suit in Gill's home state of New Hampshire.

Savin said the case is tentatively scheduled for trial in late spring or early summer.

Track timer injured in training accident

Former jockey Mark Sellers suffered a possible displaced shoulder after being thrown from a horse during training hours Tuesday at Gulfstream.

Sellers, who in the last several weeks has been working as an exercise rider for trainer Vickie Foley, was scheduled to undergo a series of X-rays at nearby Aventura Hospital. Sellers, who also began working as the Gulfstream timer for Teleview Patrol last weekend, was in considerable pain with the injury, according to a friend who accompanied him to the hospital.

Sellers is the son of retired jockey Johnny Sellers, who won the 1961 Kentucky Derby on Carry Back. The younger Sellers rode with moderate success in Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, and elsewhere for about 12 years, ending in the early 1990's.

The accident occurred when the saddle slipped as Sellers was pulling up an unraced 3-year-old. The horse was not injured.

First Lady coming up strong

While the Spectacular Bid Stakes on Saturday appears to be coming up light, that certainly is not the case for the other stakes here this weekend, the First Lady Handicap.

Harmony Lodge and House Party, both Grade 1 winners, are expected to clash Sunday in the $100,000 First Lady, a Grade 3 race at six furlongs.

Saratoga County is the biggest name amid a small prospective field for the $100,000 Spectacular Bid, which no longer is a part of the Florida Derby series. At six furlongs, the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid typically has played a minimal role in the development of serious contenders for the Florida Derby.

Peck tests Gulf waters

Jockey Brian Peck found little reward in riding in the brutal cold at Turfway Park the last few winters. So Peck came to Gulfstream for the winter to see what business he could drum up.

"After Turfway, I'd be a dead duck at Keeneland," said Peck, 32. "I thought I'd see what I could get going here."

Peck figures to ride sparingly for several Kentucky clients, including Tony Reinstedler, Carl Nafzger, and Pat Byrne.

* A new local radio show on racing is being launched this weekend on WFTL-AM (1400). The show will be hosted each Saturday of the Gulfstream meet by Jeff DeForest and Paul "The Paulie Man" Messell. The one-hour broadcast begins at 11 a.m. Eastern.

* Jon Court will be away Saturday and Sunday to ride at Santa Anita. His top mount is Excessivepleasure in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes on Saturday.