06/24/2003 12:00AM

Sightseek has Frankel looking ahead


ELMONT, N.Y. - What does the future hold for Sightseek, an imposing five-length winner of Saturday's $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap for fillies and mares?

"Hopefully a Breeders' Cup engagement this fall with Azeri," trainer Bobby Frankel answered promptly. "Sightseek is a very good filly. I didn't know how she would handle the track with all the rain we've had. She had no experience with an off track, and I had some concern during the race but Jerry Bailey said she handled it well, and she was beating a strong field."

Bailey rode an outstanding race, placing Sightseek just off a crisp pace set by Take Charge Lady, a Grade 1 stakes winner. Sightseek put pressure on the leader but had enough left to pass her in the upper stretch and draw clear for a rousing victory. Take Charge Lady, who ran a fine race, was second, another five lengths before Mandy's Gold, who is also a Grade 1 stakes-winner.

Bred and owned by Juddmonte Farm, Sightseek is a 4-year-old daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Distant View, and is out of Viviana. Viviana, in turn, is the dam of Tates Creek, whom Frankel has trained to win more than $1 million.

Sightseek, who won the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs this spring by 4 1/2 lengths, is in the best form of a remarkable career. She has made 10 starts, winning six of them, with four seconds, and has all the class her consistency suggests. Look for her to make her next start at Saratoga, possibly in the $250,000 Go for Wand in late July.

Frankel may have the most memorable meeting at Saratoga since Diamond Jim Brady arrived with the glamorous Lillian Russell. He has established stars for almost every division, and a number of exciting prospects like Ghostzapper, an impressive winner at Belmont last week in his first start in almost six months.

Ghostzapper, a 3-year-old son of Awesome Again owned and bred by Frank Stronach, drew considerable acclaim last fall after finishing strongly in a maiden race at Hollywood Park to score by nine lengths. A few weeks later at Santa Anita, however, he was a dull fourth and Frankel immediately backed away.

Puffy ankles was the diagnosis, and when time worked its wonders, Ghostzapper returned to training with welcome success. Racing off the pace here in allowance company, he exploded to the lead and won by more than three lengths under Javier Castellano.

A half-brother to the fine sprinter, City Zip, Ghostzapper may have another race at Belmont before heading for the Spa and, perhaps, the headlines.