02/13/2003 12:00AM

Sold or not, 'Music' is a threat


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Sale or not, trainer John Servis is hoping he has the opportunity to run Martha's Music in Monday's $75,000-added Rare Treat Handicap, the feature on the Presidents Day card at Aqueduct.

Servis said it's possible that Martha's Music, a winner of her last four starts, including three stakes, could be sold before the Rare Treat. The unnamed potential buyer sent a veterinarian to Servis's barn at Philadelphia Park on Thursday to examine Martha's Music, who is currently owned by Leonard Green's D J Stable.

If the 4-year-old filly, who has won six of her 12 starts, is sold before the Rare Treat and her new connections decide to run Martha's Music in the race, Servis said, "I think I might get to train her through Monday."

Martha's Music, who was assigned high weight of 119 pounds, would be the horse to beat in the 1 1/8-mile Rare Treat.

Martha's Music, a daughter of Sultry Song out of a Danzig mare, began her winning streak at Laurel Park in the off-the-turf Martha Washington Handicap, which she won by 10 1/2 lengths on July 27. She followed with a two-length victory in a six-furlong optional claiming race at Delaware Park and then won the Grade 3 Anne Arundel around two turns at Laurel. In her last start, Martha's Music was a four-length winner of the 1 1/16-mile Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel on Jan. 25.

"I think she is better going two turns," Servis said. "I even think she will grass. When she lost on the grass, she was coming off a lifetime-high effort and had a horrible trip."

The only other probable starters are Ellie's Moment (116), Pocus Hocus (114), Miss Splash (113), and Wishful Splendor (113). Indy Glory is listed as possible to start.

Elegant Designer may try Busher

Trainer Tony Dutrow is taking a pass on Saturday's $75,000 Dearly Precious with Elegant Designer, a winner of her last three starts, so he can stretch her out in distance for the $75,000 Busher, a 1 1/16-mile race here on March 1.

Elegant Designer, who won the Great State Challenge Juvenile Fillies in her last start on Dec. 7 at Sam Houston, has never raced around two turns.

"If that doesn't work out, there's a lot of opportunities for her sprinting," Dutrow said.

Dutrow said that Randaroo, who won the Valley Stream Stakes here last November in her final start as a 2-year-old, is back in training after a freshening.

Dutrow mention the Grade 3 Cicada on March 22 as a possible return spot for Randaroo.

Arroyo's release scheduled

Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. was to be released from the Nassau County Correctional Facility on Thursday, according to a prison official.

Arroyo began serving his sentence for second-degree assault on Jan. 6. The rider was convicted for striking three men at a pool hall with a pool cue last June.

Arroyo's agent, John Kolb, said he would speak to the rider after his release to determine when Arroyo would return to work.

Fritchie on betting card

Aqueduct will offer simulcast wagering on two stakes from Laurel Park during the holiday weekend. Both races will be shown as special events, following Aqueduct's live card.

On Saturday, a simulcast of the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie, featuring Grade 1 winners Carson Hollow and Xtra Heat, will be shown at 4:42 p.m.

Post time for Monday's $200,000 General George is 4:38 p.m.

* Aqueduct will be dark on Tuesday and Wednesday following a special holiday card on Monday. Dark day simulcasting will be offered on Wednesday, but not Tuesday. Entries for Monday's card will be taken on Saturday. Next Thursday's entries will be drawn on Monday.

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