07/25/2005 11:00PM

Special-looking colt

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Henny Hughes goes for a new owner Thursday after winning the Tremont by 15 lengths.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Last year, on the second day of the Saratoga meet, a 2-year-old colt based at Delaware Park came here and put on a dazzling performance winning the Sanford.

This year, another Delaware Park-based juvenile has arrived for the second day of the meet, and though the name of the race has changed, trainer Steve Klesaris hopes the result remains the same when he saddles in the Grade 2, $150,000 Saratoga Special at six furlongs.

The Special has returned to the stakes calendar after a one-year hiatus. The Sanford, won by Afleet Alex in a stakes record 1:09.32 last year, has been shelved for this year. By doing it this way, both races retain their graded status in case the New York Racing Association decides to run both next year.

The Saratoga Special offers Master of Disaster a stern test after he had things his own way winning his maiden on May 10 by 13 1/4 lengths. On a dull Delaware surface, Master of Disaster covered 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.86 seconds, equaling the track record. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

Klesaris, who owns a minority interest in the colt with Jeffrey Puglisi, scratched Master of Disaster from last month's Flash Stakes to give him more time.

"He ran a 97 Beyer first time out, he equaled the track record, he won by 14," Klesaris said. "You can't tell me or convince me they do that like nothing. This is how you see horses time and time again hurt themselves because they're pushed. That error we didn't want to make."

Jerry Bailey has the call on Master of Disaster from post 5.

, a son of 1996 Hopeful winner Hennessy, has won his first two starts impressively. So much so, he was purchased privately by Sheikh Rajid bin Mohammed al Maktoum for a price believed to be around $4.3 million. Sheikh Rajid is the son of Sheikh Mohammed, and will run under Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable banner.

After winning his maiden by six lengths at Monmouth Park, Henny Hughes survived an early bobble and a speed duel to win the Tremont by 15 lengths at Belmont on July 4. Gary Stevens rides Henny Hughes from post 4.

"I think he has improved since the last race, physically and mentally," trainer Patrick Biancone said. "I think he has a chance to be exceptional."

Union Course, beaten a nose in the Flash, and Parkhimonbroadway, third after a slow start in a maiden race, are potential upsetters.