01/19/2002 12:00AM

Spin Zone won't mind if track's wet

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JAMAICA, N.Y. - Spin Zone beat Maybry's Boy by a nostril in a first-level allowance race at Aqueduct in December. Spin Zone's win took on added meaning when Maybry's Boy came back to win the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream on Jan. 3.

On Monday at Aqueduct, it's Spin Zone's chance to earn his first stakes win in the $75,000-added Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes. Spin Zone meets four other 3-year-olds in the six-furlong Capossela, the feature of the holiday card.

A winter storm was forecast to dump up to six inches on the area Saturday afternoon and the temperature was anticipated to rise following the storm, which means the track could be mucky on Monday.

Spin Zone and President Butler have run well over wet tracks, but the other Capossela starters, My Cousin Matt, Pharaoh's Cat, and War Native, have made all their starts on fast surfaces.

Spin Zone makes his first start for trainer Ben Perkins Jr. after owner Charles Hesse of Char-Mari Stable removed the colt from trainer John Kimmel's barn two weeks ago.

Perkins said he is just getting familiar with Spin Zone, but the trainer has a reference point to work with, as he trained Spin Zone's sire, Wild Zone.

Perkins, who has won three Caposselas, including the last two runnings, said. "I trained Wild Zone when he was 2 and 3, and he was a really fast horse."

Perkins has had the opportunity to breeze Spin Zone and likes what he has seen. The trainer said he expects Spin Zone to be prominent in the early going, as he has been in his previous starts.

Javier Castellano rides Spin Zone, who drew post 4 and should show the way early.

Spin Zone's biggest threat could be War Native, a runaway winner of the seven-furlong Rollicking Stakes at Laurel for his trainer and co-owner Tony Dutrow on Nov. 17. Dutrow stretched out War Native on Dec. 31 in the Maryland Juvenile Championship with mixed results, as War Native finished third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

"He simply couldn't get the distance," Dutrow said. "He's so much more effective in a one-turn race."

Mario Pino rides War Native, who drew post 2.

President Butler won the Dancing Count at Laurel on Jan. 1 by 5 3/4 lengths and an allowance race in the mud in November.

Pharaoh's Cat, claimed out his last for $50,000, and My Cousin Matt, facing winners for the first time, complete the field.

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