10/22/2001 11:00PM

Sprint: Look of a live longshot


ELMONT, N.Y. - After Saturday's Breeders' Cup, many trainers will say goodbye to horses who are embarking on new careers in the breeding shed, but there is at least one trainer with a Breeders' Cup starter who will be fully involved in his horse's stud career.

Beau Greely, who trains Five Star Day, a starter in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, and his brother John Greely IV will stand the sprinter next year at Wintergreen Stallion Station, a farm they opened this year in Midway, Ky.

Grade 1 winner Ecton Park also will stand his first season at Wintergreen Stallion Station for the Greely brothers.

The stallion station is adjacent to their father John Greely III's Wintergreen Farm, where Five Star Day was raised.

John Greely IV, who manages Wintergreen Farm for his father, put together the partnership that bought Five Star Day for $325,000 out of the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Five Star Day runs under the stable name Kitchwa Stable, which consists of John Greely IV and Phil Elliott, and Columbine Stable, which is owned by Andrea Pollack.

Beau Greely said Five Star Day, a son of Carson City, was an extremely handsome horse as a youngster.

"My brother always loved him," the trainer said. "We raised him for some clients and he was one of the best foals we had seen. In 1997, it was a lot of money for a Carson City, but you had to have liked him if you saw him."

Five Star Day, who seeks his first Grade 1 win in the Breeders' Cup, has earned $575,365 from a record of 6-5-0 from 15 starts. In last year's Sprint, the race was over at the start for Five Star Day, a front-runner, who got off to a poor start and ended up finishing 14th.

Five Star Day, who fractured a hind leg early in 2000, has raced only twice this year because Greely said he wanted a fresh horse for the Breeders' Cup. After finishing second in the Saratoga Handicap at Bay Meadows in May, a race Greely said was purely a prep, Five Star Day returned in August at Saratoga and won the Grade 2 Alfred Vanderbilt over Delaware Township, another Sprint starter.

"I think he's got the ability to win a race like this," Greely said. "Being a fresh horse, I wouldn't trade spots with anyone."

For the 30-year-old Greely, a win from Five Star Day in the Sprint would be a career highlight, but also would be a super endorsement for his new stallion.

* Peeping Tom breezed three furlongs in company Tuesday at Belmont. The gelding, who has the tendency to be lazy in his works, was timed in 36.21 seconds, breezing, by official clockers, under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Peeping Tom, working on the outside, finished on nearly even terms with his stablemate, Montelena, a maiden.

Peeping Tom's trainer, Pat Reynolds, said the work was right on target.

"It was a useful work," he said. "We're sitting on 'go.' "

Peeping Tom finished a non-threatening fourth in the Forest Hills on Oct. 7, his first race since July. Earlier this year the gelding was in top form, winning the Grade 1 Carter and running second in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile.

Bridgmohan, the winner of the Eclipse Award as the leading apprentice in 1998, will be riding in the Breeders' Cup for the first time. The 22-year-old rider said he thinks Peeping Tom is capable of returning to the form he displayed in the spring, especially after a bullet half-mile work in 46.24 seconds, handily, on Oct. 16.

"I think everybody is looking at him like he doesn't belong," Bridgmohan said. "But that work [last week] gave me a good feeling and his last race did him a whole lot of good."