10/22/2001 12:00AM

Sprint: Swept Overboard this year's model for Dollase


ELMONT, N.Y. - On Saturday, trainer Craig Dollase will try to join Jenine Sahadi as the only trainers to have won two Breeders' Cup Sprints with two different horses.

Sahadi accomplished the feat with Lit de Justice at Woodbine in 1996 and the following year with Elmhurst at Hollywood Park.

Dollase became the youngest trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race when he saddled the winner of the 1998 Sprint, Reraise, at 27. This year, he will try to get the job done with Swept Overboard, who is the only horse in 2001 to defeat Kona Gold, the defending sprint champion and likely favorite on Saturday.

Unlike Reraise, who wired the Sprint field at Churchill Downs on his way to a two-length victory, Swept Overboard, who is owned by John Reddam, comes from off the pace.

In the Ancient Title Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 6, Swept Overboard became a Grade 1 winner when he collared Kona Gold in deep stretch for a 2 1/2-length win. Swept Overboard, who trailed his five rivals through a half-mile in an eye-popping 43.45 seconds, was a beneficiary of 11 pounds from Kona Gold, who lugged 127 pounds.

Dollase said the way the Ancient Title unfolded was key to his 4-year-old colt's victory.

"He always runs a good race, but sometimes he catches short fields with no pace, and that takes him out of his style," Dollase said Monday at Belmont Park as he watched Swept Overboard gallop over the main track. "He needs to sit back and make one run. He has a lot of run in the end."

A large field, with an abundance of speed, could set things up perfectly once again for Swept Overboard on Saturday.

Delaware Township looks sharp

On Monday, about 15 minutes before Delaware Township came onto Belmont's main track for his final breeze before the Sprint, trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said he was looking for a "nice crisp work" from the Vosburgh winner.

Delaware Township complied with an extremely impressive half-mile move caught by official clockers in 45.52 seconds, handily, the fastest of 39 works at the distance. Under jockey Eibar Coa, who will ride Perkins's colt in the Sprint, Delaware Township reeled off a first quarter in 22.73 seconds and a second quarter in 22 and change, according to Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch. He galloped out five-eighths in 57.86.

Delaware Township was well off the rail and motored past Distaff contender, Queenie Belle, who also was working, in the stretch.

It was Delaware Township's first work since winning the Vosburgh by 3 1/4 lengths on Oct. 7.

Five days before the Vosburgh, Delaware Township also worked strongly, although a bit slower, when he earned the bullet for his half-mile move in 46.47, handily, seconds.

West Coast breezes

A slew of Sprint contenders breezed on Sunday and Monday, including Kona Gold, who went "a nice-and-easy three furlongs" in 37 seconds, breezing, at Santa Anita on Monday, according to trainer Bruce Headley.

"Just something to limber him up," Headley said.

El Corredor also worked at Santa Anita on Monday and was timed in 59.60 seconds, handily, for five furlongs. Both Kona Gold and El Corredor will arrive at Belmont on Tuesday.

Hook and Ladder, Squirtle Squirt, Left Bank, and Five Star Day also were on the work tab either Sunday or Monday at Belmont.

Five Star Day earned the bullet for three furlongs in 34.66 seconds, handily, on Monday

* In order for Hook and Ladder, first among the alternates, to start in the Sprint, City Zip must go to the Mile. City Zip's trainer, Linda Rice, is keeping a close watch on the weather and isn't expected to make a decision on what race she will enter until the morning of entry day, Wednesday. Hook and Ladder's trainer, John Kimmel, said if his colt doesn't get in, he will run in the $100,000 Sport Page on the Cup undercard.