03/22/2002 1:00AM

Sprint toward longer Bayakoa


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Although the distance of the featured ninth race Sunday at Oaklawn Park is six furlongs, it could produce several starters for the $75,000 Bayakoa, a S1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares on April 5.

At least that's the goal for Dorothy Ann, who won the Bayakoa last year, and possibly Darling Deputy, a recent allowance winner who is under consideration for both the Bayakoa and the Carousel Breeders' Cup, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares April 7.

Dorothy Ann, a winner of $230,160, returned from a more than nine-month layoff last out and finished second to the stakes-bound Sassy Dass in a six-furlong allowance at Oaklawn, where she is 3 for 6.

Since the race, she has worked well. Calvin Borel has the mount on Dorothy Ann, who faces a well-matched field in the allowance/optional claiming race, including Darlin Dixie, a sharp allowance winner Feb. 15; Pretty Rocky, fourth-place finisher in the $50,000 Spring Fever; and Secret Spender.

Catchaser earns a stakes shot

Catchaser is pointing for the Bayakoa on the heels of her 8 1/2-length win in a $30,000 starter allowance race over a mile Thursday. The race was her first at the meet around two turns, and it impressed Ronnie Campisano, who trains Catchaser for Young Stables.

"I liked the way she relaxed," said Campisano. "I'd like to keep going two turns with her. I think the farther the better."

Another under consideration for the Bayakoa is Red n'Gold, the $50,000 Pippin winner and runner-up in the recent Grade 3, $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup. "We've nominated to the Apple Blossom, and she'll either run in there or the Bayakoa," said trainer Bob Holthus.

Carousel next for Southern Tour

Southern Tour, who romped by 8 1/2 lengths in a six-furlong allowance Thursday, will make her next start in the $100,000 Carousel. The win was one of three on the card for leading trainer Cole Norman, and the first at the meet for Southern Tour, who had hooked crack sprinter Spanish Glitter in three previous races this meet.

"We got to avoid Spanish Glitter this time," said Norman, who called the allowance win a confidence-builder for Southern Tour.

All of Norman's winners were ridden by Anthony Lovato, who was aboard Southern Tour for the first time Thursday. "Lovato fit her like a glove," said Norman. "He came back with his goggles crooked, she was going so fast."

Powder, who earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for her win in the $50,000 Spring Fever, is also pointing for the Carousel. Trainer Sonny Wigginton had considered running the filly in a turf stakes at Keeneland, but will keep her on dirt right now as she is perfect at Oaklawn, winning her past three starts here.

Rare Cure back in training

Rare Cure, who last year won both the $75,000 Governor's Cup Handicap at Remington Park and the $50,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs, is to return to training this week. Trainer Joe Petalino decided the horse needed some time away from the races after he finished sixth to eventual $75,000 Essex Handicap runner-up Kiss of Lion in an optional claiming race Feb. 10.

"I just wanted to give him 45 days off, so we turned him out," said Petalino.

Rare Cure will make his comeback at Lone Star Park, and is being pointed for the track's $125,000 Assault Stakes for Texas-breds on June 29.

* Leave a Legacy, who had been working toward a comeback at Oaklawn, has been retired, said trainer Donnie Von Hemel. The horse won 8 of 36 starts and $537,420, including the 1997 Remington Park Futurity and the 1998 Great West Stakes. But he might be remembered best for his smashing money allowance win at Churchill Downs in 1999, when he ran six furlongs in 1:08.