08/24/2001 11:00PM

Squirtle Squirt all the way


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - City Zip's perfect 4-for-4 record at Saratoga ended on Saturday in the $200,000 King's Bishop when he finished third to Squirtle Squirt.

California invader Squirtle Squirt, from the red-hot barn of Bobby Frankel, led all the way, winning by 3 1/4 lengths over Illusioned. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to City Zip, who had won his previous four races at Saratoga.

Eight 3-year-olds ran in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on the Travers undercard.

Under jockey Jerry Bailey, Squirtle Squirt, the 3-2 favorite, set a quick pace in the seven-furlong race - 22.03 seconds for the quarter and 44.32 for the half. Keats tracked Squirtle Squirt in second down the backstretch, with City Zip, the 7-2 second choice, in third.

City Zip came running at Squirtle Squirt at the top of the stretch, but Bailey set down Squirtle Squirt and they turned back the challenge. The victory was the fourth of the day for Bailey.

Bay Head King finished fourth, five lengths behind City Zip, and was followed under the wire by Shore Breeze, Keats, Orientate, and The Goo.

Squirtle Squirt covered the distance over a fast track in 1:21.97, which was 0.80 off the stakes record set by Foresty in 1999.

Squirtle Squirt ($5) is owned by David J. Lanzman.

Squirtle Squirt now has earnings of $487,220 and a record of 5-3-0 from 10 starts.

Earlier this year, Squirtle Squirt, a son of Marquetry, finished second in both the Grade 3 Laz Barrera and Grade 2 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap. Last year, while in trainer Joe Garcia's barn, Squirtle Squirt won five of eight starts, including the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex.

"He ran two great races in California when he got beat," said Frankel, who has won five stakes at the Saratoga meet. "I felt pretty good when City Zip came to my horse. [Squirtle Squirt] is a game horse."

Dr. Kashnikow takes Fourstardave

For the second straight day, trainer John Kimmel won a stakes race with a horse that he had sold before the race. Friday, he won the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap with Pompeii. Saturday, he took the $200,000, Grade 2 Fourstardave with Dr. Kashnikow, who rallied from well back to nip longshot Tubrok by three-quarters of a length. It was a neck back to Aly's Alley in third.

"Anybody want to buy a horse?" Kimmel joked in the winner's circle.

Dr. Kashnikow, a 4-year-old gelded son of El Gran Senor, was purchased by Eugene Dixon's Erdenheim Farm two weeks ago. When Kimmel told Dixon he wanted to run the horse in the Fourstardave, Dixon allowed him to train the horse up to the race. It is expected that Dr. Kashnikow will be transferred to the barn of Dr. John R. Fisher, who is based in Fair Hill, Md.

"There's a lot of mixed emotions with this kind of situation, but I've been around long enough to know that horses come and go," Kimmel said. "People always said if you're not turning them over you're probably not doing the best for your outfit."

Although Richard Migliore had ridden the horse in his first seven starts, he took off to ride Union One, whom trainer Michael Dickinson scratched because the ground was too firm. John Velazquez rode Dr. Kashnikow, who was 10 lengths out of it in the early stages before splitting rivals in the stretch and outkicking 27-1 Tubrok to the line.

Dr. Kashnikow covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.30 and returned $15.40 to win.

- additional reporting by David Grening