02/11/2004 12:00AM

Stars stay put for Fountain of Youth

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The prospective starting lineup for Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes has gone through a few alterations over the past 48 hours, but the changes do not affect the three likely favorites - Second of June, Read the Footnotes, and Sir Oscar.

Three-year-olds previously under consideration for the race but who are now looking elsewhere include Zakocity, Farnum Alley, and Mustanfar. Two Calder-based longshots, Hopefortheroses and Broadway View, are expected to join the lineup for the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

Silver Wagon, whose status appeared uncertain last weekend because of a bruised foot, is now about "90 percent" certain to compete in the Fountain of Youth, trainer Ralph Ziadie said Wednesday. Silver Wagon worked a mile in 1:41.97 at Calder on Monday.

"He came out of his work just fine and will go back to the track for the first time tomorrow [Thursday]," Ziadie said. "We'll enter, and, unless something unexpected pops up when he resumes training, he'll run Saturday."

The starting lineup for the Fountain of Youth, run at 1 1/16 miles, is now likely to consist of Second of June, Read the Footnotes, Sir Oscar, El Prado Rob, Silver Wagon, Frisky Spider, Broadway View, and Hopefortheroses.

Trainer Marty Wolfson said he will await next weekend's Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa with Zakocity.

"Tampa is just the better spot," Wolfson said. "The Fountain of Youth is coming up a very tough race. We'll run in the Sam Davis and hopefully use it as a prep for the Tampa Bay Derby [March 15]."

Farnum Alley, Mustanfar may still meet

Farnum Alley and Mustanfar, both allowance winners this meet, were under consideration for the Fountain of Youth, but the race was becoming too steep to suit their trainers. If, as expected, they bypass the Fountain of Youth, Farnum Alley and Mustanfar could instead meet in a second-level allowance race Saturday that is also expected to attract Birdstone.

Tony Reinstedler, who trains Farnum Alley, said, "I don't want to put him in a place where I knock him out, because he gives everything he's got."

"He's doing well," Reinstedler said. "It's just a matter of whether he's up to the challenge. He's a useful 3-year-old."

Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains Mustanfar, said he was "trying to pick the easier of two spots."

"He went from a maiden win into the Remsen and got his head handed to him, so I hate to throw him to the wolves again after winning last time," McLaughlin said. "But the allowance is coming up tough, too. Birdstone is supposed to run there, and he was most impressive last year."

Smokey Glacken ready to return

Smokey Glacken, who won 3 of 4 starts last year, including two stakes, will make her first start as a 3-year-old in Saturday's $100,000 Old Hat Stakes. She completed her preparation with a three-furlong blowout in 36.60 seconds Wednesday at the Palm Meadows training center.

Smokey Glacken has not raced since capturing Aqueduct's Valley Stream Stakes on Nov. 23. The Old Hat, like her previous starts, is a sprint.

"We put her away for the year because there wasn't anywhere else to run her," said trainer Jimmy Jerkens. "I still can't tell whether she can go long. She's got big speed. She's never had the opportunity to rate much. She doesn't look like a sprinter. She's long and spindly."

Sightseek likely for Rampart

Sightseek has never won at Santa Anita, and after her latest loss there, trainer Bobby Frankel is ready to get her out of California. Frankel has set his sights on Gulfstream's Grade 2, $200,000 Rampart Handicap, which will be run the day after Frankel sends out Master David in the Florida Derby.

"If they don't like a track, they don't like it. If you keep running them on it, they run worse and worse," Frankel said from his Hollywood Park barn.

After leaving California last year, Sightseek won four Grade 1 races in Kentucky and New York.

Blinkers help Eddington in maiden win

One 3-year-old who will not be in acton Saturday but who figures to be heard from before the end of the meet is Eddington, a grand-looking son of Unbridled. He was an easy maiden winner here last Saturday, earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure while running with blinkers for the first time.

"I have no definite plans for him just yet," said Mark Hennig, who trains Eddington for Wilmott Stables Inc. "He'll run here in something, and the Florida Derby is still a possibility, although I'd need to get an allowance race into him first. If the right one comes up at the right time and all goes well, then I'd consider the Florida Derby."

Eddington was making his third career start and second of the meet last Saturday. In his local debut, he finished second behind the equally promising Shaniko.

"Jerry [Bailey] came back after his previous start and said he thought he still wasn't giving more than 50-60 percent of what he was capable of," said Hennig. "And since we don't have the luxury of waiting if we are to be where we think we can be with him this spring, I decided to go right to the blinkers. I think he'll move forward mentally with every race. Physically he's always been there."

Eddington stands 17 hands, and Hennig has been high on him all along.

"Even with his size, he had the agility and ability to do things like a smaller horse right off the bat," said Hennig. "He's such a smooth moving horse, covers so much ground, and has an unusually high cruising speed. I knew all along he'd need two turns."

Ocean Silk shaping up for The Very One

The turf course was open Wednesday, and among those who took advantage were Ocean Silk and Master William, who worked a very fast five furlongs in company near the end of training hours. Ocean Silk was timed in 1:00.80 and Master William's time was 1:00.60.

Ocean Silk will begin her 2004 campaign in the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap on Feb. 28. Master William will begin her campaign in next Saturday's Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes.

Ocean Silk finished second in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks last summer, beaten a length by Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and Eclipse Award winner Islington. She also defeated Mezzo Soprano, a highly regarded horse, earlier at 3 in a listed stakes. Ocean Silk was turned over to trainer Pat Byrne by owner Robert Sangster following her second-place finish in Keeneland's Dowager Stakes on Oct. 19.

"I'm just trying to get this filly fit and playing a little catch up to make The Very One," Byrne said. "She was blowing pretty hard after this work and should get a lot out of it. Right now our goal is to make the Orchid. She's a very legitimate horse, and hopefully she'll turn out to be a Breeders' Cup filly by year's end."

The Grade 2, $200,000 Orchid Handicap will be run at 1 1/2 miles on turf March 21.

Master William, whose lone win in three starts came in Woodbine's Cup and Saucer Stakes, outfinished Ocean Silk in their work. Trained by Michael Dickinson, Master William has not started since Nov. 9.

* Roar Emotion tuned up for a scheduled start in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Sabin Handicap by breezing a half-mile in 48.60 seconds at Palm Meadows. Roar Emotion, who won last year's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, won a third-level allowance race on Jan. 15.

* Region of Merit, last year's Tampa Bay Derby winner, breezed a half-mile in 51 seconds at Payson Park for trainer Christophe Clement.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman