01/13/2007 1:00AM

Summer Doldrums looks ready for the big time

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - There are some interesting 3-year-old prospects on the grounds here this winter, but none that have been more visually impressive than Summer Doldrums at Aqueduct on Friday afternoon.

Summer Doldrums, a son of Street Cry, rolled to an 8 1/2-length victory in a first-level allowance race at a mile and 70 yards. He rated in fourth down the backside, rallied three wide on the turn, and rolled past the pacesetting Marina Market in upper stretch while covering the mile and 70 yards in 1:41.39. That time was .67 seconds faster than last week's Count Fleet Stakes, a race from which Summer Doldrums was scratched after drawing post 7 in the eight-horse field.

Prior to Friday's race, Summer Doldrums hadn't run since finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes behind Nobiz Like Shobiz on Nov. 25.

"We've always been high on him," said Rick Violette, who trains Summer Doldrums for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. "Believe me, I ran in the Remsen to win. We had a horror trip. He got broadsided at the half-mile pole; he had every excuse not to run well. I hated the post position in the Count Fleet. We just had to pray we got the a-other-than to go."

Summer Doldrums, who was beaten by Scat Daddy in his debut, earned an 89 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory Friday.

"He ran like a little Ferrari," Violette said. "He made three little moves, went back into neutral; just really a handy little horse. Hopefully, we can move forward from there."

Violette said he would most likely keep Summer Doldrums in the Northeast, but wasn't sure if he would run him back in the $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes or try to find something richer out of town.

Summer Doldrums's victory was Violette's seventh winner from 14 starters since Dec. 29. On Saturday, he finished second with two of his runners, beaten a total of three-quarters of a length.

"We're a streaky barn and I wish I could tell you why," said Violette, who has 50 horses in New York with assistant Rusty Meyers. "We win in bunches, but it's been a very good start to the New Year. It's a tough pace to keep up."

Contessa aims two at Aqueduct Handicap

Though one of his main handicap horses is sidelined with a foot bruise, trainer Gary Contessa will still have two horses to run in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap.

With Grade 3 stakes winner Accountforthegold nursing a foot bruise, Contessa will run the speedy Silver Prospector and the late-running Mayan King in the 1 1/16-mile Aqueduct. Contessa said Accountforthegold came out of his third-place finish in the Alex M. Robb Handicap with a bruise that he senses may have been brewing going into the race.

"He popped a piece of gravel and it took a long time for the infection to come out of there," Contessa said. "He probably had something going on in there going into the race.''

Meanwhile, Silver Prospector comes off a front-running score in the Don Rickles Stakes under C.C. Lopez, while Mayan King was beaten a nose by Bank President in a money allowance race at Laurel Park on Jan. 1. Mayan King is 2 for 2 over the inner track.

Silver Prospector and Mayan King both put in workouts Saturday morning at Aqueduct. Silver Prospector went five furlongs in 1:00.69 while Mayan King covered the same distance in 1:01.02

Others pointing to the Aqueduct are Angliana, Liquor Cabinet, and Who What Win, and possibly Shuffling Maddnes.

Who What Win worked five furlongs in 1:00.86 Saturday morning at Belmont.

Invasor works, heading back to Florida

Hoping to beat the forecasted rain, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin moved up Invasor's workout to Saturday and the Breeders' Cup Classic winner drilled five furlongs in 1:02.42 over a fast Belmont Park training track. He breezed in company with Abraaj, who began a little bit in front of Invasor, who caught him at the wire.

McLaughlin said that Invasor would most likely be shipping back to his Palm Meadows stable early this week along with Belmont Stakes winner Jazil. Invasor is being pointed to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. 3 and will likely work two more times before then.

Asmussen gets first 2007 winner

For the record, trainer Steve Asmussen's first winner in 2007 came at Aqueduct when Not on My Turf rolled to a New York-bred first level allowance score in the fifth race. It was Asmussen's first win since he returned from a six-month medication suspension.

Asmussen's last winner came on July 9 at Churchill Downs with Crafty Cammack. Coincidentally, Not on My Turf was Asmussen's last New York-based winner, having taken a maiden turf race at Belmont on July 7.

* Whirlaway prospects Lawrence the Roman and Sports Town each put in bullet workouts on Saturday morning. At Aqueduct, Lawrence the Roman, the undefeated New York-bred, went five furlongs in 1:00.49. At Belmont, Sports Town, a winner of 2 of 3 starts, went the same distance in 1:00.17.