11/05/2004 1:00AM

Summerland can follow in family's footsteps

Email

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Violette Jr. has fond memories of Laken, a filly he trained to win the 2000 Fifth Avenue, a division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

On Sunday at Aqueduct, Laken's son Summerland is the likely favorite to win the $125,000 Great White Way, the male counterpart to the Fifth Avenue. Laken's sire, Scarlet Ibis, won the 1988 Great White Way for Michael T. Martin, Summerland's owner and breeder.

The six-furlong Great White Way drew 10 runners.

Several winners of the Great White Way went on to bigger and better things, including 1996 winner Say Florida Sandy, who ranks among the leading New York-breds of all time.

, a son of Western Expression, won his debut by three lengths Oct. 10, when he beat 12 rivals in a six-furlong statebred race at Belmont Park.

Violette said Summerland has the makings off a good horse.

"He only ran once, but it was a pretty good race," Violette said. "He showed speed, was in between horses, and put them away to draw clear. He has filled out some since the race, and we played with him in the mornings to get dirt in his face. He is capable of taking command of the lead, depending on how much speed is in the race."

Summerland worked a bullet half-mile in 48 seconds last Sunday at Aqueduct.

Shaun Bridgmohan rides Summerland from post 7.

If trainer Dominic Schettino were to run Galloping Grocer here instead of in the Grade 2 Remsen later in the month, Galloping Grocer would destroy this field. Schettino still has a decent shot at winning the Great White Way with Western Galaxy, an easy winner of a seven-furlong maiden race at Belmont last month.

The Stallion Stakes is for the progeny of New York stallions and Ok Let's Go fits the bill because he is a son of A. P Jet. But unlike the majority of the other runners on the New York Stallion Stakes card, Ok Let's Go is a New Jersey-bred, not a New York-bred.

, an 8 1/2-length maiden winner at The Meadowlands, was among the top choices in Friday night's $67,000 New Jersey Futurity at The Meadowlands. Ok Let's Go's trainer, breeder, and owner, Cynthia Reese, said she might scratch Ok Let's Go out of the Futurity because of the Great White Way's bigger purse.