10/17/2001 12:00AM

Temperence Time on comeback trail


Temperence Time, winner of the Grade 3 Remington Park Derby in 1999, is making a comeback. He began working at Remington Park in Oklahoma City last week after spending time at co-owner Elmer Moses's farm in Fort Smith, Ark., to heal from a severe quarter crack. Temperence Time has not raced since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Essex at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 26, 2000.

"He worked a time or two here [last fall], but the wall of the hoof just wouldn't hold up and they finally decided to turn him out for as long as it took to get it healthy again," said Danny Whited, the Remington Park-based assistant to trainer Kenny Smith. "The foot looks 100 percent now."

Whited hopes to see Temperence Time, a 5-year-old and winner of $396,490, return to the races before the Remington Park meet ends Nov. 24. If not, the colt will make his comeback at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Mr Ross seeks third Classic

Mr Ross, a winner of $853,516, will seek his third consecutive win in the Oklahoma Classics Day Classic on Sunday at Remington Park. The race is one of seven statebred stakes worth a total of $365,000.

This year, Remington Park reduced the purse for the Classic by $10,000 to $90,000.

La Senorita winner to Keeneland

Victory Road, who won the off-the-turf $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park near San Antonio on Sept. 1, is being pointed for the $100,000 Green River Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 25.

Victory Road was under consideration for the Grade 2 Alcibiades on Oct. 5, but her connections have decided to go for the Green River because it is run on turf. "It seems like she's a little better filly on the turf," said Gerald Romero, who trains Victory Road for Leland Cook.

Gilbert back at Lone Star

Bob Gilbert, the California-based Quarter Horse trainer who survived a brutal parking lot attack and robbery at Los Alamitos in March, made his first visit to a race track since then Saturday night at Lone Star Park. He presented a trophy to the connections of the Baby Doll Form ($24.40), upset winner of the $421,650 Dash For Cash Quarter Horse Futurity.

Gilbert, 57, won his fourth Grade 1 Vessels Memorial last year with Flare For Toby. Other top horses he has trained include Jaimie Jay, Uncas, and Junos Request. Gilbert has been in physical therapy since May.

Baby Doll Form could start next in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star on Dec. 1. A night before the Futurity, Pivotal Decision kept his record perfect in seven starts this year, winning the $179,800 Dash For Cash Quarter Horse Derby. He is being pointed for the $400,000 Texas Classic Derby on Nov. 30.

* Kettle Man, who romped by 10 lengths in the $38,450 Cajun Stakes Saturday at Louisiana Downs, is being pointed for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Dec. 8, trainer Cole Norman said.