03/27/2002 1:00AM

Three top females add luster to Distaff


JAMAICA, N.Y. - A budding rivalry between Cat Cay and Raging Fever, plus the 2002 debut of Two Item Limit, will make for an interesting Distaff Breeders' Cup at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Cat Cay and Raging Fever have traded wins the last two times they met in Florida stakes.

Adding intrigue to the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup will be Two Item Limit, who finished a good third in the Breeders' Cup Distaff in her last start on Oct. 27 at odds of 32-1.

Two Item Limit arrived at trainer Steve DiMauro's Belmont Park barn Wednesday morning after a plane trip from Florida. The filly wintered in Ocala, Fla., before heading to DiMauro's Calder barn in February.

, a winner of $906,810, had a solid 3-year-old campaign in 2001. She only made it to the winner's circle on two occasions, including a two-length score in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, but Two Item Limit's losses in several Grade 1 races were by no means disgraces. DiMauro's filly finished second in both the Las Virgenes and Gazelle and was third in the Alabama and Breeders' Cup, where only 1 1/2 lengths separated her from the winner, Unbridled Elaine.

DiMauro said his long-range goal is to get Two Item Limit, who is owned by Joseph Graffeo, back to the Breeders' Cup, which will be run at Arlington Park on Oct. 26. The trainer said he would like to use New York's top stakes for fillies and mares en route to that end.

DiMauro said Two Item Limit is probably better going longer, but he selected Saturday's seven-furlong Distaff as a starting point for his filly for a reason.

"She's not relaxing as much as I would like and you figure coming off a layoff a horse will be anxious and aggressive," DiMauro said. "There should be enough speed in here to let her relax. If I ran her long first time out, I think she would show too much early and wear herself out."

Raging Fever was assigned highweight of 120 pounds in the Grade 2 Distaff. The weights for the other expected starters are Cat Cay (119); Two Item Limit (117); La Galerie (115); Prized Stamp (114); and Shiny Band (113).

Heir D' Twine a Wood possibility

DiMauro said there is an outside chance he would run Heir D' Twine, fourth in the Gotham, back in the $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 13.

Heir D' Twine was beaten more than nine lengths by the Gotham winner, Mayakovsky, who is expected to run back in the Wood Memorial.

DiMauro said he would be more inclined to run in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, which is shaping up as a tough Kentucky Derby prep, if some of the top guns dropped out.

Heir D' Twine worked a half-mile in 49.51 seconds, breezing, on Tuesday.

* Trainer Bob Klesaris began serving a 15-day suspension on Tuesday for a post-race positive for clenbuterol. Boodles, trained by Klesaris, tested positive for clenbuterol after finishing third on March 2.