12/17/2002 12:00AM

Toccet and Kafwain. And that's all?


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Anybody for a match race? The probable field for Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity continued to shrink on Tuesday morning, when trainer Bobby Frankel said Ghostzapper was unlikely to participate, and Bill Currin, the trainer and co-owner of Outta Here, decided to send his colt to Louisiana for a $500,000 race at Delta Downs.

The only confirmed starters for the race are Toccet, the winner of the Remsen Stakes and Champagne Stakes, and Norfolk Stakes winner Kafwain, most recently the second-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Roll Hennessy Roll, the Hollywood Prevue winner, is possible.

That's it.

Outta Here was scheduled to leave at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Currin said Kent Desormeaux would ride.

"I knew it was going to be light, but I didn't think it was going to be that light," said Currin of the Futurity field. "If I'd have known it was only going to be three or four, I might have stayed here. But he's going."

Currin said one reason he decided to run in the Delta Jackpot rather than in the Futurity was because Outta Here, though placed in three graded stakes, had yet to win a stakes race.

Frankel said Ghostzapper, an impressive nine-length winner of his only start Nov. 16, was unlikely to run because his training schedule was interrupted Tuesday morning, when Hollywood Park closed its main track.

"I'm not running now," Frankel said. "I'm supposed to run in the Futurity off one race and I can't even train?"

Because Ghostzapper was not an early nominee to the Futurity, it would cost his owner, Frank Stronach, $20,000 - $10,000 to enter, and $10,000 to start - to run in the race.

Toccet is scheduled to arrive at Hollywood Park on Thursday from his base in Maryland.

Trainers gripe about closed track

Frankel was one of several trainers who were angered that Hollywood Park closed its main track to training Tuesday following heavy rain that hit the area Monday.

"You can't even jog on the outside part of the racetrack," Frankel said. "We're not even asking for it to be open for training, just jogging. And if it's a perfect track, you should be able to seal it and then open it for training. They're admitting it's not a good track by not opening it up. Is that the way it's going to be the rest of the winter?"

Hollywood Park's smaller training track was open for training late in the morning after renovation to fill in a gap on the backstretch that washed out during the rain. Frankel could have taken his horses there, but said he did not think the surface was safe.

"It has ruts in it," Frankel said. "It's terrible."

Trainer Alfredo Marquez, whose barn is adjacent to the training track, said it was "better" later in the morning than earlier. He said the few horses he took to the track only jogged.

"I wish they would put dogs up on the main track so we could jog on the outside," Marquez said. "That wouldn't hurt the main track."

"The sun's been out for three hours," trainer John Shirreffs said. "With the technology they have, they could call [Los Angeles International Airport] and get a weather update. They just don't want to cooperate. This is the biggest, widest track in California. You mean they can't open the outside one-third of the track to jog?"

Even the usually placid Ron McAnally, like Frankel a Hall of Famer, was agitated.

"You can't even find anybody in management here to talk to," McAnally said. "On a day when there's no racing, there's nobody here."

Closing the main track in the morning, McAnally said, was "just one more reason why the races don't fill here."

According to officials at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park, both tracks received about 1 1/2 inches of rain during the storm. Santa Anita, whose meet does not open until next week, was open for full training on the main track on Tuesday morning.

Eual Wyatt Jr., Hollywood Park's general manager, was not in his office on Tuesday because it is his day off, but his secretary forwarded a call to his cell phone. Wyatt said the main track was closed on Tuesday because the day's forecast was unsettled, and to protect the main track for racing later this week. Hollywood Park's meeting runs through Sunday.

"There was still a chance of showers this morning," Wyatt said. "If you get unlucky and it rains while the track is open for training, then when you race tomorrow the trainers will be even more upset."

* Jockey agent Scott McClellan has taken on Corey Nakatani as a client. McClellan also works for Alex Solis. McClellan had been with only one rider since Chris McCarron retired in June.

* Next year's American Oaks will be part of CBS's national racing telecast on July 5, according to Martin Panza, the track's racing secretary

* Times must be tough at Hollywood Park. In the track's stable-area kitchen, the Christmas tree ornaments this year are plastic coffee cup lids and white paper used for cash register receipts.