05/07/2007 12:00AM

Too sharp to remain in the barn


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Bruce Levine was planning to wait another week to run his unbeaten New York-bred Bustin Stones. The horse had other ideas.

So, instead of pointing to next week's Ogygian Stakes for open-company 3-year-olds, Bustin Stones will face fellow New York-bred 3-year-olds in Wednesday's Screenland Stakes at Belmont Park. The Screenland is run at 6o1/2 furlongs.

Bustin Stones, a son of City Zip, has been most impressive in his first two starts despite racing a bit greenly in both. He captured his debut by seven lengths on March 24 before winning the Times Square Division of the New York Stallion Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths on April 22. He ran seven furlongs in 1:22.38 that day, despite stumbling at the start.

"He ran fast - I don't know how much faster you could go - he got pressed, he handled the seven-eighths,'' Levine said.

Initially, Levine thought Wednesday's race had Bustin Stones coming back "a hair quick,'' which is why he was going to wait until next week's Ogygian, also at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"But he came out of the race like he never ran,'' Levine said. "I'd much rather go against statebreds. If he runs good, maybe I'll take a shot at the Woody Stephens.''

Levine is referring to the Grade 2, $250,000 sprint race for 3-year-olds on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 9.

Bustin Stones, who looks like the main speed of Wednesday's race, will break from post 6 in the seven-horse field.

Bustin Stones's toughest competition figures to come from Chief's Lake, who makes his 3-year-old debut for the Steve Asmussen barn. Chief's Lake went 3 for 3 at Belmont last fall, including a four-length victory in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes.

Chief's Lake had an interrupted training schedule in the winter, but has breezed eight times since March 5, including a half-mile in 48.17 seconds on Monday at Belmont. It was the fastest of 34 works at the distance.

Garrett Gomez, aboard Chief's Lake for two of his wins last fall, has the call from post 6.

Indian Camp, a son of Forest Camp, returns to New York-bred competition after finishing fifth in the Bay Shore Stakes in April. Prior to that, he won a statebred first-level allowance race by 3 1/2 lengths.