11/01/2002 12:00AM

Tuttle has two weeks to hit his earnings target


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Chris Tuttle is on the verge of becoming only the second trainer to surpass $1 million in purse earnings at Fort Erie in a single season. Layne Giliforte, the track's leading trainer, reached that plateau slightly more than a month ago.

Heading into Saturday's card, Tuttle's earnings stood at $938,344.

"I've got the last two weeks of the season to hit the $1 million mark," said Tuttle. "That's my goal and that's what I'm aiming for. Then, when the meet ends [Nov. 12], I'm going to race at Cleveland for about a month."

Competing at Finger Lakes last year after the season ended here, Tuttle scored a remarkable 16 wins from 39 starts during his brief stay. He has no plans to return, however.

"I won't go to Finger Lakes. They cut the meet back a week this year," Tuttle said. "It wouldn't be worth shipping 10 to 15 horses there and getting to run them just once or maybe twice."

Tuttle plans to take most of the winter off. He did say he might run a couple of horses with a friend in Boston, where he might shop for some runners for next season. A shopping expedition to Florida could also be in the works.

Fairlie in top 10 at two tracks

Scott Fairlie not only ranks high in the Woodbine trainer standings - he was sixth heading into Friday's card - but he also has managed to crack the top 10 at Fort Erie. And he has done it here by winning 21 of 53 starts for a gaudy 40 percent success rate.

Fairlie has put his most prolific runner here, 4-year-old filly Final Covenant, away for the season. She scored her fifth win on Monday, tying four others for this season's high.

None of the wins was beyond five furlongs. Final Covenant was moved to Fort Erie after she displayed trouble going that far in her first two starts of the year at Woodbine.

New Singh on the scene

Handicappers: Jockey Rohan Singh is not to be confused with apprentice rider Sunny Singh.

Rohan Singh, with 92 wins, was the second-leading rider this season at Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs, which ended its meet Sept. 29. He was also leading rider there the previous two years.

At the conclusion of the Assiniboia meet, Singh, 37, moved his tack east. His goal was to reach 100 wins and to test the waters in Ontario.

Going into Friday, he has scored twice at Fort Erie and twice at Woodbine.

Born and raised in Guyana until he was 7 years old, Rohan started riding at Charles Town, W. Va., in 1984. Since then he has competed at Remington Park in Oklahoma and at Trinity Meadows in Texas. In 1992, he was steered toward Winnipeg.

Wolfie ready for winter campaign

Puss N Boots winner Get Down Wolfie is back in the entries. He was one of three also-eligibles listed for the Labeeb Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

Following a fourth-place finish to Quiet Resolve, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2000, in an allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 11, Get Down Wolfie was sent to the farm to freshen up for a winter campaign.

"For the first five or six days he really enjoyed it," said trainer Gina Powell. "Then he got bored. Basically, he was telling me he wanted to come back. When I started him up again he was training so good he was telling me he wanted to go again."