09/12/2001 11:00PM

Two stakes on tap at Fairplex


POMONA, Calif. - Racing lurches onward Friday at Fairplex Park, where the Los Angeles County Fair race meet continues with an unexpected stakes doubleheader, a 12-race card, and an early 12:30 first post that will be in effect through the remainder of the meet.

The twin stakes and post change are results from Tuesday's card that was canceled after the terrorist attack on New York City and Washington D.C. One of the cancelled races, the $50,000 Beau Brummel Stakes, will be run as race 7 Friday. The second is the $50,000 Pio Pico, originally scheduled for Friday and carded as race 11.

Fair officials have gone to an early post time - 30 minutes earlier - to run more races and compensate for the cancelled races. Officials are hoping Friday's card goes off with less drama than Wednesday, when racing was interrupted for 30 minutes because of a bomb threat.

Handicappers may recognize the makeup of the Beau Brummel. The 6 1/2-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds was redrawn with all seven runners, including Avenue of Rich's, listed Tueday as the 8-5 favorite on the track's morning line. Avenue of Rich's won his only start July 27 at Del Mar, and was claimed for $50,000 off the 3 1/2-length win.

Now trained by John Sadler, Avenue of Rich's faces Four Cards Too, who also earned a 76 Beyer Speed Figure is his maiden win. Two other contenders are Debonair Joe and Phoney Gold.

Eight runners entered the Pio Pico, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes for California-bred fillies and mares. Contenders include Warren's Whistle, trained by all-time leading Fairplex trainer Mel Stute, and Storm Kisu.

Although Warren's Whistle sports sufficient credentials, Stute said the race is a prep for a $100,000 stakes seven days later.

"I'm kind of pointing for the [Sept. 21] Las Madrinas, so I'm using it as a workout," Stute said.

Storm Kisu has won only 3 of 30. However, she enters the race in top form, having finished second in a Del Mar allowance last time out.

"She's a come-from-behind sprinter, and her form is good right now," trainer Don Warren said. The notion that front-runners have an advantage on the five-eighths mile Fairplex track is simply not true, according to Warren.

"The myth that you need a speed horse on the front end at Pomona is just that - a myth," Warren said. "It almost seems like you can come from behind easier here than anywhere."