01/16/2002 12:00AM

Two-turn stakes may be next for Chamrousse


NEW ORLEANS - Now that trainer Niall O'Callaghan is off the schneid at Fair Grounds he might really start rolling. O'Callaghan's first winner of this meet, the 3-year-old filly Chamrousse, took a first-level allowance race here Monday and might now be bound for stakes company.

Besides *, O'Callaghan mentioned the names of several other horses who might run in upcoming stakes here. They include Tijiyr, who could start Feb. 2 in the Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup Stakes; Keats, a possible starter in the Feb. 10 Whirlaway Handicap; and Generous Rosi, who along with Keats is under consideration for the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap on March 3.

As for Chamrousse, who ran her record to 2 for 2 with a 1 1/2-length win over a good-looking allowance field, her next start could come Feb. 16 in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday Stakes here. "We'll give that one a look," O'Callaghan said.

Chamrousse, by Peaks and Valleys, has won two sprint races and would be making her two-turn debut were she to start in the Silverbulletday. O'Callaghan had hoped to stretch her out in distance facing allowance company here, but a two-turn race in the condition book earlier this month failed to fill.

"She's a big filly, and we always thought she'd like two turns," said O'Callaghan, who will analyze the result of the Jan. 27 Tiffany Lass Stakes to gauge the sort of horses Chamrousse would face in the Silverbulletday.

Tijiyr won the Grade 2 Explosive Bid Handicap here last season but missed much of the summer and fall with an injury. A disappointing 10th-place finish in the Tropical Park Handicap in December was followed by an improved fourth two weeks ago in the Grade 2 Appleton at Gulfstream Park, and O'Callaghan said he hopes Tijiyr is coming back to his best form.

Keats, winner of the Lexington stakes last year, won a recent two-turn Gulfstream allowance race and would be using the Whirlaway as a prep for the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap. Generous Rosi, ninth in the Japan Cup Dirt in his last start, is back in training at Payson Park in Florida.

Drewman to run in Diplomat Way

Drewman's connections seem to have found an attractive spot for the promising 4-year-old colt's first stakes start against older horses, Sunday's $75,000 Diplomat Way Handicap.

Drewman will meet a short field absent the winners of the first two races in the Fair Grounds handicap division, Valhol, who won the Tenacious, and San Pedro, who won the Louisiana Handicap.

The Diplomat Way could turn into a coming out party for Drewman, who lost his sprint debut here last season but then ran off three straight wins in Kentucky before finishing third to Touch Tone in the Iowa Derby. With everyday wear and tear taking its toll on the still immature Drewman, trainer Harold Williams took Drewman out of training and gave the colt several months to develop. He returned to racing with a closing fourth-place finish in a Dec. 29 sprint allowance here, a race intended to set him up for the Diplomat Way.

On Sunday, Drewman will race for the first time with blinkers, and the colt had the new equipment on for an exceptional breeze Tuesday. With jockey Frank Lovato riding, Drewman went a half-mile in 48.40 seconds over a slow racetrack rated "good," breaking off about 10 lengths behind two other horses but winding up about two lengths behind them at the wire.

"Frankie said he never asked him at all," said Harold Williams, whose three-horse string includes stakes winner Mimi's Tizzy. "He's aggressive in the afternoon, but I don't know if he's put in his best effort yet. The blinkers might help him focus."

Frances Williams, who heads the family partnership that owns Drewman, is the daughter of Frances Genter, the late owner of Unbridled, who is the sire of Drewman. Like Unbridled, Drewman is an unusually attractive horse with a long stride and a large, handsome head, and with his pedigree and good looks, expectations for Drewman's upcoming season run high.

But Williams still doesn't know exactly how good Drewman might be. "The interesting thing is, I know he's in pretty good shape, and I know he's going to run well, but I don't know exactly what that means," he said.

Other likely starters in the Diplomat Way are Castlewood, E Z Glory, and Freon Flier. Castlewood is trained by Joseph "Spanky" Broussard, who also trains San Pedro. Broussard said San Pedro does better with more time between starts and will pass the Diplomat Way to run in the Whirlaway and the New Orleans Handicap.

Training race notes

Live horses abounded in Wednesday's four five-furlong training races.

Selbourne, a daughter of French Deputy, finished third, beaten a length and a nose in the first race, which was timed in 1:02.40. Selbourne, who's trained by Mike Doyle, was never asked for much run but finished well and made a good physical impression.

The winners of the three other heats also bear watching. Barometric, a son of Kris S., rated kindly and rallied between horses to win the second race by two lengths for trainer Elliott Walden. Gib'slittleindian clocked a slow time in winning the third, but raced at least six paths off the rail on the far turn, was never asked for her best and looked like she might be suited to route racing.

And finally, State of Shock was the the most impressive winner of the day, drawing clear under mild urging to win the last heat by five lengths in a swift time. A Prospect Bay colt trained by Darren Miller, State of Shock went unsold at Keeneland's 2-year-old in training sale last April.


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