10/30/2001 12:00AM

Unrestrained hitting her peak


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Trainer Mark Hennig said Unrestrained is finally getting around to showing the talent he knew the 3-year-old filly possessed. On Saturday, Hennig will see if Unrestrained, who became a stakes winner in her last start, is ready to take it to the next level and become a graded winner in the $100,000-added Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct.

Unrestrained heads into the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for fillies and mares, off a half-length win in the ungraded Summit Stakes at The Meadowlands on Oct. 6. Hennig said Unrestrained, who likes to come from off the pace, was kept closer to the early leaders that evening because the track there usually favors speed.

"[Eibar Coa] had to ride her pretty hard to stay within striking distance and that kind of took her out of her game," Hennig said. "She's definitely getting better; she's just peaking now."

Hennig is very familiar with Unrestrained's family having trained two of Unrestrained's half-sisters, graded stakes winners Colonial Minstrel and Minidar. The dam, Minstrella, was bred and raced by Edward P. Evans, Unrestrained's owner and breeder.

"We thought a lot of Unrestrained as a 2-year-old and when we ran her the first time she was one of the favorites and she ran horrible," Hennig said. "In hindsight, her being a big filly and an Unbridled, we should have waited, I guess. The mare has thrown a lot of horses who get better with age."

Exogenous improving

Exogenous, who sustained a serious head injury on her way to the post parade for the Breeders' Cup Distaff, continues to show improvement, said assistant trainer Randy Schulhofer on Tuesday.

Exogenous was standing quietly in the back of her stall as her groom bedded down the filly's stall with clean straw.

'Apple' may go to Hong Kong Mile

Trainer Christophe Clement said the $1.8 million Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Dec. 16 is under consideration for Forbidden Apple, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Last year, Forbidden Apple finished fourth in the Hong Kong Cup, a 1 1/4-mile race, the same day as the Hong Kong Mile.

Whether Forbidden Apple, a 6-year-old, races next year will be determined by owner Arthur Appleton and Appleton's farm manager and racing manager, George Isaacs, according to Clement.

Time off for Macho Uno

Macho Uno, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, will be put away for the season as planned and will return next year, according to trainer Joe Orseno.

Macho Uno, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year, is headed to owner Frank Stronach's farm in Ocala, Fla., and will rejoin Orseno at Gulfstream Park this winter.

Macho Uno was dismissed in the wagering at odds of nearly 20-1 in the Classic, where Tiznow beat him 4 1/2 lengths.

"I thought he belonged," Orseno said. "He made a big run and maybe with a cleaner trip, he maybe would have been third. He came out of the race great and was squealing in the shed row this morning."

Orseno said no specific plans have been mapped out for Macho Uno's 2002 campaign, but did say he would like to keep Macho Uno and Red Bullet, who runs next in the $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, on separate paths.

Hollywood trip canceled

Lawrence Realization winner Sharp Performance, who was expected to ship to California for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby later this month, will not make the trip, according to trainer David Donk.

Donk said Sharp Performance would return to the races this winter at Gulfstream Park. The trainer said the colt's long-range goal would be next year's Breeders' Cup Turf.