11/27/2003 12:00AM

U.S. duo in Japan Dirt


Fleetstreet Dancer and Outta Here are the two American challengers in a field of 16 for the Grade 1, $1.98 million Japan Cup Dirt over 1 5/16 miles at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday.

Fleetstreet Dancer, third in the Pacific Classic in August, finished second to subsequent Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect in the Oct. 4 Goodwood Handicap at Santa Anita, and then ran sixth in the Seabiscuit Handicap there Oct. 25. He will break from post 5 under Jon Court.

"Fleetstreer Dancer's been doing fantastic over here and I think he's going to run a big race," said his trainer, Doug O'Neill. "I was encouraged by his second in the Goodwood and I ran him back too quick after that. He's an easy horse to ride, and although Jon Court hasn't ridden him before, that won't be a problem."

Outta Here, third in the Swaps Stakes and seventh in the Kentucky Derby, breaks from post 12.

"Outta Here is bigger, stronger, and 50 pounds heavier than he was in May in the Derby," said his trainer, Bill Currin. "He had a troubled trip then but made up 16 lengths from the home turn. I hope he doesn't get too far back on Saturday as he's got a real turn of foot."

Alex Solis will be in the saddle.

The home forces are led by last year's third-place finisher, Admire Don, who comes off two brilliant Grade 1 triumphs, taking his career dirt record to 5 wins from 7 starts.

Other leading locally trained contenders are Name Value, easy winner of the Grade 1 Teio Sho, and the 3-year-olds Big Wolf and Utopia, who filled the first two places in the Japan Dirt Derby back in July.