07/30/2002 11:00PM

What's fast for others is routine for Mayakovsky


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Any doubts about whether Mayakovsky will be on his toes coming off a four-month layoff and turning back to six furlongs for Saturday's $150,000 Amsterdam Handicap at Saratoga were erased in 46.18 seconds here on Wednesday morning. That's the time it took for the powerful-looking Mayakovsky to work a half-mile in preparation for the first in what trainer Patrick Biancone hopes will be a series of four races leading up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"We tried to get him to go the slowest we can," said Biancone when asked if Mayakovsky's work might have been a bit faster than he would have liked coming just 72 hours before the Amsterdam. "That work was just normal for him."

Mayakovsky became an instant sensation here last summer, establishing the 5 1/2-furlong track record winning his career debut on opening day and finishing second behind Came Home in the Grade 1 Hopeful. After getting the winter off, Mayakovsky easily captured the Gotham Stakes in his 3-year-old debut but his Kentucky Derby hopes were sidetracked when he finished a tiring fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

"He got the winter off because of an injury," said Biancone. "This time we decided to give him time to mature, muscle up, and be fresh now that we've elected to keep him sprinting for the remainder of the year."

Mayakovsky could have his hands full in the Amsterdam with the undefeated Greatness, who worked five furlongs in an equally impressive 59.24 on Tuesday.

"I'm not positive he'll run Saturday but he probably will," said Allen Jerkens who trains Greatness for owners Marilyn and Edward Seltzer.

Greatness has captured his only two starts by a combined margin of 14 lengths and will be making his stakes debut in the Amsterdam.

"He's been doing well but the heat's been so tough here this week I want to make sure he's holding up okay before I definitely decide to run him Saturday," said Jerkens.

John Velazquez will be aboard Greatness for the first time in the Amsterdam.

Bold Truth, Boston Common, Day Trader, and Heavyweight Champ are the others expected to start in the Amsterdam.

Gygistar set for Jim Dandy

Trainer Mark Hennig also has Velazquez lined up to ride Gygistar in Sunday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes.

"He's doing good and as of now I plan to enter and run him in the Jim Dandy," Hennig said Wednesday.

Gygistar has won 5 of his 6 career starts, including the Grade 2 Dwyer and Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup in his last two outings.

Beau's Town works swiftly

Beau's Town, the king of the Midwest sprint division, has come east to test the best of the local division beginning Aug. 11 in the Grade 2 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap. He tuned up for his Saratoga and graded stakes debut Wednesday morning working six furlongs in 1:10.24 with Pat Day aboard.

"He went a little too fast the first part of it," said trainer Lynn Whiting. "I told Pat to let him run away from the pole because he was a little too relaxed in his last work. He really sizzled early and while he tired a little in the last eighth we got what we wanted."

Adirondack may be next for Make Out

Two-year-old filly Make Out established herself as a prime candidate for the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes on Aug. 12 with a convincing four-length victory over entry level allowance rivals on Wednesday.

Make Out was ridden by Jose Santos and is trained by Linda Rice for the Trackmen Golf Club and Golden Dome Stable. Golden Dome purchased a half interest in Make Out following her 2 1/2-length win in her career debut on July 10.

High-profile maiden will debut soon

Alajwad, a $5.5 million purchase by the Godolphin Stable at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sales, moved another step closer to his much anticipated debut after working five furlongs in 1:00.40 in company with stablemate Al Saqaar on Tuesday.

Alajwad is a son of Storm Cat and La Affirmed, which makes him a full brother to graded stakes winners Caress, Country Cat, Bernstein, and Della Francesca.

"He's probably about two or three weeks away from a race," said William Balding, assistant to trainer Eoin Harty, who has sent four Godolphin 2-year-olds to Saratoga this summer. "He went an easy five-eighths Tuesday since it was his first work over the track. We haven't really pushed him yet. He'll get a little more serious next time."

Street Cry has final Whitney work

Street Cry, the leading handicap horse in the world based on dominant wins in the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap, worked five furlongs in 1:03.09 Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. Belmont clockers timed Street Cry's final three furlongs in 36.60 seconds.

Street Cry was to scheduled to ship to Saratoga on Thursday morning and run in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap.

Street Cry is 3 for 3 this year and 5-5-1 from 11 starts. He will most likely go off the favorite in a Whitney field that includes defending race champion Lido Palace, 2000 Juvenile champion Macho Uno, Belmont track-record setter Left Bank, and 2000 Travers winner Unshaded. Trainer Allen Jerkens is considering running Saint Verre, which could change the dynamic of the race as that horse would keep Left Bank from getting loose on the lead.

In other Godolphin news, Suburban Handicap winner E Dubai worked five furlongs in 1:02.31 on Monday at Belmont. Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said E Dubai would most likely make his next start in the $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap here on Aug. 17.

Migliore displays gourmet touch

Jockey Richard Migliore became chef Richard Migliore on Tuesday.

Migliore put on a cooking exhibition then prepared a special four-course meal that evening at the Springwater, a Saratoga bistro, that he served to the restaurant's regular customers as well as a large crowd of racetrackers. Among those sampling Migliore's culinary talents were NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz along with trainers John Kimmel, Todd Pletcher, Mike Hushion, and Rick Violette.

"Cooking is just a hobby," said Migliore. "I do it at home for family and friends. Last night was a one-shot deal for me as a full-time chef. It's way too much work. The good news is everybody I polled who ate at the restaurant seems to be doing well and I haven't lost any mounts."

- additional reporting by David Grening and Glenye Cain