03/02/2004 12:00AM

Wildcat Shoes will become strictly a sprinter


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - One of the best 3-year-olds at Oaklawn has decided to bypass the $200,000 Rebel. Wildcat Shoes, who earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure in December when he won the $60,000 Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds, will go back to sprinting after finishing seventh in his two-turn debut last Saturday in the $100,000 Southwest Stakes.

"We're going to save him for sprints," said Jinks Fires, who trains Wildcat Shoes for Patricia Blass.

Fires said Wildcat Shoes could make his next start in either the Grade 3, $100,000 Lafayette at seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 4, or the $100,000, six-furlong Lost Code Breeders' Cup at Hawthorne on April 3.

Wildcat Shoes set a quick pace in the Southwest before being overtaken by favorite Smarty Jones. Prior to the race, Wildcat Shoes had won a maiden and entry-level allowance at Keeneland, as well as the Sugar Bowl. Wildcat Shoes was beaten a neck by Pro Prado in the $50,000 Mountain Valley Stakes opening weekend at Oaklawn. Pro Prado finished a good third in the Southwest.

Fires started Wildcat Shoes in the Southwest in part because he had handled a one-mile work in good fashion. But the trainer now plans to keep the powerfully-built Wildcat Shoes at sprint distances. Wildcat Shoes is by Forest Wildcat and out of the stakes-winning sprinter Pink Shoes.

Fires's group of 3-year-olds is deep, and he still is pointing Maisie's Son to the Rebel.

Miss Seffens goes to Elusive Quality

Miss Seffens, the multiple-stakes-winning sprinter who got her start at Oaklawn, recently delivered a colt by Fusaichi Pegasus and is to be bred back to Elusive Quality, said Steve Wren, who trained the mare for Kaaren and Hays Biggs.

Miss Seffens won 11 races and $502,600. Elusive Quality was a sprint winner on dirt and turf, and he once set a world record for eight furlongs on turf in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont. Elusive Quality is also the sire of Great Notion and Smarty Jones, who have won the past two runnings of the Southwest.

Pie N Burger, 'Shaw' to Razorback

Pie N Burger and Crafty Shaw, who finished second and third, respectively, to Private Emblem in the Essex Handicap, are being pointed for the Grade 3, $100,000 Razorback at Oaklawn on March 14.

Crafty Shaw is a definite for the race, said his trainer, Pete Vestal, while Pie N Burger is a strong possibility, according to trainer Cole Norman.

Norman said Pie N Burger has also been invited to the $1 million Godolphin Mile in Dubai on March 27. The Essex was the horse's first start since winning the $150,000 Seabiscuit on the Breeders' Cup undercard last October at Santa Anita.

"We're leaning toward the Razorback," said Norman.

* There Runs Hattie, who finished second to Drexel Monorail in the $50,000 Pippin Stakes, is being pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup on March 13, said her trainer, Blackie Huffman. One of Huffman's other good mares, Emily Ring, will make her next start in the $50,000 Spring Fever at Oaklawn on March 7.

* Sabrina Woodall, the 7-year-old granddaughter of owner Gary Woodall, has already had one horse named after her win his maiden this meet at Oaklawn. She could have another on Thursday when Sabrina's Magic, a 3-year-old filly, makes her debut in the 10th race for Norman.

Norman sent out Beanie's Bad Boy to win his maiden two weeks ago. Beanie is Sabrina's nickname. Beanie's Bad Boy is a half-brother to Sabrina's Magic. Sabrina's Magic is one of several leading contenders Norman has entered on Thursday.

* Oaklawn's 100th anniversary will be honored during the Daffodil Ball on Saturday at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. Tickets to the event, which serves as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, are $100 a plate and can be purchased by calling Oaklawn announcer Terry Wallace at (501) 321-2170. Oaklawn and Arlington Park have both hosted the Relay for Life, which is a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.