01/01/2002 12:00AM

Williams stable lacks numbers, not quality

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NEW ORLEANS - Trainer Harold Williams's pocket-sized stable fits into a quiet corner of an out-of-the-way Fair Grounds barn. But with Mimi's Tizzy and Drewman making up two-thirds of the operation, Williams has firepower.

Mimi's Tizzy won the Furl Sail Handicap here Friday, and Drewman, who returned from a long layoff and finished fourth in a sprint here Saturday, is likely to make his next start in the Jan. 20 Diplomat Way Handicap. Williams's third horse is Sophie, an unraced 2-year-old sister to Drewman by the promising sire Pulpit.

Williams, who works closely with his wife, Meg, is the grandson of the late Frances Genter, who owned champion racehorse and top stallion Unbridled. Williams's mother, Frances Williams, owned a share in Unbridled until the stallion's death during the fall in Kentucky.

Williams has been operating a small stable since 1986, claiming a horse for himself here and there, but never keeping more than five or six horses in training. The only outside client he trains for is his mother.

Frances Williams's Unbridled connection led to the breeding of Drewman, a homebred by Unbridled out of the Cozzene mare Lucky Soph. Unbridled stamped Drewman with his good looks, and some of his talent, too. A striking dark bay with a long, powerful stride, Drewman showed talent when he ran in a training race here last season, and after closing to be fourth sprinting in his career debut, Drewman won three straight races, one at Fair Grounds, one at Keeneland, and one at Churchill, all in route races.

Harold Williams said Drewman wasn't at his best when he finished third behind Touch Tone in the Iowa Derby, and after the race the colt was given a long rest while his body matured and healed. Drewman has come back in great shape, and Harold Williams used Saturday's sprint as a prep for the Diplomat Way.

Frances Williams was interested in claiming a horse to race at her home track, Canterbury Park, and with that in mind she plucked Mimi's Tizzy out of a $40,000 Hollywood Park claiming race a year ago. Frances Williams got the Canterbury win this summer, and much more when Mimi's Tizzy led all the way in the Furl Sail, which was moved from turf to dirt because of rain.

Harold Williams said Mimi's Tizzy was unlikely to wheel back Jan. 13 for the Sixty Sails Stakes, and was uncertain when the filly would race again.

What next for Where's Taylor?

Where's Taylor might have been favored had he started in the Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap here this weekend, but instead ran in a turf allowance race Sunday, which he won easily.

Making his first start since losing as the favorite Nov. 3 in the Grade 3 Robert Carey Memorial, a race he had won the previous year, Where's Taylor made a clear lead Sunday against an overmatched field and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Hilary Pridham, who trains Where's Taylor for owner Barry Golden, said the gelding will be pointed to the Mardi Gras Handicap here Feb. 12, and then will start in either the Explosive Bid Handicap, in which he finished second two seasons ago, or the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

Where's Taylor, Pridham said, prefers races of about a mile, which is one reason he landed in Sunday's allowance rather than the 1 1/16-mile Colonel Bradley, and is not assured of starting in the nine-furlong Explosive Bid. Pridham and Golden were looking to get Where's Taylor a solid win because he had suffered numerous tough beats after having run excellent races in graded stakes company the last two years.

Pridham left her position as trainer Mike Stidham's assistant to go out on her own this fall, and has won three times with seven starters. Her recent claim Where Is Kris finished second in Sunday's 10th race.

Dollar Bill works half-mile

Dollar Bill's comeback continued Monday morning with an easy half-mile work, his third work since he returned to training this fall and first beyond three furlongs. Dollar Bill, who won the Risen Star Stakes here and had a terrible trip as the favorite in the Louisiana Derby, has not started since the Travers Stakes during the summer and is returning from a leg injury.

"It was just easy," trainer Dallas Stewart said of Dollar Bill's 51-second breeze. "Everything's going terrific right now."

Stewart would like to run Dollar Bill in the New Orleans Handicap in March, but is not going to push the colt to make the race, and said Dollar Bill wouldn't start in the Handicap without a prep race.

"If he needs more time, that's what we're going to give him," said Stewart. "We want to win some big races with him this year. I think he's capable of doing that."

Also on Monday, Louisiana Derby winner Fifty Stars, who has not raced since the Kentucky Derby, worked a half-mile in 52 seconds. Trainer Steve Asmussen is tentatively pointing Fifty Stars to the New Orleans Handicap.

Rasberry draws six

After racing officials here wondered whether the race would go, Thursday's $40,000-added Elge Rasberry Stakes drew only six entrants.

For Louisiana-bred 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, the Rasberry is headed by C J's Star, but a win by any one of four horses would come as no surprise.

C J's Star, never off the board in five starts for owner CJA Racing Stable and trainer Don Cormier, deserves to be favored because in her last start she finished a good second, more than seven lengths clear of the show horse, in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie.

Sunny Scarlett has improved in all three of her starts and won the Louisiana Futurity here Dec. 22, but that field did not include a horse as good as C J's Star.

Doc Knows Best, a speed horse, was knocked off stride coming out of the gate in the Lassie, effectively taking her out of her game.

Monumental Upset put in a strong stretch run in her debut to win her maiden here just a week ago.

* There is a Friday stakes race here, the Black Gold, for newly turned 3-year-olds going about 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Eight or nine, headed by Extra Check and Rylstone, are expected to start.