10/28/2002 12:00AM

WinStar, Walden land promising juvenile

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - WinStar Farm has purchased a 75 percent interest in the promising 2-year-old colt Erinsouthernman from West Point Stable. Erinsouthernman, third in the Grade 1 Champagne in his last start, will be turned over to trainer Elliott Walden for his 3-year-old campaign.

A Florida-bred son of Eltish, Erinsouthernman won his maiden at first asking by 4 3/4 lengths on Sept. 1 at Saratoga, running seven furlongs in 1:24.70. He next ran in the Champagne, finishing 4 1/2 lengths behind the winning Toccet.

"He made a nice move, and it looked to us like he got a little bit tired which was understandable," said Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar Farm. "Physically, we liked the horse; he looked like a horse that would fill in and be an interesting prospect. You always hope for the big races, Triple Crown, et cetera, but he's certainly a horse that looks capable of being very competitive in those preliminary races, not to mention all the derbies we have throughout the country."

Terry Finley, president of West Point Stable, said he and his partners are pleased they could stay connected with the horse.

"They offered to take between 51 and 100 percent and we were very happy to take some money off the table to stay part of the colt's career," Finley said. "We polled the partners and it's obviously good for us. [WinStar] is first rate and they do things the right way. For us to be in a position to form an alliance with them, I thought it was a big plus."

Rick Violette trained Erinsouthernman for his first two starts.

Summer Colony will race next year

Summer Colony, who finished last behind Azeri in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, will race again next year, trainer Mark Hennig said.

Hennig said Summer Colony came out of the Distaff with some mucous in her lungs, which "probably kept her from running well and that gave her an excuse," he said.

Hennig said Summer Colony - the only horse to ever beat Azeri - was headed Tuesday for Payson Park where she will spend the winter. Hennig said he had no timetable for when Summer Colony would get her campaign started.

Meanwhile, Hennig said both Gold Mover and Raging Fever would also run next year. Gold Mover won Friday's Safely Kept Handicap at Arlington and earlier this year defeated Xtra Heat in the Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder. Raging Fever, who won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap in June, finished third in Saturday's First Flight Handicap at Aqueduct.

Both fillies left Monday morning to get a respite at owner Edward Evans's Spring Hill Farm in Virginia before heading to Florida.

Hennig said that Tap Dance, With Ability, and Unrestrained would be retired at the end of the year, though With Ability and Unrestrained would run in Saturday's Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct.

Hennig said that the gash in Gygistar's foot that prevented him from running in the Breeders' Cup Sprint is improving to the point where he may nominate to the De Francis Dash at Laurel Park on Nov. 16. Hennig said he would let the injury determine when Gygistar would run next, and added that he wouldn't run the horse in the Cigar Mile on Nov. 30.

Arabis heads contentious feature

Arabis, who breezed in company with Storm Flag Flying before Storm Flag Flying won Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will try for a more modest achievement Wednesday when she heads a full field entered in an entry-level allowance race at Aqueduct.

A daughter of Deputy Minister, Arabis is making her first start since Aug. 31 when she finished seventh in a non-winners-of-two allowance race. Two starts before, she won her maiden from just off the pace while wearing blinkers for the first time. Edgar Prado, who was aboard for that win, is reunited with Arabis on Wednesday.

Arabis will be coupled with Database, who is 1 for 11, but has the breeding to handle a wet track should forecasted showers arrive.

Sugg Walker makes her first start for trainer Frank Laboccetta Jr., after going 3 for 13 for trainer Steve Asmussen. She is 2 for 3 over a wet track, and comes out of a second-place finish at this level on Sept. 22 at Arlington.

Treasure Beach, trained by Carl Domino, may be the one to beat. The Silver Deputy filly won her maiden in the Saratoga mud two starts back and finished third to Sightseek in an entry-level allowance at Belmont on Sept. 20. Sightseek came back to win a stakes at Keeneland in her next start.

Election Star was a sharp maiden winner in her last start and makes her first start for trainer Bill Mott. She must deal with post 11.