04/05/2002 12:00AM

Wood gets long-distance lover from Britain


JAMAICA, N.Y. - There will be some international intrigue to next Saturday's Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as Laissezaller, a Kentucky-bred colt who has raced exclusively in Britain, has been added to the field.

A son of End Sweep, Laissezaller has been trained by Amanda Perrett in England. Following the Wood, Laissezaller will remain in this country and be transferred to Bill Mott.

Laissezaller has a win, two seconds, and two thirds from five career starts. Originally purchased by Seymour Cohn, Laissezaller was sold to Diane and Guy Snowden earlier this year. In two starts over the Lingfield all-weather surface, Laissezaller finished second twice, though he was disqualified to third in his most recent outing. Both races were run at 1 1/4 miles.

"He's a big, long-striding colt,'' Perrett said from her training facility in Coombelands, about 20 miles south of London. "Jamie Spencer rode him in his last race last year and said he wants to go farther so farther we went. The horse travels well. He's got a good cruising speed. He loves to come off a fast pace.''

Laissezaller is expected to arrive in New York on Tuesday.

Perrett, who took over training from her father, Guy Howard, in 1997, said she hopes to come to New York to saddle Laissezaller on Saturday. Perrett said she does not yet have a rider for Laissezaller.

Another horse expected to run in the Wood is Iwin, a Nick Zito-trained son of Victory Speech who finished third, beaten 1 3/4 lengths by fellow Wood starter Sunday Break in an open allowance race here on March 27. Prior to that, Iwin won a preliminary allowance race at Suffolk.

Heir D' Twine, the fourth-place finisher in the Gotham, is also under consideration for the Wood.

The definite starters include: Blue Burner, Buddha, Medaglia d'Oro, Nokoma, Saarland, and Sunday Break.

Ommadon back in training

Ommadon, the 2000 Nashua winner who has been sidelined for a year because of a broken foot, worked five furlongs in 1:03.69 on Wednesday and is about three weeks from returning to the races, according to trainer Tommy Walsh.

Ommadon, a son of Grindstone, has not raced since winning an open allowance race last March 28 over Aqueduct's main track. While preparing for the Wood Memorial, he suffered a fracture of the coffin bone in the right front foot.

"It took nine months to heal. It was a long process,'' Walsh said. "They X-rayed him in January and said it was completely healed. He's always been a good-looking horse, but he's got better looking.''

Walsh said that a full-brother to Ommadon was recently born in February.

Heavyweight Champ needs prep race

Heavyweight Champ worked five furlongs in 1:01.26 over Belmont Park's main track Friday, but will skip Saturday's Bay Shore Stakes, trainer John Terranova said.

"We got off schedule and we're behind two works,'' Terranova said. "I'd rather not start off in a stakes like that and not be 100 percent ready to go.''

Terranova said Heavyweight Champ would most likely be pointed to an allowance race in May as a prep for the Riva Ridge Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day.

Led by Nashua Stakes winner Listen Here, a big field is shaping up for the Bay Shore, a Grade 3, $150,000 race run at seven furlongs. Roman Dancer, a stakes winner in California, Carey's Gold, City Sharpster, Monthir, Parade of Music, Robins Beauty, and Warners are among the definite starters. Glamdring, Lord ofthe Thunder, Pal's Partner, Stylish Sultan, and Whatasaint are among the possibles.

'Thunder' possible for Bay Shore

Lord ofthe Thunder, a New York-bred son of Saint Ballado who has won his last two races impressively, arrived at Aqueduct on Friday morning from Aiken, S.C., where he has been training for the last several weeks. According to owner Ernie Paragallo, Lord ofthe Thunder breezed five furlongs in 1:00 at the training center in Aiken on Thursday.

Lord ofthe Thunder is nominated to the Bay Shore. Paragallo said he would either run in that race or an allowance race the same day.

Paragallo, who recently parted ways with trainer Richard Lundy, said he expects to name a new trainer by the end of the weekend. He has moved most of his horses to trainer Joe Aquilino. Friday, Aquilino saddled Begateful to a win for Paragallo.

* Peeping Tom, preparing for a probable defense of his Carter Handicap crown, breezed three furlongs in 38.38 seconds Friday over Belmont's training track. Despite having just raced in Dubai - where he finished sixth in the Godolphin Mile - Peeping Tom is likely to be wheeled right back in the Carter, according to his trainer, Pat Reynolds.

* Volponi, last year's Pegasus winner, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.02 Friday over Belmont's training track. It was the fastest of 24 moves at the distance. Trainer Phil Johnson said he would look for a race either at the end of Aqueduct or the beginning of Belmont's spring/summer meet.