08/01/2001 12:00AM

Works say North East Bound's ready to fire


OCEANPORT, N.J. - According to Bill Perry, North East Bound isn't what you would call a great work horse.

So North East Bound must be sitting on a monster race in this Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Oceanport Handicap, part of the Grade 1 Haskell undercard, as he has drilled two bullet workouts since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 United Nations July 1.

North East Bound stretched out to the longest distance of his career in the U.N., and ran arguably one of his better career races under the circumstances, holding on very strongly in the stretch to finish 4 3/4 lengths back of the disqualified With Anticipation.

Now, North East Bound is prepared to return to distances more suited to his style, between one mile and 1 1/8 mile. The Oceanport will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

"He came out of the U.N. better than he went in," said Perry, who trains the 5-year-old for Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano. "I'm looking for him to get things rolling again."

On Haskell Day last year, North East Bound captured the Battlefield Stakes, setting off a campaign that would be capped off by his lifetime-best effort. After the Battlefield, he won the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger and Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup, and then came up a neck short in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Since the BC Mile, he won the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile, but then ran poorly in the Dixie at Pimlico. The Oceanport is the key race for North East Bound, the 121-pound highweight, to begin a campaign similar to his successful one last year.

Others likely to contest the turf event are Crash Course, Mi Narrow, Moorish Prince, Tubrok, and Sardaukar. Possible starters are Cogburn, El Mirasol, Ready to Roll, Cogburn, Key Lory, and Night Patrol.

Sardaukar, graded-stakes placed in California, debuted for Alan Goldberg in winning the Bet Twice Stakes here July 14. He will be tough if he takes to the Monmouth turf on Sunday as he did three weeks ago.

Jersey Breeders set up Salvator

The $50,000 Jersey Breeders' Handicap for state-breds on June 16 probably didn't figure at the beginning of the meet to be a key race for the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile, the main Haskell undercard stakes, but it will produce two starters - Thistyranthasclass and Sea of Tranquility.

Thistyranthasclass has been pointing for the Salvator Mile since the beginning of the meet, and he has remained on track for the race with two victories and a nose defeat in the Jersey Breeders' Handicap to Sea of Tranquility.

Sea of Tranquility, after defeating Thistyranthasclass in possibly the best race of the meet, returned in the Bernie Dowd Handicap with a win to gear up for the Salvator.

Hal's Hope, winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby last year, will be one of the few out-of-town invaders shipping in. Hal's Hope shipped in to Monmouth on Wednesday, and will looking to use the Salvator as a prep for the Grade 2 Iselin August 26.

Barry Rose, son of owners and breeders Harold and Elsie Rose, said that Hal's Hope won his last race, the Carterista Handicap at Calder "so easily that we decided to send him here. He's doing really well."

Rize, Left Bank, Knock Again, Rock N' Roll, and Trajectory are also possibilities for the race.

Lucky Lune lands in Eatontown

Lucky Lune has run into some tough horses in her recent starts, and Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Eatontown Handicap could be the easier spot that she needs to end a four-race losing streak. The Eatontown will be run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for fillies and mares.

Lucky Lune, a 4-year-old trained by Christophe Clement, was second to Colstar in her last start, the Grade 3 All Along at Colonial Downs. She was third in the Vinery Matchmaker here June 16, and also ran second to Innuendo at Gulfstream in her first start this year.

Mumtaz was second in the Eatontown last year, and makes the return trip Sunday for trainer Tom Amoss. Piazza Di Spagna defeated Mumtaz in the Inside Information Stakes here three weeks ago, and enters the Eatontown off three consecutive front-running victories.

Cousin Gigi, Crystal Sea, Doc's Destiny, Laurica, and Quidnaskra are likely starters. Amourette, Melody Queen, Song for Annie, and Verruma are also probable starters.

Three $75k stakes on undercard

There are three other stakes on the Haskell Day undercard - the Teddy Drone, Restoration, and Lady's Secret. All of the stakes carry $75,000 purses.

The Restoration is for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The likely starters are Cozy Dance, Moomtazz, One Eyed Joker, Punkin Head, Sir Brian's Sword and Spruce Run. Possible starters are Pan De Vida and Pegylation.

The Teddy Drone is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, and will likely include Holiday Magic, Loaded Gun, Markus, Normandy Beach, Oro de Mexico, Personal First, and possibly Rudirudy and Unreal Madness.

Arty'svirginiagirl, Gold for My Gal, Powerful Package, Silent Serenade, and Steppedoutofadream will likely contest the Lady's Secret, for fillies and mares at one mile and 70 yards. Others probable for the stakes are Miss Linda, Quixote's Hope and Serela.

Jamaican Rum hits town

Jamaican Rum was the first to ship in for the Haskell, arriving around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez and groom John Flakes accompanied him from California.

Jamaican Rum galloped Wednesday morning, and might breeze Friday. Trainer James Cassidy is due in Thursday night.

"He shipped well," said Flakes of the big gray colt. "He has had a good attitude and is getting a feel of the track."

The Haskell field is shaping up as a six-horse field, as Indygo Shiner and Scorpion are unlikely to come. Point Given, Jamaican Rum, Touch Tone, Hero's Tribute, Burning Roma, and This Fleet Is Due are the definite starters. First Spear is still a slight possibility.

Bill Mott, trainer of This Fleet Is Due, named Pat Day on his colt.

* Jennifer Whitaker, an apprentice at Emerald Downs in Washington state, flew here from Seattle Tuesday night and began riding Wednesday. She was the leading apprentice at Emerald, where she won 35 times from 270 mounts. She has a five-pound weight allowance.