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FASTNESS FASTEST IN FEATURE : TRAINER SAHADI ORDERS THEN GETS COURSE-RECORD TIE.

Byline: Kevin Modesti Daily News Staff Writer

It's not enough anymore for Fastness to win races. It's expected. He is, after all, the best turf horse in North America.

So now the 6-year-old gray is winning them according to order.

His trainer, Jenine Sahadi, called the tune for Sunday's $700,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile shortly after the entries were announced at a Wednesday luncheon at Hollywood Park.

Sahadi noted that she trained last year's course-record-setting winner, Megan's Interco, and said, ``I hope he (Fastness) wins the race - but doesn't break the record.''

Emcee Kurt Hoover replied: ``Would it be all right if he tied the track record?''

``That would be all right,'' Sahadi said.

He had to charge through the last quarter-mile in a mind-blowing :22 1/5 to do it, but Fastness won the Shoemaker - and, yes, he equaled Megan's Interco's record for Hollywood Park turf miles since the course was reconfigured in 1984.

A win custom-made for his trainer.

When the final quarter began, Fastness and jockey Corey Nakatani were last in a seven-horse field that seemed to have let front-running Romarin and Chris McCarron steal the race. Romarin was ahead by 3-1/2 in midstretch.

``At the quarter-pole, he threw me in the backseat, he cut so hard,'' McCarron said of Romarin. ``I thought, `Oh, man, you're going to have to sprout wings to catch me.'

``I think I saw Pegasus go by at the 16th pole.''

Fastness, wide on the turn, flew by and won going away by 1-1/2. Romarin held on for second by a length over Richard Mandella stablemate Atticus. Tychonic, Debutant Trick and long shots Unusual Heat and Joker completed the order.

Fastness' victory was the fifth in his past seven races, a 12-month stretch that includes his second-place finish to Ridgewood Pearl in the Breeders' Cup Mile, and his season-debut win in last month's Inglewood Handicap.

Owned by C.N. and Carol Ray of Stateline, Nev., the Irish-bred son of Rousillon is now a millionaire, as well as a holder of two Hollywood Park records. He set the course record for 1-1/8 miles, 1:44 3/5, in the Nov. 25 Citation Handicap.

Sunday's victory in a $700,000 race made the Shoemaker the richest thoroughbred event won by a woman trainer. (Quarterhorse trainer Connie Hall won the $1.8 million All American Futurity with A Classic Dash in 1993.)

``Jenine's done a super job with (Fastness),'' Mandella said. ``Man, woman, it doesn't matter. She's obviously got a lot of talent.''

Sahadi said the Aug. 4 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar would be next on Fastness' schedule.

Fastness paid $2.80 and was expected to be the first of two sure things for Nakatani.

But in the $106,100 Princess Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Nakatani and Kentucky Oaks winner Pike Place Dancer never got closer than third as McCarron and Ron McAnally-trained Listening won by three lengths and paid $9.20.

Nakatani blamed himself for letting Pike Place Dancer drop too far off a slow pace. ``I rode bad,'' he said. ``It was as simple as that.''

Notes: Corey Black, who rode Megan's Interco in the 1995 Shoemaker Mile, didn't have a mount in this year's race. So he went north to win the $200,000 Golden Gate Handicap aboard Time Star for trainer Neil Drysdale. Bobby Frankel-trained Sand Reef and Bon Point ran 2-3. It was closing day at Golden Gate. The fairs take over until Bay Meadows opens Aug. 30. . . .

Laffit Pincay went all the way to Pennsylvania to finish last aboard Rejoyced in the Penn National Distaff. Brushing Gloom and Juan Umana won. . . . Twice the Vice and Jewel Princess are expected to carry a race-high 120 pounds in next Sunday's Milady. . . . Eddie Delahoussaye rode three winners. . . .

Jockeys Across America Day VIII, a fund-raiser for injured and disabled riders, will be held July 6. The Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund's leaders, Judy and Chris McCarron and act or Tim Conway, ask fans to take part in the annual charity event by mailing $2 - or more - to the MacBeth Fund at 505 South Beverly Drive, Suite 1019, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.

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