Born to Run

In the middle of his sweaty, raucous shows at MCI Center this week, Bruce Springsteen paused to talk up his presidential choice. "I don't usually endorse presidential candidates," the rock star said, according to The Post's Lyndsey Layton. "But there's a man in the house tonight who's worth standing up for. He's done drugs, he's had sex and he plays a better saxophone." Then he nodded toward his hulking band mate Clarence Clemons. "It's time we had a Big Man in the White House!" And, in case anyone was wondering, the Boss told his fans that "I haven't done cocaine. I might later, I might sometime, but I haven't up to now!"

The Boss was spotted pumping iron yesterday afternoon at the Washington Sports Club at 20th and M streets NW. Springsteen--in black baseball cap, gray sweat pants and maroon sweat shirt--brought along his own trainer, who whipped him through an hour of upper-body exercises. Hordes of fans have been staking out the Four Seasons Hotel, where Springsteen and his E Street Band are staying.

BET's Johnson Ponies Up

BET billionaire extraordinaire Bob Johnson and his wife, Sheila, are among the chairmen of the premier Warrenton Horse Show, which started yesterday and runs through Monday in Virginia horse country. They earned the title by contributing about $5,000 in prize money for this year's show.

"When they came to us for sponsorship commitment, we thought it would be good to do a jumper division," Sheila Johnson told The Post's DeNeen L. Brown. "Spectators like to see that. They run against the clock. They have tight turns. It is more of a crowd-pleasing event, especially for those spectators who do not understand the horse business."

The Johnsons are big horse people. Several years ago they built a $4.3 million horse farm on 132 acres in Middleburg, where their 13-year-old daughter, Paige, an avid rider, trains every day. Paige isn't participating in this year's Warrenton show, but she has won other national and international competitions. "She has extraordinary talent," Sheila Johnson said.

Give This Idea a Wide Birth

Here's something really, really gross: In the new issue of Men's Fitness magazine, Pamela Anderson Lee says she plans to put her son's placenta in the koi pond she's building at the Los Angeles home she shares with rocker hubby Tommy Lee. The former "Baywatch" babe doesn't say which son the afterbirth is from--her 3-year-old Brandon or 21-month-old Dylan--but offers that it's stored in her refrigerator in a plastic bag labeled "Do not eat." We have no idea why she's doing it, and Pamela's publicist said she had nothing to add.

End Notes

The Spice Girls are feuding, reports the New York Post. Geri Halliwell--the former Ginger Spice who's now a solo artiste--has just finished her memoir, "If Only," and she reportedly has some cutting remarks about her old band mates. In response, Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Melanie Brown (Scary) and Victoria Beckham (Posh) are rushing to publish their own bio, "Forever Spice," in which they'll dish some dirt on Ginger . . . Actor Kenneth Branagh will narrate a new Smithsonian/IMAX 3-D film called "Galapagos," opening Oct. 27 at the National Museum of Natural History. The film chronicles the undersea and on-land exploration of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands . . . An interesting sight: Our old pal Marion Barry emerging from lunch yesterday at Georgia Brown's on K Street NW to find that a friend's car--a black Mercedes with D.C. tags reading "PRAZ GOD"--had received a parking ticket. The Post's Marc Fisher reports that the ex-mayor picked up the ticket, examined it, read aloud the name of the ticket writer, then laughed and handed it to his friend. And off they went.

The Reliable Source will resume next week.

CAPTION: Pamela Anderson Lee and husband, rocker Tommy Lee: Wellsprings of poor taste?