05/05/2005 11:00PM

Acey Deucey iffy for Bouwerie

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Field sizes for dirt races have been anemic in New York this spring, but that is not the case for Sunday's $100,000-added Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont Park.

The seven-furlong Bouwerie drew a field of 14 3-year-old New York-bred fillies, four of which were also entered in Saturday's Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup at the same distance.

The strength of the Bouwerie field will depend on whether any or all among Acey Deucey, Seeking the Ante, Slew Motion, and Pretty Partisan opt for Saturday's more prestigious and lucrative race or await this spot.

The weather may be a factor. Rain was expected to arrive in the New York area Friday night and into Saturday. John Morrison, the trainer of recent Comely Stakes winner Acey Deucey, would prefer the Nassau County, but said he might call an audible if torrential rains pound the main track on Saturday.

"I don't think she'll mind if there's moisture in the track, but I'd be a little worried running her in a driving rainstorm," he said.

No fewer than nine Bouwerie entrants are coming off a victory at Aqueduct, but the one-two finishers from the Comely, Acey Deucey and , are the most accomplished runners of the group.

has won 3 of 4 starts at 3, her lone defeat a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Cicada Stakes. "Time will tell, but I think she can be even better," said Morrison. "Right now, I think she's good enough to try a Grade 1."

Any moisture in the track could help , if indeed she awaits Sunday's race. Prior to shipping from Golden Gate and being given over to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. at the turn of the year, she won twice by open lengths on wet tracks, including an open allowance in the slop that earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92, the top figure in the field.

Besides the four cross-entered in the Nassau County, the field for the Bouwerie is: Sweet Sweet, unbeaten in two starts; Speed Bag, a winner of three straight; One Mean Queen; Party Maker; What's Your Point; Dancin on Broadway, who is 2 for 2 on wet tracks; Brushme On, 3 for 4 for trainer Tom Bush; Amazing Royalist, who won her only start by seven lengths; True Legend, a debut winner by eight lengths; and Miss Greeny.