02/06/2006 12:00AM

Achilles of Troy barnmate also an ace


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - While all the focus regarding New York-based 3-year-olds has been on Achilles of Troy, owner Ernie Paragallo isn't totally convinced that the steel gray son of Notebook is the best 3-year-old in his barn.

Paragallo, who heads the family-owned Paraneck Stable, is equally as high on Scanlon's Song, who won his maiden most impressively on Jan. 28. Paragallo is considering running both 3-year-olds in Saturday's $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct, the second two-turn race for 3-year-olds run this winter in New York.

Achilles of Troy established himself as a Kentucky Derby prospect on Jan. 7 when he won the Count Fleet Stakes by 14 lengths and set a stakes record by running a mile and 70 yards in 1:39.61. Three weeks later, Scanlon's Song won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race by 2 3/4 lengths, circling the field from last to win going away.

"He's as good as any 3-year-old that's run," Paragallo said of Scanlon's Song after he galloped a strong 1 1/2 miles alongside Achilles of Troy on Monday morning at Aqueduct.

As a son of Partner's Hero out of the Allen's Prospect mare Pauline's Prospect, Scanlon's Song is bred to be a sprinter. But his mammoth frame - he stands over 17 hands tall - stamps him as a true distance horse.

In his debut, at 1 1/16 miles, Scanlon's Song made a huge, five-wide move to circle the field from last to win going away at odds of 29-1. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

"I knew how good he was," Paragallo said. "We debuted him at a mile and a sixteenth. He could've went farther than that."

Paragallo purchased Scanlon's Song out of last May's Timonium sale for $110,000. He bought him even though his advisers - bloodstock agent Buzz Chace and trainer Jennifer Pedersen - counseled against it because Scanlon's Song was a gelding.

According to Paragallo, Scanlon's Song was ready to run last summer, but Paragallo thought racing him would do more harm than good because of his size. According to Paragallo, Scanlon's Song worked a sub-47-second half-mile at Saratoga last summer, surprising even jockey Ramon Dominguez, who thought he was on an older horse.

"This horse was ready to run, it just looked like we'd tear him up," Paragallo said. "He was just too big. He was this size when I bought him, he's just filled out."

Paragallo said Scanlon's Song trained in Saratoga until November, jogging or galloping two miles each morning. Scanlon's Song began working in December and had four published works leading up to his debut.

Paragallo said he wants to examine the field for the Whirlaway before committing to run Scanlon's Song. He believes a small field without much pace wouldn't do Scanlon's Song any good. He said he is also considering the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on Feb. 20 or the John Battaglia Stakes at Turfway Park on March 4.

Meanwhile, Achilles of Troy will definitely run in the Whirlaway, most likely with Dominguez in the irons. Paragallo believes he needs a veteran rider aboard Achilles of Troy, which is why he said he will "probably" replace Alan Garcia, who has been aboard for all five starts.

"Alan's a great young rider, he's just nervous," Paragallo said. "In these races you need somebody with ice water in their veins; Dominguez has ice water in his veins."

The field for the Whirlaway was in flux Monday, with as many question marks as definites. Those considered definite were Achilles of Troy, One Way Flight, Platinum Couple, River City Rebel, and Rob 'em Blind. Possible are Eye for Style, Greeley's Legacy, Like Now, Psychotic Reaction, and Scanlon's Song.

On Monday, Greeley's Legacy and Eye for Style worked four furlongs together in 47.44 seconds over Belmont Park's training track. George Weaver trains both colts and said he may run both.

Eye for Style comes off a second-place finish in an entry-level allowance race at Laurel in which he set the pace while wearing blinkers for the first time. Greeley's Legacy finished ahead of Achilles of Troy when the two were third and fourth in a maiden race on Dec. 1. Achilles of Troy has won two straight, while Greeley's Legacy won a maiden race and finished a troubled fourth in an allowance race.

Pace scenario favors Silver Flower

Wednesday's featured third-level allowance race has an abundance of speed in it, which may give Silver Flower a slight edge in this competitive six-furlong heat. The race, which carries a $49,000 purse, includes an optional claiming clause, meaning horses can be offered for $75,000.

Silver Flower is one of four runners available for $75,000. Trainer Scott Lake claimed Silver Flower for $75,000 last summer at Saratoga, and the horse has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and a third from 5 starts. He took advantage of a hot pace to rally from eighth to win a race at the same conditions on Jan. 16. He has the rail and is saddled with top weight of 123 pounds under Mike Luzzi.

He could get another hot pace to close into, however, as Kazoo, Redskin Warrior, and Diamond Wildcat are all likely to vie for the lead.

Kazoo is the mystery horse. He has not been out since Sept. 18, when he won a race similar to this one at Monmouth Park. Exactly two years ago, Kazoo won an optional claiming race over the inner track, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 106. He is now 8, but shows a strong, steady list of workouts leading up to this. Dominguez rides.

Kazoo will be coupled with Call the Lord, who won a stakes at Turfway Park last March and has only run once since.

* Sunday marked the first time in 2006 that no jockey posted a multiple-win day at Aqueduct. It was just the second time that has happened since the inner-track meet opened on Nov. 30, a span that covers 43 racing programs.