02/18/2003 12:00AM

Affirmed Success waits


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The postponement of the $200,000 General George at Laurel Park from Monday to Saturday means that Affirmed Success, who was the 2-1 morning-line favorite, will miss the race.

Instead, Affirmed Success will be pointed to Aqueduct's $100,000-added Toboggan Handicap on March 15.

A major snowstorm canceled racing at Laurel in Maryland on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The General George and $200,000 Barbara Fritchie, scheduled for last Saturday, were redrawn on Tuesday and will be run on Saturday.

The storm also paralyzed the New York area and disrupted training at Belmont Park, where Affirmed Success is stabled. Affirmed Success's trainer, Richard Schosberg said the 9-year-old gelding missed important training time.

"It throws our timing off a little bit," Schosberg said. "I know other horses are in the same boat, but it's a different ball game for a 9-year-old. Also, the forecast for this weekend is lousy, with pouring-down rain. I don't want to endanger the rest of the season for one race."

Schosberg also said he was never "tickled" with Affirmed Success's 121-pound highweight status in the General George.

Affirmed Success, who won the Grade 2 General George in 2000, has earned $2.2 million for his owner and breeder, Albert Fried Jr. In his last start, on Jan. 10, he won a classified allowance race at Aqueduct. It was his first race since finishing second to last year's champion older male, Left Bank, in the Grade 2 Tom Fool in July at Belmont.

Schosberg said he would like to follow the Toboggan, which Affirmed Success won last year, with the Grade 1 Carter on April 12, another race Affirmed Success won in 2002.

But, add Peeping Tom

Lose one, gain one. The seven-furlong General George picked up Peeping Tom, who was nominated to the race but was not among the horses entered when the stakes was originally drawn last Friday.

Peeping Tom's trainer, Pat Reynolds, said the weather delay opened the door for the 6-year-old Peeping Tom to be entered on Tuesday because it gave the gelding more time in between starts. He won the General George and Carter in 2001.

In his last start on Feb. 9 at Aqueduct, Peeping Tom, owned by Lou Milazzo's Flatbird Stable, won a classified allowance race. It was his first victory since winning a money allowance at the Big A on Feb. 10, 2002. In between those wins, Peeping Tom's form took a nosedive - he even lost a race against $50,000 claimers and one against $60,000 claimers.

"Once he was back in form and came out of his last race in terrific shape, we decided it was worthwhile to go to Maryland," Reynolds said from his Belmont barn on Tuesday. "It's easy to run on short notice because once he is tight, you don't have to grind away with him, and seven-eighths is a plus for him."

Wednesday racing scheduled

After Monday's blizzard, racing was scheduled to resume on Wednesday. The last full card to be run at Aqueduct was on Saturday. Racing was canceled after one race on Sunday because of frigid temperatures.

About 25 inches of snow fell on Aqueduct and slightly less at Belmont. There was no training at either track on Monday or Tuesday.

The track superintendent's office had a huge task in front of them on Tuesday when it had to remove snow from Aqueduct's inner track. Six trucks were working the track, and by noon the snow was removed.

Pete Sinacori, the assistant track superintendent, said he expected racing to resume on Wednesday.

"We're pushing snow off the top of the cushion and blowing it out to the main track," said Sinacori. He also said the track was sealed around the time the snow began falling on Sunday evening and that crews were working around the clock. "We feel there will be racing [Wednesday], if we don't have any equipment breakdowns."

Infinite Justice vs. Unswept

Nine New York-breds entered Thursday's seventh race, a $45,000 second-level allowance at six furlongs.

In the field is New York Breeders' Futurity winner Infinite Justice, who makes his first start since finishing third behind runaway winner Funny Cide in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes on Sept. 29. Trained by Tom Bush, Infinite Justice had a bullet six-furlong work on Feb. 8.

Another solid 3-year-old in the race is Unswept, who is trained by Gary Contessa. Unswept, a big winner over the main track in November, drops back to easier company after finishing third in the open Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes on Jan. 20.

* Jockey Javier Castellano was fined $500 by the stewards for misuse of the whip following the seventh race last Friday. Castellano finished second aboard Carnie's Dancer.