12/29/2005 12:00AM

Amazing Buy latest hope for Paraneck


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Aqueduct's inner-track meet is usually where Paraneck Stable enjoys its most success. After a 1-for-25 start to this year's inner-track meet, things were looking bleak for Paraneck Stable, owned by Ernie Paragallo.

But the worm began to turn Thursday when Paraneck sent out two winners at the Big A, Achilles of Troy ($5) and Two Toed Sloth ($34.20). Paragallo and trainer Jennifer Pedersen hope their winning ways continue into Sunday, when they send out Amazing Buy in the $65,000 Interborough Handicap.

Amazing Buy should appreciate returning to Aqueduct's inner track, a surface on which she went 3 for 4 last winter, including victories in the Busanda and Busher stakes. The spring and summer were not as kind to Amazing Buy, who finished last in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland before getting the summer off.

"The summer didn't appeal to her," Paragallo said. "She just wasn't herself."

Amazing Buy returned to form on Labor Day at Philadelphia Park when she went gate to wire to win the Pennsylvania Oaks. That race is best remembered for the race favorite, Private Gift, being left behind the starting gate when the doors opened.

Amazing Buy finished fourth in the Cotillion before running last in the Raven Run at Keeneland. Amazing Buy got caught in a speed duel in the Cotillion and, according to Paragallo, had an allergic reaction to a Lasix shot prior to the Raven Run.

"Her neck blew up," Pargallo said. "Mike [Smith] said she was running good, but when she hit the turn he couldn't control her. She started to bolt. If you look at the race, though, she made a big middle move."

Amazing Buy has been working well over the inner track, firing bullet works in her last two starts.

The Interborough is coming up a solid race with a big field. Bank Audit, who won last year's Interborough, is the 119-pound highweight. Others expected to run are Acey Deucey, Traci Girl, Comacina, High Peaks, Secret Forest, Welcome Home, So Sweet a Cat, Fast Laner, and Schemer.

Ruthless tops Monday card

Aqueduct will be open on Monday, a day most businesses are closed for the New Year's holiday. The $65,000 Ruthless for 3-year-old fillies will highlight the nine-race card. By running Monday, Aqueduct will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday.

A small field is expected for the Ruthless, run at six furlongs. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. does not want to run Oprah Winney, but the fact the race is coming up light may convince him otherwise. Oprah Winney won the Randaroo Stakes on Dec. 14 by 2 1/2 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

"I don't like running her back so quick after such a big number, but [stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes] is telling me the race is coming up light," Dutrow said.

Only 12 were nominated to the Ruthless. Among those likely to run are Livermore Valley, Merrimack County, Silvestris, and possibly Spenny and Ten Halos.

Congo King out with knee chip

Dutrow was hoping to run Congo King in the Count Fleet Stakes here on Jan. 7. However, that colt was found to have chips in his left knee and will be out indefinitely.

Congo King, a son of Horse Chestnut, won his maiden at first asking at Saratoga on Aug. 13. Since then, he finished fourth in the Nashua and sixth in the Remsen.

The Count Fleet, run at a mile and 70 yards, is also expected to come up light. Fagan's Legacy, Platinum Couple, and Two Deals Pending are considered definite. Out of Rock and Trailing Twelve are considered possible.