01/13/2004 12:00AM

Aqueduct 'Cap loses Thunder Blitz


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Thunder Blitz, the winner of last month's Grade 3 Queens County Handicap, will be forced to miss Saturday's $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap after trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. discovered filling in the horse's left foreleg.

Dutrow said he noticed something amiss with Thunder Blitz on Tuesday morning, one day after the horse worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.86 over Aqueduct's inner track. Dutrow had yet to take X-rays of the leg, but said that Thunder Blitz would miss the Grade 3 Aqueduct.

"I don't like his leg today; it doesn't look good,'' Dutrow said Tuesday. "I can't see him making it.''

Thunder Blitz, a Frank Stronach-owned 6-year-old son of Holy Bull, was rounding back into the form he displayed as a 3-year-old, when he won the Flamingo at Hialeah and ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby. In two starts for Dutrow, Thunder Blitz was beaten a neck in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant and then earned a career-best 110 Beyer Speed Figure winning the Queens County by 1 1/2 lengths.

Monday, the connections of Evening Attire said they were unhappy with the 122 pounds assigned their gelding and would likely skip the Aqueduct. That would have made Thunder Blitz a prohibitive favorite in the race.

If the connections of Evening Attire do not change their mind, the Aqueduct favorite could become Abreeze, a 9-year-old gelding who has won back-to-back allowance races for trainer Scott Lake.

Others considered definite for the race are Classic Endeavor, Boston Park, Big Country, Lord Ofthe Thunder, and Seattle Fitz. Those under consideration are Danthebluegrassman, Fisher Pond, Peekskill, Rogue Agent, and Salute Him.

Paraneck barn heating up

Last winter, Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable was the leading owner for the inner-track meet in wins (16) and purse money earned ($675,042). After a frustrating start to this winter's meet - a 2-2-8 record from 25 starters - Paraneck runners won twice on Sunday's card, and things could be turning around for the stable.

Georgetown Gal, a 3-year-old daughter of Silver Charm, won a 1 1/16-mile maiden race Sunday and is now being pointed to the $75,000 Busanda Stakes on Jan. 25. Crafty Song, a 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, was a 4 1/2-length winner of a third-level allowance and is now being considered for the $75,000 Paumonok Handicap on Jan. 24.

Crafty Song, making his second start off a six-month layoff, pressed the pace for the opening quarter, dropped back entering the far turn, and rallied when guided off the rail in the stretch. It was an impressive performance, and his final time for six furlongs was a solid 1:10.53, good for a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

With the potential for Saturday's Aqueduct Handicap to come up light, another Paraneck horse, Lord Ofthe Thunder, could be an upset contender. Lord Ofthe Thunder has not won since taking the Kings Point Handicap on May 4. He has struggled with problem feet and a small back strain. But Lord Ofthe Thunder had had two third-place finishes since returning off a two-month layoff, and trainer Jennifer Pedersen thinks he is returning to form. In his second start back, Lord Ofthe Thunder stumbled leaving the gate.

"I feel he's on his way back to where he was before,'' Pedersen said. "His last race was better than the race before. I couldn't believe he fell on his face.''

Tuesday, Lord Ofthe Thunder worked four furlongs in 48.01 seconds over the inner track, the second best of 32 breezes at the distance.

Also on Tuesday, the Paraneck 3-year-old Risky Trick, second behind Smarty Jones in the Count Fleet Stakes, worked four furlongs in 48.62 seconds. Pedersen is considering shortening him back to six furlongs for Monday's $75,000 Fred "Cappy'' Capossela Stakes.

Ten Paraneck runners were expected to arrive from Florida on Wednesday. Among that group is the promising 3-year-old Redskin Warrior, who won an entry-level allowance race by three lengths at Aqueduct on Oct. 30 in his last start. He was also vanned off immediately after the race after injuring both front feet.

After 30 days of rest, Redskin Warrior was shipped to the Palm Meadows training center in Florida, where twice this month he has posted bullet five-furlong workouts. Redskin Warrior, a son of Indian Charlie, is being pointed to the Whirlaway Stakes on Feb. 7.

Quick Action works bullet for Capossela

Though things were somber at the D. Wayne Lukas stable Tuesday morning following the news that William T. Young, the owner of Overbrook Farm, died Monday, Quick Action brightened the mood with a four-furlong work in 46.18 seconds. It was the fastest of 117 half-mile moves over the Belmont Park training track.

Quick Action, an Overbrook Farm homebred son of Carson City, is being pointed to Monday's Capossela Stakes. A sharp maiden winner on Nov. 15, Quick Action finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Maria's Mon Stakes on Dec. 26.

"I hate to say it but we didn't have him ready for that race,'' said Peter Hutton, an assistant to Lukas who explained that he was planning to run Quick Action in an entry-level allowance race instead of the overnight stakes. "He had only a couple of soft three-eighths [workouts] and he came up short.''

Hutton also said that an endoscopic examination performed on Quick Action, showed the presence of mucus in his lungs. Hutton called it a 2 on a scale of 1 to 5.

Scary Bob, winner of the Maria's Mon and the likely favorite for the Capossela, worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.34 over the Belmont training track on Tuesday.

Solid Thursday card if it goes

If brutally cold temperatures and the possibility of a snowstorm don't force a cancellation, Thursday's card has some interesting allowance races.

Paris Sunrise and Bannack should be trying to run down Volkonsky and Fighting Roy Kelly in the third, a $46,000 race for horses that have not won three races lifetime.

In the sixth, Sum Marvel stretches out around two turns after a good-looking stretch run to win a six-furlong sprint first time out. He will face experienced runners Kiss an Optimist, Delta Ghost, Whizbang, and Citizenship.

Jester Rahab, a solid second in his return off a year layoff, looms the one to beat in a second-level allowance race that serves as the day's feature.