03/01/2006 12:00AM

Arroyo disgruntled after DQ

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Achilles of Troy, winning the Whirlaway, runs next in the Gotham Stakes on March 18.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Norberto Arroyo Jr. called for an investigation of the stewards after they disqualified his mount from a victory in the third race at Aqueduct on Wednesday.

"The same way there is an investigation of anything, about everybody, at the track, about trainers, jockeys, there should be an investigation of these guys," Arroyo said in a meeting he requested with reporters in the jockeys' recreation room after the race.

The stewards ruled that Arroyo's horse, Prince of Peace, came in during the stretch run as Devil's Concierge, the 1-2 favorite, tried to rally up the rail.

Prince of Peace was placed second, and Devil's Concierge was awarded the win.

"I never took away that horse's path," Arroyo said. "My horse won very, very fair. This is not the only situation. There are many situations where the number should come down and it doesn't. There are many situations where the number should stay up, like today, and it doesn't stay up. I just think there should be an investigation of the stewards. This is not justice. This is not right."

The stewards had no immediate reaction to Arroyo's statements.

"We will have no comment until we conduct a film review at 11 o'clock Thursday morning," said Carmine Donofrio, steward for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Arroyo was the leading rider in New York in 2000 with 188 wins and was the runner-up that year in the Eclipse Award voting as North America's top apprentice.

Achilles of Troy works five furlongs

Achilles of Troy remained on target for the Gotham Stakes with a five-furlong workout Wednesday at Aqueduct. He was clocked in 1:03.45 with jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard.

"He finished up good as he always does," said Dominguez. "I was very happy with him."

Achilles of Troy worked without blinkers, part of his equipment for the last five starts.

"Ramon said he did everything great," said owner Ernie Paragallo. "He was more aggressive going to the pole than with the blinkers on. But he relaxed right away and did everything right."

Paragallo said he does not anticipate removing the blinkers for the Gotham.

"There'll be no change," he said. "Hopefully, the result won't change either."

Achilles of Troy is the top story of the inner-track season, emerging as a Triple Crown contender with dominant wins in the Count Fleet and Whirlaway stakes. The Gotham, traditionally a one-mile race on the main track, will be run on the inner track this year at 1 1/16 miles on March 18.

A tough Saturday for Paragallo

Scanlon's Song, Paragallo's other promising 3-year-old, had a stressful experience last Saturday in his second start. The odds-on favorite following an impressive debut on Jan. 28, Scanlon's Song "blew up" in the security barn before the race, according to Paragallo.

"He was sweating profusely and we managed to calm him down," said Paragallo. "Then he was too calm and he didn't scope clean after the race.

"We haven't lost any faith in him," he said. "He didn't run one step in the last race."

Paragallo said he has not selected a target for Scanlon's Song's next start.

Also Saturday, Amazing Buy, a 4-year-old filly trained by Paragallo, was eased in her final start, the Rare Treat Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

Amazing Buy, who won the Pennsylvania Oaks last September, is already in Kentucky to be bred to Unbridled's Song.

"I knew a mile and an eighth wasn't her race," said Paragallo. "If she was going to run this year, she had to run in distance races and she's probably just a middle-distance horse. We gave her this shot, so now we know there are no races for her."

Evening Attire tops lone weekend stakes

A small field is expected for the $65,000 Stymie Handicap on Saturday, a 1 1/8-mile race that is the only Aqueduct stakes slated for the weekend.

Evening Attire is the projected highweight at 117 pounds. Infinite Glory (115), Liquor Cabinet (113), and Salic Law (113) are also on stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes's list of likely runners. Chilly Rooster (113) and Manchurian (112) are possible.

Lake sends two of field's six

Trainer Scott Lake takes two solid shots in Friday's $49,000 third-level optional claiming feature. The six-furlong race attracted only six runners, including the Lake entry of Silver Flower and My Cousin Matt.

, racing for a $75,000 tag, has been unbeatable in these spots. He rallied for wins at this condition level on Jan. 16 and Feb. 8, when he earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, only 2 points below his career best. Mike Luzzi has a return call.

Dominguez will ride , who won at this level via a disqualification in late December.

* Agent Randy Romero said apprentice jockey Randall Toups has received medical clearance to return on March 8. Toups suffered a fractured lumbar vertebra and a concussion when he was thrown from a mount on Feb. 16. He will begin galloping horses this weekend.

* A crew from the Bravo cable channel's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," a reality makeover show, shot segments Wednesday at Aqueduct. The hosts of the show interviewed trainers Gary Sciacca and Gary Contessa. No air date has been set.