03/08/2007 12:00AM

Attila's Storm gets some class relief


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Since he is not running in a Grade 1 race or facing a Grade 1 winner, Attila's Storm appears to be well spotted to earn his first graded stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct.

Though he has not won a race in 16 months, Attila's Storm has faced many of the elite in the sprint division, including Thor's Echo, the 2006 sprint champion, and Henny Hughes.

Last out, in the Paumonok Handicap, Attila's Storm broke slowly and could never catch Bishop Court Hill, last year's Grade 1 Carter Handicap winner, settling for second.

"He was gaining inches when he needed to be gaining feet," trainer Richard Schosberg said. "I don't think he will be chasing anybody this time. He'll jump out of there and he'll go fast; I'm just hoping he has that next gear."

Ramon Dominguez will ride Attila's Storm, the 120-pound highweight, from post 5.

Until Thursday, it seemed like Attila's Storm might be the lone speed in the Toboggan. But Maryland-based trainer Ben Feliciano entered Kelp, who has 3 wins and 2 narrow losses in 5 starts since Feliciano claimed him for $25,000 last August. Kelp has been on or close to the lead in all of his starts for Feliciano.

Kelp has not run since Jan. 12, when he rolled to a 6 3/4-length victory in a third-level allowance race at Laurel. Feliciano said Kelp got sick after that race and got some time off. Feliciano believes Attila's Storm will have to work hard to get the early lead.

"This horse is pretty quick," Feliciano said, adding that Attila's Storm "is going to have to go if he wants to be in front of us.

"Last time, he ran on kind of a dead track and still ran some pretty fast fractions."

If Attila's Storm and Kelp hook up, that could benefit Cavallo Pazzo, who has won four sprint races since Tony Dutrow claimed him for $75,000 off Mike Miceli last November.

"I walked away from each and everyone of them saying, 'That was good, I like that,' " Dutrow said. "I'm super-happy with the way he's coming into the race. I hope he's good enough to win. I think he's good enough to be in there."

Introspect came from just off the pace to win the Hollie Hughes for New York-breds, just his second win from his last 31 starts.

Pavo, a third-level allowance winner over this track on Feb. 15, would also benefit from a rapid early pace.