03/26/2005 1:00AM

Bank Audit scores on short rest


Frank Laboccetta Jr. captured his first stakes win as a trainer on Saturday when Bank Audit ran past Sensibly Chic inside the sixteenth pole to win the Grade 2, $150,000 at Aqueduct by 1 1/4 lengths.

Sensibly Chic held off a stubborn Travelator by a nose for second. Cativa, the even-money favorite, finished a non-threatening fifth of seven.

It was the fifth win in the last six starts for Bank Audit, who began the year with a victory in the Interborough Handicap. Greg Martin trained her then, but has since been banned for an alleged milkshaking incident.

Laboccetta saddled Bank Audit to a second-place finish in the Correction Handicap before winning an optional claiming race with her on March 9. Laboccetta, who trains Bank Audit for Robert Amendola, said he was concerned running Bank Audit back in 17 days.

"I never had much success running horses back fast like that,'' Laboccetta said.

Jockey Richard Migliore had Bank Audit in fifth position as Travelator set the pace chased by Lovethatlegend, Cativa, and Sensibly Chic. Migliore had Cativa boxed inside of him, and was content to sit behind Sensibly Chic despite his filly not caring for the dirt being kicked in her face. Migliore moved Bank Audit four wide into the clear in upper stretch and she persevered through the stretch for the win.

"My mare wasn't running through the kickback great, but I didn't want to put her into the clear too soon and give Cativa a chance to get into the clear,'' Migliore said. "So I ran up behind Sensibly Chic until we straightened away and when she got in the clear, she kicked hard.''

Bank Audit ($10.60) covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.07.

Cativa, who won the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie in her last start, "wasn't comfortable on the inside," jockey Edgar Prado said. "She didn't give me a good feeling."