11/20/2007 12:00AM

Busman's holiday for Dutrow

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. could have a lot to be thankful for as he has horses entered in seven of the nine races on Thursday's Thanksgiving Day card at Aqueduct. His eight entrants include City Attraction in the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at six furlongs.

First post Thursday is 11:25 a.m.

City Attraction a 4-year-old son of Vicar, is coming off two allowance wins, each secured in a different manner. In a second-level allowance win at Saratoga, City Attraction rallied from off the pace to beat Noonmark, who came back to win an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 11. In a third-level allowance race at Belmont, City Attraction dueled on the lead and won by a neck over Grand Champion, who came back to win the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap and is one of six rivals City Attraction faces Thursday.

"He'll adjust to the pace of the race, I just hope he likes the track," Dutrow said. "I thought seven-eighths around one turn would be his best game, but the way he's won his last two starts sprinting was big. His last breeze was very good; I think he's back on his game."

City Attraction, who could be entered in Saturday's Cigar Mile, carries 130 pounds in the Fall Highweight, four fewer than starting highweight Park Avenue Ball.

Grand Champion just missed against City Attraction after breaking slowly. Still, trainer Jimmy Jerkens felt Grand Champion had a chance to overcome the tardy start.

"He got bottled up in there, but still he got loose and he didn't catch him," Jerkens said. "He kind of hung slightly at the end, made a run at him, looked like he was going to get to him, but [Dutrow's] horses never go the other direction."

Owner Eugene Melnyk shipped Bishop Court Hill, a 7-year-old gelding, back to New York hoping to rekindle the form he showed winning the Grade 1 Carter here in 2006. He is coming off poor efforts on turf and Polytrack at Woodbine. Thursday's race marks his first start for trainer Tom Albertrani.

"I guess this will be a good place to try him and see if he's going to be able to compete at that level again or not," Albertrani said. "As of right now the horse has been training well, he doesn't show any signs of his age. If he runs back to his form it looks like he would fit very well."

Bishop Court Hill will likely try to use his speed from the rail. Debussy and Around the Cape are other speed-oriented horses.