10/31/2006 12:00AM

Cancellations create stakes-heavy weekend


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Thursday is the calm before a storm of activity at Aqueduct, where 11 stakes will be run in the next three days. Last Sunday's Nashua and Tempted, a pair of Grade 3, $100,000 stakes at a mile for 2-year-olds, drew 11 combined entrants before being postponed by dangerous winds. They were rescheduled for Friday and re-opened to all original nominees, and may pick up additional starters.

The extra five days is a plus for probable Tempted choice Five Star Daydream, who would have had two weeks between starts after winning the restricted Hot Milk Stakes at Belmont. It also helps Nashua contender Day Pass, who won his debut Oct. 7 for Kiaran McLaughlin. "The only bad part about putting him in the Nashua is the timing," said McLaughlin before the postponement. "I wish he had another week or so." Wish granted.

Saturday's six-race Breeders' Cup Day card has turned into a five-stakes extravaganza now that three stakes postponed last Saturday - the Knickerbocker, Sport Page, and First Flight handicaps - have been brought back to join the Long Island and Turnback the Alarm handicaps.

The Grade 3 Sport Page and the Grade 2 First Flight, a pair of $150,000 seven-furlong sprints, will precede the Grade 2, $150,000 Long Island, a 12-furlong marathon that is the season's final graded turf stakes for fillies and mares in New York.

On Tuesday, First Flight contenders Annika Lass, Grecian Lover, and Win McCool all worked at Belmont Park. Annika Lass, second in the recent Gallant Bloom, went a half-mile in 49.27 seconds on the main track for trainer Scott Blasi. On the training track, Bobby Barbara sent out Floral Park winner Win McCool to work a half in 46.17, the second-fastest of 50 moves at the distance. Also on the training track, Grecian Lover, runner-up in the Bed o' Roses at Aqueduct's spring meet, worked five furlongs in 1:00.27 for trainer Allen Jerkens.

Race 5 on Saturday will be the Grade 3, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. The live card concludes at 2:47 p.m. with the Grade 3, $100,000 Knickerbocker at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Likely Knickerbocker favorite Fishy Advice worked a half in 49.71 on Belmont's main track Tuesday. Eibar Coa has picked up the mount.

Four races from the New York Stallion Series put a ribbon on the weekend Sunday - two $100,000 six-furlong sprints for juveniles, and two $75,000 turf races at 1 1/16 miles for older horses.

* Thursday's nominal feature is race 8, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Hostess, fifth in the Virginia Oaks, may be a slight favorite over Miracle Moment, who drops after setting the pace in a restricted stakes.