04/03/2007 11:00PM

Class action on Wood undercard


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - While the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial is billed as the marquee event on Saturday's 11-race card at Aqueduct, there are several other stakes on the undercard that could serve as stand-alone events.

The Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap drew an excellent field of seven sprinters led by Grade 1 winner Latent Heat, the speedy multiple sprint-stakes winner Keyed Entry, and the late-running Silver Wagon.

Latent Heat, the starting highweight at 119 pounds, comes in from California off victories in the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap for trainer Bobby Frankel. Latent Heat drew post 6 and will be ridden by David Flores in the seven-furlong Carter.

Outside of Latent Heat is the speedy Keyed Entry, who is 4 for 4 in races contested at 7 1/2 furlongs or shorter. Keyed Entry was sidelined for 10 months while he was feeling the effects of the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished last. He romped to a five-length win in the Grade 3 Deputy Minister Handicap on Feb. 3.

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. entered Kazoo and Silver Wagon in the Carter. If Kazoo runs - he is entered in an allowance Thursday - he will most likely be used as a rabbit to set things up for Silver Wagon, who came from off the pace to win the Grade 2 General George Handicap at Laurel Park.

General George runner-up Ah Day, Wild Jam, and Diabolical complete the field.

Excelsior: Corinthian vs. Magna Graduate

Corinthian, a rising star in the handicap division, will seek his third consecutive victory when he takes on the multiple stakes-winning Magna Graduate and four others in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

Corinthian, a 4-year-old son of Pulpit, won a second-level allowance by 9 1/2 lengths on Feb. 8 before

coming back 22 days later to win the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap by a neck. Corinthian will break from the rail under Javier Castellano.

After running last in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, Magna Graduate bounced back to win the Grade 3 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oaklawn Park last out. Trainer Todd Pletcher removed the blinkers from Magna Graduate's equipment that day and was pleased with how well the horse settled.

Trainer Pat Kelly has entered Evening Attire and Naughty New Yorker in the Excelsior. Evening Attire, a 9-year-old gelding who has banked more than $2.5 million, is coming off a victory in the Stymie Handicap. Accountforthegold, winner of the Grade 3 Stuyvesant here last fall, and Happy Hunting complete the field.

Bay Shore: Rivalry hits main track

Bill Place and Wollaston Bay move their budding rivalry from the inner track to the main track in the Gradeo3, $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Bill Place drew post 6 with Wollaston Bay to his outside in the seven-horse field.

Bill Place beat Wollaston Bay in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes in January, but Wollaston Bay turned the tables on that rival in the Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes in February. The added furlong could be a question for both speedy colts.

Trainer Bobby Frankel entered Les Grands Trois and In the Woods but may only run one, as he named Flores on both. Les Grands Trois is undefeated in two starts and has the right stalking style for this field. In the Woods comes off a 5 1/4-length maiden win at Santa Anita in which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

Hobbitontherocks, Indian Camp, and Pass the Punch complete the field.